Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

Jen Turano
Bethany House Publishers
November 1, 2012

From the back cover:

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.

A CHANGE OF FORTUNE is Jen Turano’s debut, and she makes a big splash into the Inspirational Romance genre with her madcap tale of romance and mystery. There was something about this book that reminded me of the shenanigans in old Cary Grant movies — good intentions gone wrong, humorous mishaps, snappy dialogue — those much beloved movies have a kind of charm that Jen Turano has somehow captured and packaged in book form and I loved every minute of this enchanting read!

Lady Eliza is the kind of plucky heroine that every humorous story needs. She’s not afraid to go after what she wants, even when her escapades land her into trouble. And since every intrepid go-getter needs some equally fearless sidekicks, Ms. Turano has filled A CHANGE OF FORTUNE with funny, endearing secondary characters, each with their own quirky personality, that keep the book chugging along at break-neck pace.

Although the romance between Eliza and Hamilton falls into place a little too quickly and the ending is wrapped up a little too neatly, A CHANGE OF FORTUNE is an absolutely captivating book about trusting God’s plan for you even when it takes you far from the path you’ve set for yourself. I highly recommend A CHANGE OF FORTUNE for those that enjoy humorous mysteries with a hefty dose of romantic comedy.


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