WARNING: This is not your typical formulaic historical romance. Jen Turano has written her first book and it's fabulous! I didn't expect it, but this book is hilarious -- I even laughed out loud in the middle of an emergency department waiting room (luckily they didn't take me to the psych ward). The characters in this book are fabulous. Lady Eliza Sumner has had her fortune and her family's reputation stolen, but she's no wilting violet -- she has traveled across the ocean to do whatever it takes to get the money back. It includes becoming a nanny when the only experience she has is the fact that she HAD a nanny once. The characters she meets are masterful works of art.
I am desperately hoping that Jen has several sequels planned. I want to know more about her history and her brother (maybe a prequel?), Agatha and her sisters, and I'm particularly curious about a character who just makes the briefest of appearances, Felicia Beckett.
The only pet peeve I have about this book is that it seems people 'snort' frequently. So often, in fact, that it becomes a distraction. But that's ok, because I'm sure the people at the hospital weren't too impressed when I snorted with laughter while reading the book!
I'm anxious to read anything more Jen Turano has to write.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
She began dabbling in writing when her son, then in elementary school, said he liked her made up stories as much as those in his books. It was then that she fired up the computer and never looked back.
Jen loves to write humorous stories with quirky characters and a dash of intrigue and finds historical romances especially appealing, seeing as how she’s been reading them since she was a teenager. Her mother gave her a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Flame and the Flower, and Jen was hooked on the genre. When not reading romance, she loves to read mysteries, young adult and her favorite series of all time, Harry Potter.
Besides writing, Jen enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of A Change of Fortune, go HERE.
Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of this hilarious book for review!