Thursday, January 17, 2013

Fun Loving Story! ~ A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano ~ Review

Historical novels can often have a hard time capturing and keeping a snarky, fun-loving, sarcastic heroine without making her seem too soon for her time. So kudos to “A Change of Fortune” for very much succeeding in creating a cast of memorable characters.
  It’s a fun loving story with characters that don’t take themselves too seriously, but also have serious situations working against them to create constant conflict. From being arrested to a little girl who speaks her mind, to a scheming match making mother, plenty of light comedy and potential for romance to go around…the story doesn’t get dull.
  Eliza has such a fun voice on the page. Determined to take her fortune back, I loved that as a reader, I didn’t have to watch her lie to our hero, but simply told him who she was and why she had crossed the ocean from England.
  Dialogue is a blast. The simple writing of it keeps the book filled with giggle moments and also moments of pure seriousness. When a character starts waving a gun around…yeah it might be time to cut the humor. It’s a really good blend of comedy/romance/suspense/historical. I think it will easily appeal to lovers of historical fiction, but also those who enjoy the contemporary comedies.
  Enjoyable. Cute. Humorous. Good writing. It’s a combination for a memorable debut and leads the way for what I hope is a great series.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.

More about the novel...

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancĂ©, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she's determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London. 

Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone. 

Eliza's hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence. 

When all of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.


  1. Hi Casey!

    I just got this book last month and am looking forward to reading it. I'd read Jen's "Gentleman of Her Dreams" the precursor novella, and am really looking forward to this one. You've just motivated me to pull it out of it's place on my to-read pile and start on it now!


    1. I haven't read that one yet, but I've heard that it's just as good too. I should probably send that one to my Kindle, I just haven't yet.

  2. Sounds like a good one! I actually haven't heard of it before, but I think I'm going to put it on my "want-to-read" list. :) Thanks for the recommendation!!

  3. I loved this book and there are three more to come in the series!


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