Change of Fortune, A - eBook
Lots of Fun
"He'd sworn he would never become involved with a woman who had secrets, and yet, here he was, unable to help himself in regard to Eliza," says Hamilton Beckett. And so the story goes - its full of fun, secrets, attractions, suspense, intrigue, delightful characters, surprises, and all the pomp and propriety of late nineteenth century New York City. I thoroughly enjoyed "A Change of Fortune" as a light read, best done in long sittings because all the fun and sudden twists just leave you wanting to read more. There's certainly lots to laugh at as 'Lady Eliza' bumbles her was through pretending to be a nanny. Her and her sidekick Agatha get up to some amazingly unladylike antics and yet somehow still manage to feign the decorum expected of their place in society when it really counts. I think you'll enjoy this entertaining book.
September 5, 2013
A Change of Fortune is a light read; fun, not extremely romantic, but cute in it's own way. My first book by Jen Turano, and so I went into it with very little expectations. It was well worth the few hours it took me to read it, and it got me excited to leap into the second book.
This story is chalk full of eccentric characters and their antics got me laughing more then once. Eliza, our heroine and recapturer of lost fortune, is humorous and brave, and although she can be a little stupid at times, you can't help but love her. Hamilton can be a little dense in terms of how to woo a woman, but he is charming and handsome and so we must forgive his little blunders. It certainly helps that he has an equally charming brother to guide him along. Mix in a couple of kids that seem to smart for their own good, a matchmaking mother and a divine looking detective who can't help but get the ladies all aflutter and you've got yourself a book worth reading.
I'd recommend this story to those lovers of historical romance who'd like something fast paced and funny to help pass the time away. Not on my list of favorites, but amusing all the same.
July 17, 2013
A Change of Fortune
Eliza Sumner is in a quandary. She is living a double life, governess to a well situated family of New York but in secret she is Lady Eliza Sumner, member of the British Aristocracy. Why is she hiding? Her fortune has been stolen, her fiancÃÂ©e left her without regard, and now she is determined to get even with the man who destroyed her life. But she had not counted on Mr, Hamilton Beckett.
Hamilton Beckett is one of the most eligible BachelorÃ¢ÂÂs in New York, much to his dismay. He attempts to keep his mind on his business and with his own revenge. Not to mention, he is responsible for raising his two children alone. When these two paths cross hilarity and trouble ensue.
Jen Turano set her book in New York City in 1880 and I was immediately lost in the descriptions of beautiful dresses and elegant manners. But what I had not expected was to laugh out loud as much as I did. TuranoÃ¢ÂÂs characters are funny and quick witted. Her ability to create a hilarious scene had me in stiches (that on more than one occasion woke my husband from a nap). Though the story line is at times a little predictable this is still a very funny read with a lot of heart.
*Bethany House is great to provide me with a free copy of one of their books. In return I am not required to like it but to review it honestly to the best of my ability. All opinions are mine.
July 12, 2013
This is a delightful story with humor abounding
Saturday, June 8, 2013
A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, ÃÂ©2012
Ladies of Distinction, book 1
Mrs. Watson released a sigh. "My dear, I don't wish to cause you distress, but quite frankly, you are not the type of woman with whom one wishes to enter into conversation at a dinner party."
Eliza swallowed a laugh. Apparently her attempt at disguising her appearance and her true identity could be deemed a success.
--A Change of Fortune, 10-11
Free eBook - Gentleman of Her Dreams, a Ladies of Distinction novella by Jen Turano, is free in the Kindle store, NOOK Book, and from Kobo and ChristianBook, courtesy of Christian publisher Bethany House. This novella is a companion to A Change of Fortune, Jen Turano's full-length debut novel.
In 1880 New York, Eliza Sumner has taken a position as governess to the Roger Watson family. She is called into service for the dinner, not serving, but rather as a substitute guest in place of Agatha, the Watsons' eldest indisposed daughter. Mrs. Watson has Eliza seated between Mr. and Mr. Beckett, two brothers who are the guests-of-honor, with the intent of turning the attention of the eldest Beckett to the honor and merit of Agatha. She tells them of the last minute switch, and that she is the family's governess. Instead of the mission she has been assigned, she is informed of other guests around the table, and becomes part of their discussion.
Follow the escapades as Eliza and her new friend, Agatha, take off to retrieve Eliza's treasure and good name. The Mr. and Mr. Beckett are on a venture; will they too join in the intriguing entanglement to assist her in her situation? Speaking of situation, Eliza, through trying circumstances, loses her position. As a damsel in distress, now what will become of her?
This is a delightful story with humor abounding, focusing on the retrieval of Eliza's rightful titled securities. But in the end will their quest become the same?
Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.
A Change of Fortune is the first in a four book series published by Bethany House.
Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at jenturano.com.
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancÃÂ©, 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.
***Thank you for sending me a copy of Jen Turano's A Change of Fortune: Ladies of Distinction, book 1, from Bethany House Publishers. This review is in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
June 8, 2013