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.
Fluffy and fun, A Change of Fortune is a charming read about days gone by (with a hefty dose of imagination). Not especially deep and not especially believable - but still quite enjoyable. The romance is endearing, the heroines are sassy, the heroes are dashing (and occasionally "wet blankets" in the eyes of the heroines, although they can't hold out for long...), the children are cute and open in their observations, and the adventures are rather crazy and certainly interesting. Fans of the humor and romance found in works by Deeane Gist, Lorna Seilstad, Mary Connealy, and Kathleen Y'Barbo should find this debut story to be a memorable addition to Christian fiction.
There are some really fun twists of "fate" and "fortune" in this book. Hamilton's admiration for Eliza is quite adorable, and Eliza's (and Agatha's) penchant for trouble makes things quite entertaining. Some deeper thoughts try to make their way into the story, and matters of faith are occasionally squeezed in among the mixed-up feelings and outlandish situations, but they aren't really conveyed in a poignant and convincing way. So I see this as more of a clean, light read than an inspiring one.
Turano's style and character types aren't overly new, but fun stories like these with new plots and different circumstances are still in demand. A Change of Fortune, combined with the prequel novella Gentleman of Her Dreams, make a sweet first impression.
*With thanks to the publisher through CFBA for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion.*