Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Change of Fortune



Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiance, 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:

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.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of A Change of Fortune, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 16 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

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". 


  1. I need a book that will keep me smiling! Love the cover.

  2. Please enter me. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  3. Good luck rubynreba and Melissa!

  4. Great review! :) No need to enter me, as I've already read and reviewed this book, but it's always a pleasure to compare book-ish thoughts with you!


  5. I've read several good reviews of this book. The cover is striking. I really enjoy books with a good dose of humor so A Change of Fortune sounds like a wonderful book for me. I'd love to win a copy of it.


  6. would LOOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE to read this book

  7. I read and really enjoyed this author's novella Gentleman of Her Dreams (I would have loved for it to be a full length book) and an looking forward to this one! Please enter me!


    This word capture thing really did not want me to post a comment =l

  8. Eliza's life sounds like it needs a change and it looks like she gets it. Thanks for the chance to read it.

  9. I enjoy comparing bookish thoughts with you too, Amber!

    If you like humour in books, Pam, you will definitely enjoy this one. Good luck!

    Karen -- hope you get a chaaaaaaaaaance! Good luck!

    Hey Liz, sorry about the word capture thing. :-( I don't know how to turn it off! It gives me grief sometimes too! Good luck!

    Your welcome, Na, good luck!

  10. The cover alone would make me want to read this book. I always look at the cover first and then turn to the back of the book to see what's inside.
    Thanks for entering me in the contest.
    Janet E.

  11. I would love to win this book! I read the novella that precluded it and adore her writing style! So cute and funny. :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to grab this one!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  12. Hey Library Lady -- I love covers too. You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but it sure can make you want to pick it up and check it out. Good luck!

    Rachelle, I haven't read the novella yet. But you've got it right -- funny and cute writing style is the name of the game. Good luck!

  13. I'd love to read this book, that cover just catches the attention!
    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    Jasmine A.

  14. I read the novella prequel to this and enjoyed it! Looking forward to this new book.

  15. I would love to win this book! Looks very good!


  16. Thanks for the review! Now I REALLY want to read this book!

    Amada Chavez


    Merry Christmas!!!

  17. Thank you for this review and for hosting this giveaway.


  18. Sounds like fun and a nice gift book! Kathleen

  19. I've been wanting to read this story so badly! It looks like so much fun! shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. Hey Kav :)
    Once again, nice review! I've seen this book doing the rounds and it sounds good! Decided I'd try to enter to win myself a Christmas present ;)
    Thanks so much!