A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
This is the first book I have read by this author, and it was delightful.
Lady Eliza Sumner has travelled to America under the guise of a governess to recover what is rightfully hers. Agatha Watson's matchmaking mama arranged a dinner party from which Agatha was strangely "ill" and Eliza was forced to step in. Enter Mr. Hamilton Beckett, the handsome man Agatha's mother has decided would suit her daughter, and his brother Mr. Zayne Beckett. Sparks fly the first time Eliza meets Hamilton and things just get crazier and crazier as the story progresses.
The dialogue is fast paced and exciting. There is never a dull moment with Eliza and Agatha. The character development is wonderful. Jen Turano creates characters you can relate to in a personal way. You sympathize with Eliza and Hamilton once you hear their stories and you pray and wish the best for both of them because you feel they deserve the best. The plot, while a little unbelievable, is still interesting and the romance between Hamilton and Eliza is sweet, but not overdone.
The theme that runs throughout the story is trust. Learning to trust yourself, others, and most importantly, learning to trust that God has a purpose for everything and is in control of your life whether you realize it at the time or not. Both Eliza and Hamilton have been placed in situations where much like we would do, they questioned God's wisdom and authority in their lives. They have taken the reins from God, so to speak. The story is about learning to relinquish that control and letting God do what He intended for your life.
Thank you Bethany House Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book. It is excellent and I look forward to reading more by this author in the future.
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