A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction) by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
Ladies of Distinction, #1
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 320 Trade Paperback
Date Published: November 2012
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Rollicking Debut from an Exciting New Author

Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. After losing her family, her fiancé, 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.

Over on Relz Reviewz I read in a quote that,

Books three and four are written, but I still need to edit both of them. We have a tentative title for book three, but I can’t tell you yet what it is, but it will release in November, 2013″ – Jen Turano

and I could not be more excited! I definitely have found a new favorite author in Jen Turano, but then I could have told you that after reading the prequel ebook Gentleman of Her Dreams as well. 🙂

Gentleman of Her Dreams
Prequel to the Ladies of Distinction novel A Change of Fortune
Genre: Christian Historical Romance
Pages: 68 eBook
Date Published: September 2012
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

When Miss Charlotte Wilson asks God for a husband, she decides He must want her to pursue Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the catch of the season. The only problem? She’s never actually met Hamilton. Fortunately, one of her oldest and dearest friends, Mr. Henry St. James–who has returned to New York after a two-year absence–does know Hamilton. Much to Henry’s chagrin, Charlotte immediately ropes him into helping her meet Hamilton. However, none of her plans to catch Hamilton’s eye go as she expected, and she is even more confused when her old feelings for Henry begin to resurrect themselves. In the midst of the mayhem Charlotte always seems to cause, she wonders if the gentleman of her dreams might be an entirely different man than she thought. This novella is a companion to A Change of Fortune, Jen Turano’s full-length debut novel, available fall 2012

Read from September 06 to 26, 2012

I am definitely eager for A Change of Fortune. This novella (prequel) Gentleman of her Dreams was a whirlwind of witty amusement that gave me more than one chuckle and kept my interest beyond the last page. I’m eager to read more of this new-to-me author of Christian Historical Fiction.

Last I checked on Amazon and other, Gentleman of Her Dreams is still selling for FREE! So grab it before it goes up. 🙂

Now back to A Change of Fortune to continue my review… In my world of reading lots and lots of Christian Historical Fiction I am always split in feelings when a new author comes along. Either I’m going to love them and be very enthusiastic about their new career and want to spread the word desperately or I’m going to want to love them and fall short. No need to worry here! Full length novel whirlwind of witty amusement is what I found here. Plenty of chuckles, snickers and even a few snorts (I’d rather you not repeat that…) kept me enraptured beyond the last page and I cannot believe that I have to wait until June for more to learn about the third Bennett child and her romance with the apparently far from opposite private investigator – already this must be good.

The glimpse of Hamilton from A Gentleman of Her Dreams did not even begin to make me realize what personality he would have off the page in A Change of Fortune, but then first impressions can always possibly be misleading. I came to love both Hamilton and Zayne and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a Zayne and Agatha romance later on. Eliza was the one that kept me turning pages, but the rest filled me with such amusement and entertainment that I can without failure tell you that I have encountered a new permanent shelf keeper favorite author. It’s like if Mary Connealy wrote regency and golden era, which coming from my opinions – that’s high praise!

*Thanks to Bethany House for providing a copy of A Change of Fortune for review through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance.*

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Change of Fortune, go HERE.

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. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

A Most Peculiar Circumstance, book #2 to come in June 2013.

About Jen Turano

Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado. Learn more at www.jenturano.com.

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