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A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano  Book Review by Loraine Nunley

Synopsis from the back of the book:

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiancĂ©, and her faith, the disappearance of her fortune is the last straw. 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.

Much to Mr. Hamilton Beckett’s chagrin, all the eyes of New York society – all the female ones, at least – are on him. Unfortunately for all the matchmaking mothers and eligible daughters, he has no plans to marry again, especially with his hands full keeping his business afloat and raising his two children alone.

When Eliza’s hapless attempts to regain her fortune put her right in Hamilton’s path, sparks instantly begin to fly The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces, but with all their plans falling by the wayside and their enemies getting the better of them, it will take a riot of complications for Hamilton and Eliza to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along.

My review:

I was really looking forward to reading this book because I had read many reviews about the author and the quirky but wonderful characters that she writes about. This book did not disappoint me. I loved the quirkiness of the characters, the good story and the snappy fast-moving dialogue. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

First there was Eliza, who I just loved right from the start. Why? Because she was independent and intelligent. Her faith had wavered because of her circumstances, but I enjoyed watching her come back to it while also learning to trust in God again. She was certainly flawed, which I enjoyed because it made for some surprising and fun scrapes that she got herself into.

Then there was Hamilton who, poor guy, managed to put his foot in his mouth where Eliza was concerned. I loved that he was a strong family man. Eliza kept him on his toes and the sparks were fun to read about.

I have to add that I just loved the secondary characters in this book. I think the author did a wonderful job incorporating them into the story. They all had strong personalities, but they did not over shadow Eliza and Hamilton.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

Witty dialogue, quirky-yet-strong characters, fun story… What didn’t I enjoy?

What I didn’t like about this book:

Theodore Wilder, the handsome but clueless investigator. I was in agreement with Eliza on him. I am looking forward to, hopefully, seeing him mature in the next book in the series.

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others?

You bet. This was such a fun book to read. I do not often read fast-paced stories that are not suspense and I loved that this author was able to do just that. This is the first full length book in the series. There is a novella set just before this book, but you do not need to read that one before this one.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Jen Turano, Author website

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-Loraine Nunley

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