It is a well known fact that I ADORE Jen Turano. In fact, my friends like to tease me about my "That's Jen Turano" face from when I met her in Nashville last summer. However, I only discovered her books in January of 2015 with After a Fashion. Ever since, I have been building my library and now own all her books and have finally been able to start catching up on reading them!
A Change of Fortune is filled with the quirky humour that I have grown to love in Jen's writing. Fun characters, mystery, wit, and romance. A fun quick read that is sure to lift your spirits and bring a smile (or two) to your face. There are also plenty of situations that will keep you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails. You won't want to put it down until you know the ending. While Hamilton and Eliza must deal with hurts and betrayals from the past, God uses the troubling circumstances to bring them closer to Himself.
Set in New York City, 1880. The Gilded Age is one of my favorites to read. The fashion, the society, the adventure, is something you won't want to miss! A Change of Fortune is the first full length book in Jen's first series, Ladies of Distinction. Don't miss her other fabulous books.
A Change of Fortune is the first book in Jen Turanos Ladies of Distinction series, but definitely isnt the first book Ive ever read by her. In fact, Ive already read both this novel and A Most Peculiar Circumstance, the second book in this series. But, since that was a couple of years ago and I had never picked up the third and fourth books, I decided it was finally time to finish the series, and I knew I should read the first two again just to refresh my memory, and because I love them. And I have to say, I had forgotten how fantastic this story is!!! I just finished Jens most recent seriesA Class of Their Ownearlier this year, and I have to say, I think her older series is even better than the new!
Lady Eliza Sumner is just the cutest character! I feel so bad for her because of all that has transpired leading up to this novel, but I couldnt help loving her through the twists and turns her unfortunate circumstances took her. She is bright, spunky, and just the sweetest little thing, and I love the way she faces every challenge head on. She embarks on so many wonderful adventures throughout the course of this novel, the most important being the one that leads her to Mr. Hamilton Beckett, because after that, the rest is history.
Hamilton Beckett is such a fun character to get to know! He is such a perfect gentleman, yet at the same time the most wonderful father and friend in the whole world, and I just loved getting to watch his feelings for Eliza grow and thrive. Besides that, I absolutely loved seeing him interact with his perfectly adorable children, as it was one of the sweetest parts of this book. His little daughter and son were a great source of merriment for me throughout this story, and I loved watching him be a doting father to them.
All in all, I really loved this book, possibly even more than the first time I read it, and I stand by my decision to give it all five bookshelves. It has had a place on my all-time favorites list for quite some time, and I dont think it will be leaving anytime soon. Plus, Im super excited to re-read the second book in the series, and to read the third and the fourth for the first time! And, I highly recommend this series, and really any of Jens novels, as they are fantastic and always a wonderful source of laughter, adventure, and romance!
"A Change of Fortune" is a romantic comedy set in 1880. The main characters were nice, interesting people with a good sense of humor. The hero, heroine, and friends end up in a series of silly situations during which they get to know and care about each other. There were some phrases that were too modern and some behavior that was improbable for the time (which created humor). But since it's a comedy, I don't tend to care.
There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this humorous novel.