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A Change of Fortune reviewed

Title:  A Change of Fortune
Author:  Jen Turano                                                                                                                         
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Bethany
                The work of fiction in this review is a first for this author and it is an exceptional way to start for sure!  Miss Sumner, if that is really is her name, comes to America alone from England after her father dies.  While she may not be able to inherit the estate because she is a woman, her cousin can’t run it because all the money has been stolen.  Miss Sumner knows who stole the money, but proving it is turning into the biggest obstacle of all.  Set in 1880’s in New York City, this work of fiction has many facets to it.  It is part mystery, romance, redemption, resolution, and also includes many interesting views of the life each character possesses.
                In the inner depths of the story more characters are introduced who also seem to have need of a private investigator.  Miss Sumner has been summarily dismissed from being a governess for reasons other than her deception she posed to the Watson family.  Hamilton and his brother are wealthy and run the family business; Hamilton is a widower with two young children.              Hamilton rescues the former Miss Sumner, who is now known by her real name and title though she allows friends to call her Eliza.
                Thought to be a superficial man who is easily distracted from serious pursuits, Zayne begins to show true character in unexpected moments.  Hamilton and Zayne’s mother creates a situation that hampers the investigation for Eliza.  Agatha is the oldest of the Watson daughters who, through a middle of the night excursion, develops a deep friendship with Eliza.  Agatha has a strong faith and begins a pursuit in the professional world that is deemed unacceptable.  Hamilton and Eliza are trying their hardest not to fall in love though each of them for different reasons.  How will the entangled threads be undone so as to bring resolution and redemption to broken hearts?
                In the story, there is an ex-fiancée whose character is very questionable and a private investigator that runs head long into any danger.  However, what is the one thing he runs from?  Hamilton’s children are kidnapped because two people want nothing but wealth and more.
                There is so much adventure to keep a person reading all the way until the last page.  The story gripped me from the first page and didn’t let go.  When I reached the end, I only wanted the story to keep going!  When fiction is written with themes of love, faith, forgiveness and hope it encourages the heart, soothes the soul, and restores the faith.  There are many surprises included in A Change of Fortune, so get your copy today and enjoy!
                My rating 5+ stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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