A Change of Fortune
Series: Ladies of Distinction #1
Author: Jen Turano
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Mystery
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Source: Provided by publisher for review
I was contacted by the publish to review multiple books and this was one of the books I chose.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, 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.
I will admit that I read this book very fast, but I still managed to fall in love with it. From the moment she toppled over because of her extremely long/large/and ugly gown and commented on how well the floors were maintained to the very end I was laughing, smiling and my mind was working to figure everything out. I loved Hamilton and how he continues to rescue Eliza. I covered my eyes with the books when I felt embarrassed for her, and I sighed basically whenever Hamilton was around. I felt for the characters, and I fell in love with them. All of them. I also loved the mystery that surrounded the story and it kept my brain turning while giggles escaped my lips at the many funny things that both Eliza and other characters say. I was swept away into a world of humour, mystery and romance and I am completely thankful of the journey.
Eliza—You are pretty funny, and determined.
Hamilton—I don’t know how to describe you other than awesome.
Zayne—love your humour.
Sometimes the story line was a little slow for my liking but those moments were few and far in between.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the writing style was very easy to follow, the story line was entertaining and the mystery did challenge my mind a bit. I never had to back track to read something over and there was just the right about of humour and romance.
Previously In the Series:
Gentleman of Her Dreams (#0.5)
Next in the Series:
A Most Peculiar Circumstance (#2) ETA: June 1st 2013
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of historical fiction, Christian romances, and just a romance in general than this is a novel for you.
If you liked this you'll probably love:
Courting Cate by Leslie Gould, A Tailor-Made Bride and Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer, Nicola and the Viscount and Victoria andthe Rogue by Meg Cabot
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".