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A Change of Fortune Paperback – November 1, 2012
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*Starred Review* Lady Eliza Sumner has more than her share of problems. Not only has her father died, but his trusted servant and Eliza’s governess have stolen the Sumner fortune and fled together to America, where they’ve assumed the identities of British royalty. Eliza, having more courage than either money or good sense, poses as a governess and follows the nefarious couple across the Atlantic, planning to confront them and reclaim her wealth. Hamilton Beckett erroneously blames himself for his wife’s death and hasn’t remarried for fear of putting another woman in harm’s way. His two young children, who have scared off many a nanny, need a mother, but even this hasn’t sent him courting. He’s sworn off women, and then he meets Eliza. Set in New York City circa 1880, Turano’s historical romance has witty dialogue, a spunky heroine, a bounty of humor, and a fast-paced plot. There are wonderful secondary characters, too, including an ankle-biting boy, a relentlessly matchmaking mother, and a full cast of despicable villains. A Change of Fortune will make a delightful addition to any library. --Shelley Mosley
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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.
"Set in New York City circa 1880, Turano's historical romance has witty dialogue, a spunky heroine, a bounty of humor, and a fast-paced plot. There are wonderful secondary characters, too, including an ankle-biting boy, a relentlessly matchmaking mother, and a full cast of despicable villains. A Change of Fortune will make a delightful addition to any library." --Booklist (starred review)
"Turano's charming story of losing and gaining both wealth and love in 1880s New York City will certainly please fans of witty and classic romance stories."--RT Book Review
"[A] delightfully lighthearted debut novel."--Desert News
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After all you read a book to escape your mundane life and that is what this book afforded me. A very good read indead. Another very important discovery of this book is Eliza's loss of faith and the restoration. Ms. Turano ends her book with discussion questions on her book. A sort of did you really read it and did you get out of this book what she intended for you to get.
I did kind of wonder if females in the 1880s would be like that - would then again that was a time when females were learning to stand up for themselves & do the things they wanted to do - and besides, this is fiction anyway - But very enjoyable fiction.
At the dinner that night are Mr. and Mr. Beckett i.e. Hamilton and Zayne. What do they think of this "governess" who is trying to disguise herself? In fact, why is Eliza disguising herself? When she learns at dinner that Lord Southmoor AKA Bartholomew Hayes is living in New York with his wife, Sally, who used to be Eliza's governess will the full story come out? Why does Hamilton let out a sharp breath when the name of Eugene Daniels is mentioned?
It is not long before Agatha is Eliza's accomplice and takes quite a prominent place in the story. What happens when the two girls are mistaken for prostitutes and arrested? Where are the Mr. Beckett's?
Hamilton, having lost his wife two years ago, is not that eager to be married again even though he has two young, rather unruly children, Piper and Ben. Will Eliza tug at his heart strings and vice versa?
This is a well-written novel. I liked the character of Eliza from the first page. Her personality is wonderful and the antics she gets up to considering we are back in the year 1880 are very amusing. (I could see myself back in that time period behaving very similarly.) Although this book is written of Christian principles and God is mentioned especially in relationship with Eliza coming back to Him, it is not preachy. Just a fun, sometimes mysterious, often amusing, highly entertaining book with a lovely ending. RECOMMENDED!