Hilarious and Entertaining: A Change of Fortune

By Jen Turano
Published on November 1st 2012
Published by Bethany House Publishers
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 a short and hilarious romance by Jen Turano.  The story surrounds heiress/ governess Eliza and her mission to get her stolen inheritance back. Along the way, Eliza finds a new love and family with Hamilton Beckett.  I really enjoyed this debut.  Turano has created a story with engaging characters and incredibly entertaining dialogue.  I will admit, when I read a story, I read it for action scenes.  I love my books fast paced and full of action, not dialogue.  This book was incredibly entertaining both in action and dialogue. 

This book was funny.  I found myself chuckling out loud numerous times.  Eliza is quite the character.  She is privlidged and a lady of means, but she is also sarcastic and witty.  The first few chapters of this book are incredibly funny.  I found myself wishing that movie companies made historical romantic comedies- this would make a perfect movie!  The characters were entertaining (loved Eliza- loved to hate Theodore!) and I found myself wanting more after the book was over!  (Luckily the second book in the series comes out in June).

All in all this was a quick and satisfying read.  I would put this author in the same genre as Deanne Gist for how entertaining the story was.  If you enjoy a good light hearted historical read- I highly reccommend this book.  I eagerly wait for the second book in this series.

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