A Change of Fortune by Jen TuranoA Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune

byJen Turano

Paperback | October 18, 2012

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One humorous mishap after another ensues as Lady Eliza Sumner attempts to reclaim her fortune-but does God have something different in mind for her?

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.

Jen Turano, author of A Change of Fortune, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, and A Talent for Trouble, is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She is a member of ACFW and lives in a suburb of Denver, Colorado. Visit her website at www.jenturano.com.
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Title:A Change of FortuneFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.27 inPublished:October 18, 2012Publisher:Baker PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0764210181

ISBN - 13:9780764210181

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Change of Fortune Delightfully quirky, yet totally belivable, characters and a well-paced narrative made for a thoroughly enjoyable read. A great bonus is that I found no spelling nor usage errors which are guaranteed to spoil even the most interesting plots for me. Jen Turano has yet to disappoint!
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice one.. Lovable story.. gentle reminders of GOD's unfailing ways in our lives, just as long as we could keep our faith and Trust in HIM wholly..no matter what.
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Change of fortune A rolicking historical romance with laughter, suspence and moments of seriousness to set you thinking.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a delightful story with humor abounding Saturday, June 8, 2013 A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano, ©2012 Ladies of Distinction, book 1 Mrs. Watson released a sigh. "My dear, I don't wish to cause you distress, but quite frankly, you are not the type of woman with whom one wishes to enter into conversation at a dinner party." Eliza swallowed a laugh. Apparently her attempt at disguising her appearance and her true identity could be deemed a success. --A Change of Fortune, 10-11 Free eBook - Gentleman of Her Dreams, a Ladies of Distinction novella by Jen Turano, is free in the Kindle store, Nook Book, and from Kobo and ChristianBook, courtesy of Christian publisher Bethany House. This novella is a companion to A Change of Fortune, Jen Turano's full-length debut novel. In 1880 New York, Eliza Sumner has taken a position as governess to the Roger Watson family. She is called into service for the dinner, not serving, but rather as a substitute guest in place of Agatha, the Watsons' eldest indisposed daughter. Mrs. Watson has Eliza seated between Mr. and Mr. Beckett, two brothers who are the guests-of-honor, with the intent of turning the attention of the eldest Beckett to the honor and merit of Agatha. She tells them of the last minute switch, and that she is the family's governess. Instead of the mission she has been assigned, she is informed of other guests around the table, and becomes part of their discussion. Follow the escapades as Eliza and her new friend, Agatha, take off to retrieve Eliza's treasure and good name. The Mr. and Mr. Beckett are on a venture; will they too join in the intriguing entanglement to assist her in her situation? Speaking of situation, Eliza, through trying circumstances, loses her position. As a damsel in distress, now what will become of her? This is a delightful story with humor abounding, focusing on the retrieval of Eliza's rightful titled securities. But in the end will their quest become the same? Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. --Proverbs 19:21 A Change of Fortune is the first in a four book series published by Bethany House. Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she's not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at jenturano.com. 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. ***Thank you for sending me a copy of Jen Turano's A Change of Fortune: Ladies of Distinction, book 1, from Bethany House Publishers. This review is in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Date published: 2013-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A funny and lovely romance I will admit that I read this book very fast, but I still managed to fall in love with it. From the moment she toppled over because of her extremely long/large/and ugly gown and commented on how well the floors were maintained to the very end I was laughing, smiling and my mind was working to figure everything out. I loved Hamilton and how he continues to rescue Eliza. I covered my eyes with the books when I felt embarrassed for her, and I sighed basically whenever Hamilton was around. I felt for the characters, and I fell in love with them. All of them. I also loved the mystery that surrounded the story and it kept my brain turning while giggles escaped my lips at the many funny things that both Eliza and other characters say. I was swept away into a world of humour, mystery and romance and I am completely thankful of the journey. Good: Eliza—You are pretty funny, and determined. Hamilton—I don’t know how to describe you other than awesome. Zayne—love your humour. Bad: Sometimes the story line was a little slow for my liking but those moments were few and far in between. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall the writing style was very easy to follow, the story line was entertaining and the mystery did challenge my mind a bit. I never had to back track to read something over and there was just the right about of humour and romance. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group". View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-12-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read This light-hearted, comedic romp by debut author Jen Turano will keep you grinning to the very end. The fast-paced plot doesn't give the reader a second to catch her breath though I felt that some of the scenes sped by too quickly. I would have liked to savor a little bit more. Loved the spunky heroine and her erstwhile hero. There's great interaction between all the characters. Again, fast-paced dialogue keeps things hopping. The romance is light and compliments the overall style of the story. There has been some criticism of this book not being a serious historical and I agree, it's not. It doesn't need to be. A Change of Fortune is a campy, tongue-in-cheek escape read that's a whole lot of fun. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
Date published: 2012-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun new arrival to the world of Christian fiction Debut author Jen Turano is a fun new arrival to the world of Christian fiction, writing with an entertaining hand that literally had me laughing out loud at several scenes! Lady Eliza Sumner is a delightful character, full of life and daring deeds, and willing to risk her reputation in order to regain her fortune and achieve justice. The relationship that develops between Eliza and Hamilton unfolds at a swift pace, beginning with one of the funniest opening chapters that I've read all year. I loved the addition of Hamilton’s children to the equation, contributing to the humorous moments but also adding to the complexity of their relationship. The heroics that Eliza undertakes at the end of the novel may not be the most realistic (you will see what I mean when you read the story), but I thoroughly bought into the story and was willing to suspend judgment by that point. I am certainly looking forward to what Jen has up her sleeve next, and will plan on tuning into her next novel, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, which follows the story of Hamilton’s sister, Arabella, and a supporting character introduced in A Change of Fortune as well, private investigator Theodore. After you read about Theodore and his chauvinistic ways, you will agree that the sparks are sure to fly between Theodore and Arabella, with her commitment to the suffrage movement, which I’m positive will provide further fun and laughter as with this debut novel. A Change of Fortune is not one of those books that will leave you in deep contemplative thought. However, if you are looking for a light read that will at a very minimum have you smiling if not outright laughing as in my case, then this is the book for you! I give this book a solid recommendation and 4 out of 5 stars. Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Date published: 2012-12-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not an Enjoyable Writing Style A Change of Fortune, written by debut author Jen Turano, was published by Bethany House* in the fall of 2012. Using humor as the story’s most prominent element, Ms. Turano has created a novel filled with surprises - not all of them enjoyable. While set in 1880, the dialogue and actions feel significantly more modern-age, and although a few of the attempts at humor will likely make readers chuckle, some of the shenanigans are merely worthy of a shake of the head. The characters in the novel are flat and unrealistic, and their dialogue often feels stilted and contrived. Although Lady Eliza Sumner does create feelings of sympathy in the reader for the unhappy circumstances surrounding her, the escapades and problems that she continually creates are barely believable, and certainly not lifelike in the least. Additionally, many secondary characters do not play believable roles for the age, social position, etc. (Is it believable for a five-year-old child to sneak a knife to a captive, rope-tied woman, right in front of her captors, without anyone noticing a thing, and without being asked to do it? I think not!) The various, interconnected puzzles and difficulties involving Eliza gaining back possession of her missing fortune (literally hidden in a trunk!) although interesting, are even less believable than the characters. While the themes in the story include the strong virtues of trust, letting go of revenge, and letting yourself love and be loved, most of them are portrayed in a vague manner, at best. All in all, while readers looking for a quick, somewhat humorous, and not-too-believable story may enjoy A Change of Fortune, it is not for everyone. If lack of historical accuracy, annoying characters, and a less-than-professional writing style are not your idea of an enjoyable novel, I suggest you try another book. ***Note: I received this book free of charge for review purposes, courtesy of Bethany House Publishers and Graf-Martin Communications. I would like to say thank you very much for sending it to me.
Date published: 2012-12-03