Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Change of Fortune- Jen Turano

I did not enjoy this book but believe some might so I have posted two reviews.

Rating: 2 Stars

Description: 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.

My ThoughtsI 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 every character speaking in whole paragraphs, it was just too much.

The heroine is supposed to be the daughter of a Count. She did not act like it. At all. Her problems might be great, but the way she goes about solving them certainly would not happen before the feminist movement (And since she is British nobility, probably never). To top her off, she goes through a lot of trouble to stay unnoticed and hidden, to in the next moment making a scene or telling her whole life story and spiritual beliefs to her employer's daughter (who then becomes her side-kick)in their first conversation.

Yes, there were a couple amusing parts. However, not nearly enough to make me want to finish it. I read the first 100 or so pages and then skipped to the end. After that, I knew I was not mistaken in putting it down.

My Sister's ThoughtsGood book! I told my sister about it and she did not like it as much as I did at all. After listening to her reasons I get what she means, (she wrote a review about it too). However, even because it might not be realistic in the least doesn't mean it's not good and you can't get a laugh out of it.
I thought the characters were hilarious. Eliza Sumner is a high class lady that had her fortune stolen from her by her Fathers business partner and his wife. She is now disguised as a governess in New York trying to reclaim her wealth and status.

Mr. Hamilton Beckett is a man of New York Society who lost his wife 2 years past and is now left with two children.

After meeting at a party Mr. Beckett is intrigued by the young and beautiful Miss Eliza Sumner that he met, but he has no idea that Eliza is a lady of high and wealthy society. One night he catches her in the act of breaking into some ones house. After he learns her story he joins her in her mission because he has also been spurned by someone who might be in cahoots with the man who has stolen her fortune. But as they get to know each other and family is put at risk they start to gain each other’s trust and love.

Granted again, it might not be realistic, but I would still recommend this book to anyone who likes a little romance, comedy, and crime.

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