I enjoy reading the first books of new authors. I can usually predict if they are going to fly or flop and I think that Jen Turano is going to fly. A Change of Fortune is well-written and interesting, but my favorite part is that I actually laughed out loud a couple times. I like the witty humor. The basic story is good with just enough predictableness and surprises. I like the time period it is set in and the way she mixed the English and Americans together. There are a bunch of characters, but it was not confusing. The story has a good pace, which surprised me because of how quickly the heroine was found out in the beginning. The religious mentions are fleeting and few, but what is said is good.
I look forward to reading the next book from Jen Turano, and somewhat hope that it will be about the brother – either brother is fine with me.
Here is some descriptive copy:
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiance, 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.
You can find more information at the author’s site. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.