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Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn't guaranteed to "take". After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she's finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym "Miss Quill".
Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it's simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she's determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she'll end up at risk as well.
As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there's more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated....
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By Iluv2knit on 01-13-18
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I've always enjoyed historical fiction and this one was no exception. It was a very charming story.
What other book might you compare Behind the Scenes to and why?
I am not sure. I can definitely say that I found the story to be very chaste and engaging. I recall laughing out loud several times and it definitely improved my commute.
Which character – as performed by Lauren Ezzo – was your favorite?
I liked the main character the best but she did a great job on the male voices, I know that sometimes it's hard to do that well, but she was excellent.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Faith and diligence always leads to success.
Any additional comments?
You don't have to be a Christian to enjoy this book, but I found that it re-enforced my faith as I've also seen God's influence in my own life. This was a very enjoyable listen and greatly helped my commute.
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By Betababe on 05-20-18
The Gilded Age!
A titter here, a grin there, and several outright guffaws later I found myself absolutely delighted not only with the narrative but the narration (by Lauren Ezzo). Barons of Industry provide the wealth but the Knickerbocker Set wields as much power in New York as ever did the ton in London. No titles, but prominent hostesses hold sway and the fit and style of a gown and the bloodlines of its owner remain fodder for gossip. Our heroine Permilia is a confirmed Wall Flower who would rather be helping her father manage his mines than finding a spouse. A suffragist and strong supporter of women's equality, she nonetheless becomes tongue-tied in the presence of society gentlemen. Spicing the action is a murder plot, tours of the Vanderbilt mansion, and a mad-cap ride in a dumb waiter. In fact the whole story is a delightful mad-cap ride with a sweet Christian twist!
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