Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Change of Fortune, by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune is a madcap adventure set in Victorian era New York City. This is Jen Turano's first novel and it has a fresh, almost Oscar Wilde quality (when he's being charming and funny)--think The Importance of Being Earnest.

Lady Eliza Sumner has lost everything--even her title. All stolen by an unscrupulous steward and her governess (of all people)! So she sets her sights on getting it all back. How? Well, things get a bit complicated, but it involves disguises, breaking and entering, spending some time in the slammer, and falling in love.

Eliza's faith has been on the fritz since the loss of her fortune, which begs the question, where is God when we are suffering and why does He allow us to lose our place in our social and financial spheres? Have you ever felt that you couldn't bear to have one more thing go wrong in your life--and then it does? What causes that crisis of faith to turn around? While this work of fiction doesn't answer those questions per se, I found that going through Eliza's trials with her was inspirational-- a gentle reminder to have some gumption, take some risks, and never give up.

So... for anyone who may be going through some difficult times, my prayers are with you, that you will come through as refined gold, beautiful, shining, and strong.

Please read on for more from Bethany House publisher and Jen Turano.

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Change of Fortune

Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)


Jen Turano


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.


Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiance, 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.

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


Elsa Klarich said...

Just finished this book! Loved it. Great review!

Jennifer Shirk said...

I love inspirational stories like this.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I like the sound of A Change of Fortune. Thanks for this review.

Cheryl Klarich said...

Hi Elsa! I knew you'd like this one! ;)

Hi Jennifer, thank you for stopping by--I love how inspiration can eek into my soul from light hearted but heartfelt fiction... Hope your edits are going well!

Hi Rachna! I love having you visit! I think you'd enjoy this spunky heroine.

Bless you!!