Today I have a book review for the first book of the Ladies of Distinction novels written by Jen Turano. The other three books in the series will also have a book review from me within the next month or so. Stay tuned!
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 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.
*The summary above is from Goodreads.
A Change Of Fortune has 320 pages and was published by Bethany House November 1st, 2012.
Now, I should start off by saying that I accidentally read all the books in this series before this first one so I know what happened to the characters before I even read the book.
Anyways, this was a very light read that I thoroughly enjoyed. The book was fast paced and never had a down spot. There were a lot of twists and turns that kept me on my feet which was good considering some of these romances can be predictable.
Out of all the other books, this is the one with the most modern references, which can be annoying depending on how much you care about how historically correct the book is. Which I didn't as much with this book.
The adventurous part of this book was not as large as some of the other books (specifically the second and last ones), but it seemed like the perfect amount because Eliza is not exactly the character to be jumping into trouble.
As for the romance aspect, I was a little surprised at how fast Eliza and Hamilton's relationship moved, but overall it was cute. I was also happy to see that there were other relationships happening throughout the story and that I was seeing them happen through Eliza and Hamilton's eyes. That was a nice change in pace.
The humor is one of the main things that kept the book moving so quickly and made it such a light read. I think Jen did a good job with the wittiness in this book, because without it, it would have been much more bitter.
This is a clean and fluffy book that is a fun read and super easy as well. I recommend it for 12 year olds and up.