Parmila Griswold makes the most of her circumstances despite the fact that she didn't grow up among society, and doesn't fit in. But now that her business minded father has remarried, she must accompany her new step-mother and step-sister to all the society functions including Vanderbilt's Costume Ball.
Parmila doesn't shy away from her "Wallflower" status, and decides to make friends among the other "Wallflowers." Befriending the other girls that the rest of society likes to look down their noses at, including Gertrude Cadwalader who is a lady's companion to a mischievous Mrs. Davenport.
Asher Rutherford is a high society gentleman, a success in his own right and who also comes from a good family. He owns Rutherford & Company Department Store, and Parmila is surprised at how easy he is to talk to. Could it be that Asher is too good to be true?
Parmila is a strong independent woman who goes out of her way to help others. She is full of ideas and willing to try new things. She's fiercely passionate about helping others, and she wants to give her money to those less fortunate.
I really liked Asher, he takes a while to like because is a silver tongued dandy, who always seems to know the best way to sell something which is what makes him a good salesperson. But underneath it all, he's a genuine gentleman, and he's open to new ideas.
This is a wildly entertaining book that made me laugh out loud numerous times, with the colorful and at times larger than life characters that bring this vibrant read to life. The hilarious situations are descriptive and believable, and the dialog is clever and witty. I loved the fast paced plot full of surprise twists, perfect for someone who likes historical romance with a humorous twist!
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