A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano is set in New York 1880 and is about a young woman by the name of Eliza. At the start of the book you find her entertaining children as their governess and soon find out she is hiding her identity. Someone has stolen her money and title and she is going to make things right once again. In steps Mr. Hamilton Beckett who is quite amused with Eliza's attitude and keeps running into her at the oddest of times. While Eliza is pretending to be someone else, she also has turned her back on God. During the course of the story, which is rather jam packed full, God shows her that He had a plan the entire time.
I love the cover of this book, it is one of my favorites for the year. This is Jen Turano's first novel and for being a first novel it was a delightful read. I enjoyed the story line and the characters and the setting. I can't wait to read more from this author because I know the writing will get better with each book. The only thing that I didn't like that I noticed while reading was the immense amount of dialogue in certain parts of the story. I understand that the reader needs to know what is going on but this conversation was pages long. It made things hard to follow at times because the conversation was so random and the story covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time. This was a fast book, meaning one minute you are here and the next you are jumping over here.The author does write with a great deal of humor and made me smile on more than one occasion.
In any case I still enjoyed this book and will be looking for more from Jen! This is the first to four books in a series called the Ladies of Distinction. She has written Gentleman of Her Dreams which you can only purchase the eBook edition.
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"I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review"