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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Change of Fortune

Miss Eliza Sumner had hoped that she could go completely unnoticed as the Governness for the Watson family helping to raise and mold their young girls. However when she is called to attend a dinner party last minute and has to dawn a gown that is too over large to fit her figure, she does what anyone would, she tries to pull it off long enough to go back to her room. But when she hits a snag, quite literally in her dress and winds up face down on the dining room floor, it's an unlikely hero that comes to her rescue, Mr. Hamilton Beckett, who seems to be the most handsome and eligible bachelor in New York's elite. He is completely smitten by her down to earth charm even though she attempts to push him away. Will they be fated to run into one another under different circumstances?

When Eliza learns through a conversation at the dinner party that the man she's been following since leaving London, is passing himself off as a member of the English aristocracy known as Mr. Bartholomew Hayes. He was also making excellent use of her money, living in a mansion that was beyond spectacular, and outfitting it with the latest furnishings evidenced by the numerous delivery wagons that had pulled up with annoying frequency while Eliza lurked on the opposite side of the street.

It had taken every ounce of self-control she possessed to refrain from storming through the front door and confronting the man who'd been her father's most trusted employee, a trusted employee who'd turn out to be nothing more than a lying, thieving, no-good scoundrel who'd managed to systematically divert her father's vast fortune into his own accounts sometime during the months surrounding her father's death.

Her temper began to simmer when she realized she wouldn't be in her current predicament if Mr. Hayes had refrained from taking her very last pound. If he would have left her a smidgen of her father's fortune, she would still be in London, basking in the admiration of her friends and her fiance', instead of residing in New York without a single friend and possessed of an ex-fiance'.

Who would have thought a gentlemen could turn from his intended simply because said intended suddenly found herself without funds? But apparently, Lord Wrathshire, or Lawrence as he'd insisted she call in him private had been more enthralled with her fortune than her sparkling personality. He had heard rumors about her father wasting his fortune away, and since there was now an insurmountable blemish staining her family name, he could no longer remain engaged to her. After making that proclamation, he turned and walked out of the room without saying another world. She won't stop until she finds a way to reclaim what is her's and head straight back to London.

I received A Change in Fortune by Jen Turano compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House Publishers for my honest review. I love the saga that poor Eliza Sumner found herself in despite the time in history when it would be virtually unheard of for a woman to hunt down a man who left her penniless and ruined her family name, yet Eliza is that strong-willed and determined and it's that strength that makes her instantly likeable and has you rooting for her the whole way through this novel. If you love historical romances with a bit of a quirky twist, then you will LOVE this one. I rate it a 4 out of 5 stars.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764210181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210181
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches

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