Monday, November 12, 2012

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Today, CFBA introduces A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano.

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.

I had a hard time getting into this book. I couldn’t connect the characters with the 1880 time frame. I think the author was trying to keep things high-spirited and fun, but it only made the characters seem too modern, both in speech and actions (such as the overuse of ‘snorting,’ eye-rolling, and under-the-breath muttering in supposed women of refinement - and I couldn’t imagine any high society woman of that era having trousers on, even under a skirt)!

Although, that’s the beauty of fiction - the author is limited only by her imagination, and the story can be far from realistic. Those looking for a light, more comedic read will enjoy Eliza’s antics in trying to recover her stolen inheritance - with the help of Agatha and the Beckett brothers - but, I prefer a more serious historical tale - devoid of snorting.

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
A Change Of Fortune

Thank you to Jen and Bethany House through CFBA for sending me a copy to read and review!

Also reviewed on Amazon and Christianbook.

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