Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Change of Fortune

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Change of Fortune
Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
Jen Turano

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.


Jen grew up in the small town of St. Clairsville, Ohio, where she spent an idyllic childhood riding her purple spider bike, ice-skating on a little pond and reading Nancy Drew and Trixie Beldon books in her tree house. High School was, surprisingly enough, fabulous as Jen spent time with her girlfriends. She headed off to college with no idea of what she wanted to be when she grew up, but settled on pursuing a career in fashion because she thought it sounded glamorous. Her parents thought she’d lost her mind, but they resigned themselves to her choice and after earning a BA degree in Clothing and Textiles, Jen set off to take the fashion world by storm, only to discover retail was certainly not the glamorous career she’d imagined it would be. She moved to Buffalo, New York to take a job in the buying office of a large department store, learning all there was to know about cookware, which again, was hardly glamorous, especially to a girl who did not have a knack for cooking. She met her future husband, Al, a few months after taking this job and eight months later, they were married. After moving into management at another department store and working that for a few years, the company went out of business and Jen decided she’d had enough. One year later her son was born and Jen hung up her heels for good and concentrated on being a mom.

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.


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.

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!

1 comment:

Jen Turano said...


I'm so sorry you were in the emergency room - but thrilled my book gave you a few laughs while you were there:) Just so you know - Felicia gets her own story - it's book three - and I can't release the title just yet - but I think it's going to have Trouble in in... Theodore's book comes out in June 2013 - book three in November 2013 - and then book four - Agatha's story - in 2014. Thank you so much for your fabulous thoughts. All the best,