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A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction Series #1)

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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

This novel is very eventful from beginning to end, and also funn

This novel is very eventful from beginning to end, and also funny. Life can be chaotic as with Eliza’s life, nonetheless God’s plan will prevail. When we experience a stream of bad luck and seems as though nothing is going our way, rest and be assured God is working ...
This novel is very eventful from beginning to end, and also funny. Life can be chaotic as with Eliza’s life, nonetheless God’s plan will prevail. When we experience a stream of bad luck and seems as though nothing is going our way, rest and be assured God is working things out. God’s blessings can even surpass our expectations. As we see in this novel God aligns people, events and situations so that his will can be done. This an amazing story of learning to trust God, even when we don’t know the outcome. Trust God to have our best interest at heart even when times are dismal. It is during those times that we distance ourselves and we are not in accordance with God as Eliza did at the beginning of the novel. In the end, she realized he was at work. I admire the courage of both Eliza and Agatha. Eliza determined to find those responsible for stealing her fortune and ruining her family name and Agatha for being a good friend and sticking with her, regardless of what they encountered, even landing themselves in jail. Lawrence, well, he was honest about his feeling about Eliza and got exactly what he deserved. I am happy Eliza found true love and a gentleman. Thank you Bethany House for allowing me to share my opinion. Also for giving me the opportunity to select a great book and providing copy free of charge.

posted by letheridge2 on February 4, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Okay, not great

I really wanted to like this one since I liked its main character right off, but the dialog was weak and the spiritual element felt tacked on. It may be that the books later in the series are better.

posted by Anonymous on October 27, 2013

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Old time theme.

    Modern woman in old times. She was brave and did not wait for a man to help her.Tried to get her fortune back by coming to America.No sex.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    This is a lighthearted, funny novel that I almost really liked.

    This is a lighthearted, funny novel that I almost really liked. A lot of what happens is entirely not believable, and how the characters interact with one another, such as a nineteen year old with her parents, is much to contemporary. I nearly expected a cell phone to be whipped out of a pocket, or Facebook to be mentioned. The humour is it's saving grace. 




    That being said, it wasn't a bad way to spend an evening. I laughed out loud at the puce coloured dress bit and a few other places too. It could be called a 'rolicking adventure', but there again, although funny, the situations they find themselves in are sometimes beyond ridiculous. I think Jen Turano definitely has great potential as an author, and I am curious to see what she does next.




    This 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.

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    What is a young, unmarried woman to do when she is the sole surv

    What is a young, unmarried woman to do when she is the sole survivor of her family, left penniless and scandalized by the theft and lies of a trusted family employee? Jen Turano, in her debut novel for Bethany House Publishers, A Change of Fortune, sets out to weave that story of treachery and trust in 1880 New York. Lady Eliza Sumner, daughter of the late Lord Sefton of England, embarks on a last-ditch attempt to recover her fortune from the thieving man-of-affairs who embezzled from her father, sullying his good name and causing Eliza to lose her place in London society. Posing as a governess to a nouvea-riche New York family, Eliza soon learns the value of true friends, true love, and true faith.

    As I read A Change of Fortune, I found myself wishing that I could dwell just a little longer at certain points in the story. I personally enjoy a character-driven story. This book, however, carries the reader away as if it is an out-of-control carriage, giving the reader no chance to catch her breath. Some points, where emotionally-charged moments could have paced the story, were instead driven headlong by the stampede of action-driven plot points. Conversations between characters were at times stilted and rushed, while some emotional reactions were left ineffective.

    While I appreciated the story for its fun and vibrant telling, it wouldn’t be one to put on my list of favorites. If you are a reader who enjoys a fast, action-driven plot, you will probably enjoy A Change of Fortune. This is a definite good first novel for author Jen Turano, and I do look forward to seeing the rest in the Ladies of Distinction series. Three stars.

    **I was provided with a free copy of A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano for review purposes by Bethany House Publishers. My thoughts are my own.**

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