At Your Request

At Your Request

After Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff’s father lost the family fortune in a poor investment decision, she finds herself banished from the fashionable set within New York society and directly into the wallflower section. Taking on work as a social secretary in order to help with family expenses, she spends her time penning out invitations to all the most sought-after events, wonde...

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Title:At Your Request
Author:Jen Turano
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:105 pages

At Your Request Reviews

  • Cynthia Marcano
    Jan 10, 2017

    Good read and nothing less than I expect of Jen Turano. Looking forward to reading about the wallflowers.

  • Rachel Dixon
    Jan 04, 2017

    Jen Turano continues to bring life and joy to her readers through her books. At Your Request is the introduction to a brand new series. Short and sweet, we get a little glimpse at the world we are about to enter in the first full length book Behind the Scenes which releases in April 2017.

    Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker provide a fun and entertaining story that sets the stage for this series. We are introduced to the people who we will be spending our time with in the future. I

    Jen Turano continues to bring life and joy to her readers through her books. At Your Request is the introduction to a brand new series. Short and sweet, we get a little glimpse at the world we are about to enter in the first full length book Behind the Scenes which releases in April 2017.

    Miss Wilhelmina Radcliff and Mr. Edgar Wanamaker provide a fun and entertaining story that sets the stage for this series. We are introduced to the people who we will be spending our time with in the future. I adore the Gilded Age and am greatly looking forward to "attending" Alva Vanderbilt's famed costume ball in the next book.

    Because this is a short book, I don't want to give anything away, however, you can read this book for yourself for FREE! And can you believe this cover? Jaw droppingly beautiful! Quirky and fun, Wilhelmina and Edgar will have you cheering them on from the sidelines, or in my case probably sprawled out on the ice for my lack of coordination while skating. I have found that I think one of the main reasons I am continually enthralled by Jen's books, is that they remind me a bit of Anne of Green Gables. With elegant speech and interesting predicaments, these books never lack for humour and adventure.

  • Susan Snodgrass
    Jan 05, 2017

    I have long been a fan of Jen Turano's books, since I read her very first. She has the most wonderful dry sense of humor ever and applies that to all her books. Jen Turano's books are just plain fun to read and make you feel GOOD! I laugh out loud all the time when I'm reading her books and certain passages are so hilarious, I find myself going back and re-reading them several times. If you're looking for a great time, don't miss Turano's works. You'll be glad you did.

    She crafts characters that

    I have long been a fan of Jen Turano's books, since I read her very first. She has the most wonderful dry sense of humor ever and applies that to all her books. Jen Turano's books are just plain fun to read and make you feel GOOD! I laugh out loud all the time when I'm reading her books and certain passages are so hilarious, I find myself going back and re-reading them several times. If you're looking for a great time, don't miss Turano's works. You'll be glad you did.

    She crafts characters that are larger than life and funnier than anything! I love them all. AND...we get a hefty sneak peek at her next full length novel at the end of this one. I can't wait!

  • Anne
    Sep 09, 2016

    I SHOULD LIKE A BLURB, PLEASE. ;)

  • Rebekah Rodda
    Jan 14, 2017

    A delightful romance. This novella has engaging characters and funny situations and was a pleasure to read. Recommended for a quick fun historical romance read.

  • Kara
    Jan 04, 2017

    A lovely novella that humored me immediately and couldn't put down, also gives a peek into Turano's next book, Behind the Scenes :) Looking forward to Permilia Griswold's story!

  • Carrie Pagels
    Jan 03, 2017

    A Delightful Escape!

    This prequel novella was an absolute delight to read. The only downside was that, being a novella, it ended so soon! Delightful and quirky characters, a charming romance, and a lovely ending that prepares the reader for the launch of this new series.

  • Elizabeth
    Jan 10, 2017

    At Your Request ( Apart from The Crowd )A Novella

    Jen Turano

    At Your Request is the prequel to Turano’s new series Apart From The Crowd. I really loved the novella and looking forward to reading the first book Behind The Scenes which releases in April 2017.The author captured my heart right at the start and did not let go till the end. I loved the novella and the characters, they were well written and easy to follow. Turano writes quirky and lovable characters, which will keep you laughing through

    At Your Request ( Apart from The Crowd )A Novella

    Jen Turano

    At Your Request is the prequel to Turano’s new series Apart From The Crowd. I really loved the novella and looking forward to reading the first book Behind The Scenes which releases in April 2017.The author captured my heart right at the start and did not let go till the end. I loved the novella and the characters, they were well written and easy to follow. Turano writes quirky and lovable characters, which will keep you laughing through the story.This is Wilhelmina and Edgar’s story. Wilhelmina is one of society wallflowers. Her father having lost all his fortune ,she must take on a job of social secretary. Edgar was a childhood friend, who has been gone for a while. He is also a different person . What will he think of Wilhelmina after he finds out that her father has lost everything?

  • Ruth
    Jan 20, 2017

    Wilhelmina Radcliff once had all of New York society at her feet, her future glittering with promise. But when her father's unscrupulous business partner lost the family fortune, Wilhelmina went from social darling to wallflower, forced to seek employment as a social secretary to help keep her family afloat. When Edgar Wanamaker, once her closest friend -- and her first proposal of marriage -- appears at a ball where she is employed by the hostess, Wilhelmina is mortified. With the assistance of

    Wilhelmina Radcliff once had all of New York society at her feet, her future glittering with promise. But when her father's unscrupulous business partner lost the family fortune, Wilhelmina went from social darling to wallflower, forced to seek employment as a social secretary to help keep her family afloat. When Edgar Wanamaker, once her closest friend -- and her first proposal of marriage -- appears at a ball where she is employed by the hostess, Wilhelmina is mortified. With the assistance of a few fellow wallflowers she attempts to avoid the utter humiliation of facing the one who got away. But when Edgar convinces her to give him a few moments of her time, for the sake of their once close friendship, a spark of hope rekindles in Wilhelmina's heart. Could it be that an outcast wallflower didn't miss her first, best chance at love after all?

     marks another reading first for me this year, as it is my first foray into Jen Turano's fiction. As the set up to her new Apart From the Crowd series, Wilhelmina and company's stories promise to be a clean read alternative for those who might otherwise enjoy mainstream historical romance authors such as Lisa Kleypas or Julia Quinn. I loved how Turano set up the premise of the series, as the wallflowers break social barriers and bond over their shared social ostracization. I'm also a sucker for second chance romances, and while the brief length of this novella limits reader engagement in Wilhelmina and Edgar's story, even from this brief sample it is abundantly clear that Turano is capable of telling a charming tale with warmth and humor.

    Those looking for historicals with historical depth will not find that here, for

     is essentially a Hallmark romantic comedy with rudimentary historical trappings for color. The dialogue lacks spark or the flavor of historical authenticity, overly formal and often clunky. That said, I believe Turano fills a unique niche within the historical fiction market, bringing humor and a contemporary sensibility to her writing that possesses great potential, leaving me curious to sample Turano's full-length fiction. The first book in the Apart From the Crowd series,

    , releases in April, and follows the budding romance introduced here between Wilhelmina's fellow wallflower, Permilia Griswold, and department store owner Asher Rutherford. I really enjoyed Permilia's character, and her spark-filled introduction to Asher reminded me of

     -- so I am already invested in their story. 

     was the perfect introduction (at long last!) to Turano's lite historical romantic comedies. While not without issues, I enjoyed this sample and am curious to see how Turano's humor and heart translate to a full-length work.

  • Hannah
    Jan 23, 2017

    OOOHHH, I just can't do it. I keep getting snagged in by Turano's gorgeous covers and cute synopses, and I keep hoping for some improvement in the plotting. Apparently I'm insane for doing it, too; I keep hoping for a different result and getting frustrated at the repetition of irrational plots.

    The minute impoverished Wilhelmina sees the man she previously rejected as not good enough or rich enough, she dives into the midst of friends at the ball to hide from him. When he comes to greet her, she

    OOOHHH, I just can't do it. I keep getting snagged in by Turano's gorgeous covers and cute synopses, and I keep hoping for some improvement in the plotting. Apparently I'm insane for doing it, too; I keep hoping for a different result and getting frustrated at the repetition of irrational plots.

    The minute impoverished Wilhelmina sees the man she previously rejected as not good enough or rich enough, she dives into the midst of friends at the ball to hide from him. When he comes to greet her, she

    That's not the worst of it...her body gets wedged there helplessly: "...he squatted down next to her. 'Do you think the fabric of your skirt snagged on a nail?'...'I'm afraid I'm no longer that type of stuck, Edgar. It's more a case of my, um, parts, not exactly fitting in the small amount of space I tried to squish them into.' Well, easy fix, Edgar. Lift the chair up, and gravity will help you out. Especially since "Wilhelmina had never been a lady possessed of a waifish figure," right? Gravity is a wonderful ally.

    But her "friends" leave her lying on the floor for fully three more pages while they attempt to restrain laughs, eat sugar biscuits, and discuss the growing size of bustles in the newest fashions. In fact, Edgar squats there helpless, leaving her friend Miss Griswold to finally tug a bit on the chair, grunting ineffectually. Mrs. Travers, the hostess, comes by to ask what's going on. Discussion begins of why, which obviously Wilhelmina can't say with Edgar himself squatting there trying not to laugh (seriously, this guy has the hamstrings of an Olympian, or he'd be cramped up by now.) So Miss Cadwalader has to rescue her: "'She's under there because of the mouse....it wasn't a little mouse, mind you, but an enormous one, with rather large teeth.'" Insert three more pages of ladies leaping onto chairs and servants rushing out with brooms.

    Wilhelmina is still stuck. Edgar is still squatting near. (Shall we make that Spartan hamstrings?)

    Finally, Miss Griswold tries the chair again. She

    so Edgar can Pop! the chair off with good results: "leaving her still on the floor but without a chair attached to her."

    Having picked her up off the floor, Edgar strolls around the ballroom with her, where they spat a little and where Wilhelmina comments on the size of his muscles and pokes his arm to see how hard they are (Seriously, not kidding, guys!!) and he tells her he's come back to town to get married. Oh...and he thanks her for having rejected him.

    And that's just the first couple of chapters!! Afterward we have instalove (they haven't seen/spoken to each other in seven years) and a HEA. With lots of crazy bits in between.

    If you see me mark another Turano as want-to-read you have my permission to stage an intervention....at least it's free!