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A Change of Fortune

(Ladies of Distinction #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  4,773 ratings  ·  732 reviews
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, 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 seaso
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kym no swearing at all, no inappropriate language or anything else. Very clean.

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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
Aug 30, 2020 rated it liked it
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I am a secular reader and not typically in the habit of reading inspirational romances, but I got this when it was free for download from the Kindle store a while ago because one of my friends enjoyed it, and I trust her reviews. I think inspirational romances tend to work for me better when they're historical fiction, since people tended to be much more religious in the past than they are today, and it was much more a part of daily life
Jacob Proffitt
Feb 13, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
When, after four chapters, the refrain "ow, ow, ow, please make it stop" repeats in your head, it's time to put the book down. Authors of historical romance please note: if the background of your heroine can't have happened because of a half-dozen impossibilities it becomes blindingly obvious that you have failed to do even cursory research. Peers cover for peers. It's the heart of the system. There's no way that peers are going to buy "he squandered his wealth" without a corresponding, visible ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a good laugh!
Recommended to Anne by: Alice, Soph, Aerykah & many others!
"'She has high expectations of life. I could not fill those expectations. I've never been presented to the Queen,' Hamilton said.
'Because we live in America and don't have a queen.'"

Set in 1880 New York high society, A Change of Fortune is the most over-the-top, far-fetched, implausible, funny and loveable book I have ever read.

Recently, I had the joy of reading Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, in which I discovered the compelling world of late 19th century New York, and accordingly, I wa
Rebekah Gyger
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book. The cover is great and my sister read it and told me it about the funniest book she had ever read. But I couldn't get into it.

The people were unrealistic, with all of high society actually speaking to and fine with a governess attending one of their parties. I could understand some of them not being snobs about it, but not all.

Also, the dialogue.... What can I say about it but that everyone talks way to much. Maybe they should stop to take a breath. With almost
Reading a Jen Turano is like eating a bowl of my favorite ice-cream. Unnecessary calories, yet I cant live without it. Her lighthearted humor is captivating and a pure delight to read.

I am excited to be starting this series. I really enjoyed Lady Eliza’s story with Hamilton Beckett. The story held a nice pace, the mayhem was fun, and the two children, Ben and Piper, were penned well.
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, hidden-gems
As I read this I tried to figure exactly what it was about it that didn't grab my attention. The conversations were witty and the story even somewhat interesting at times. But then I realized. Everything important in the story was revealed through dialogue. There were descriptions here and there, but nothing that really created a setting. Also, most of the characters were fickle, except for maybe the little girl Piper who was probably more mature than anyone else. The whole story didn't seem to ...more
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
What a fun read! I really enjoyed the humor in this debut novel set in 1880 New York City.

I definitely recommend this book for a quick read that is sure to make you smile.
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First and foremost, I loved the fast paced adventure and the perfectly achieved balance of humour and romance which was slotted into the story! It was brilliant. Thanks very much to my wonderful friend for the recommendation - you know me so well!

I was hooked from very early on, page one in fact, as the first meeting between the hero and the heroine, Hamilton and Eliza, is very funny! Not to mention how shortly after this the very same Hamilton and Eliza happen to run into each other whilst bre
Emery Rachelle
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
{Review is of an ARC}

This book was highly praised by a friend of mine, and the cover looked beautiful and very high-end and professional.

Before I start being a Debbie Downer, let me point out that there were moments when this book had me laughing out loud. So it's not all bad... just mostly.

The story premise was good. The writing was not. Everything felt choppy and confusing, and there were several times when I had to take a break or reread something just to understand what was going on. I reall
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
I'm almost at a loss as for what to say about this book. I liked the idea of the book a lot. Eliza Sumner is in America, posing as a governess and trying to find the man who stole her fortune. I thought it was an excellent premise. Unfortunately... it went downhill from there. I'm not really sure what the point is of writing a historical fiction novel if there's not going to be much historically accurate. There was hardly anything that the characters did that seemed accurate to the time period. ...more
Oct 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Historical novels can often have a hard time capturing and keeping a snarky, fun-loving, sarcastic heroine without making her seem too soon for her time. So kudos to “A Change of Fortune” for very much succeeding in creating a cast of memorable characters.

It’s a fun loving story with characters that don’t take themselves too seriously, but also have serious situations working against them to create constant conflict. From being arrested to a little girl who speaks her mind, to a scheming match
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read, favorites
Wow! This was really really good! I laughed the WHOLE time! :D The plot moved along quickly and never lagged or got boring. I couldn't put it down! I loved the intricate, humorous plot, and the charming characters! I cannot wait to read the other 3 books in the series. Ben and Piper were adorable, and Hamilton's mother was hysterical ("Everyone, out!"). I also really liked the hero's brother, Zayne. He was funny and really sweet, and made for a great secondary role. Agatha was a really fun secon ...more
Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012
This books seemed a little to contrived to me. The characters were quite modern in mannerism for an 1880 setting and the the way events unfolded was awkwardly put together. There were some parts that made me laugh so it wasn't all bad, but as a whole not a book I would go back to or readily recommend to others. ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, 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
My copy is an ARC received from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It started off pretty quickly and gave the reader a basic play-by-play of what was going on all within the first few chapters, which I liked. Very Jane Austen-like. While I don't mind an author building up to their plot, there are some stories that just need to hit the ground running so the reader isn't sitting there, tapping their fingers like, "Okay, so when is this book actually going to begin?".
Shannah Mauney
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it was delightful.

Lady Eliza Sumner has traveled to America under the guise of a governess to recover what is rightfully hers. Agatha Watson's matchmaking mama arranged a dinner party from which Agatha was strangely "ill" and Eliza was forced to step in. Enter Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the handsome man Agatha's mother has decided would suit her daughter, and his brother Mr. Zayne Beckett. Sparks fly the first time Eliza meets Hamilton and things
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Breezy. Rollicking. Energetic. These are just some words that come to mind after finishing A CHANGE OF FORTUNE. From first to last, this story was thoroughly engaging. I couldn't put it down! I laughed out loud throughout this book, and sighed with a big ol' sappy grin on my face when I reached the last page. Jen Turano is a fresh new voice in historical romance; if you love Karen Witemeyer, Lisa Bergren, Deeanne Gist and the like, then this book belongs on your favorites list. A highly enjoyabl ...more
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read this novel since a long time and It really worthed the wait . It was super fun. I enjoyed every minute while reading it .
This book was absolutely adorable. I loved all the characters as both the primary and secondary characters were well written. Moreover, the romance between Eliza and Hamilton was sweet, and in typical Jen Turano style, I was laughing the entire way through this novel. I also liked the faith aspect and how the book was about trusting that there's a plan to life. That was very insightful, and with a lot of cute humorous moments (mostly due to those adorable kids Piper and Ben) this book was a sati ...more
Toni Shiloh
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great historical romance that makes me want to read the rest of the series.
Blodeuedd Finland
Oct 14, 2019 marked it as dnf
Not bad, just eh, I give up for now. Also talk about insta love
Lisa Norato
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Author Jen Turano writes with sparkle and whimsy in a debut novel that had me thoroughly engaged with her characters and their very often comical exploits. Eliza Sumner has ensconced herself in the height of New York society disguised as a pudgy Victorian governess who shall go completely unnoticed…or so she believes. Eliza is hardly unnoticeable and the confession of her true identity—that of being Lady Eliza, daughter of a late earl—is soon drawn out by one of her charges.

A few years younger
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
When Lord Sefton dies, his remaining child, Lady Eliza, is left with nothing. Her father's man of affairs has embezzled her vast fortune and left for America. Eliza sets out to find her fortune when English Authorities refuse to believe that it has been stolen. She is shocked to find that the assets are not the only things lost. The man of affairs has spread negative rumors regarding her father's handling of the family's vast wealth. Her fiance deserts her and society wants nothing to do with a ...more
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Absolutely stunning. How could I enjoy a book like this any more than I already do? The answer to that is simple. I can't. I laughed and giggled and smiled like crazy. I also sighed, bit my nails, and covered my eyes in embarrassment for the characters. I don't normally enjoy books where one of the main characters already has children, but Ben and Piper were delightful. I could not keep myself from laughing at their antics.
Zayne had to be one of my favorite characters. While he was no
For being a freebie, this read wasn't too bad! This was my first read by Jen Turano, and while I didn't love it, I enjoyed it well enough to read more of her books, especially if I was in the mood for something light-hearted. Light-hearted is the perfect way to describe this one. I figured out pretty quickly that while this is billed as an inspirational historical romance, it's more of a romantic comedy that takes place in a historic setting, with just a dash of religion. The story basically fol ...more
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 rating. Just shy of 4 for being a bit light and a wee bit silly, but...
I was a little hesitant about the series simply because the small version of the books looked like they might be too melodramatic for me (they do look more interesting in person). I went into the library in a hurry this evening and, since my new library card has not yet gotten to me, I am limited to checking out one book at a time. Being in a hurry, I grabbed the first thing that looked interesting. And I've read it all
Humorous and sweet; I liked this one! :)
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book and I started off like this:
Me: "Oh yeah! New book! Oh wait. Bethany House Publishers. Shoot."

But you know what? For a Christian romance, it wasn't half bad. I mean, the Christian part really throws the story because it involves sudden, supernatural insights and some conflated emotions that easily get reconciled. No conversion scene, though, so that is good.
The plot itself was pretty decent. The pacing was off, though. Some scenes drag and others rush by. Characters behave with perfec
Angie H
What a fun read! I look forward to reading more from this author.
Lady Eliza Sumner has lost everything. Her fortune, her fiancé... her life. The only thing she can do to recover at least her money and jewellery, is to fly from England to America to chase the man who stole everything from her family. She pretends to be a governess, the plain Miss Eliza, and starts doing her researches. However, her goals are not so easy to reach, especially when the dashing Mr. Hamilton Beckett crosses her path and endangers her plans.

This book was so fun! I really enjoyed rea
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Named One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of he

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“Miss Sumner, may I inquire as to why you're lounging on the floor?" Mrs. Watson asked.
Miss Sumner uttered something which sounded very much like "it should be obvious" before she lifted her head. "You really must compliment your staff, Mrs. Watson. This floor is remarkably clean.”
“... That's why you're going directly back to the house. The last thing we need is for you to end up in jail again, and I'm quite certain disassembling another lady's hair falls under the category of assault.” 19 likes
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