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A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano (Ladies of Distinction #1)

turano_fortuneThis week I’m looking at debut novelist Jen Turano’s A Change of Fortune, the first book in her “Ladies of Distinction” series. This title was originally released last November by Bethany House and although I received a pre-release copy, it’s been sitting around for FAR too long, waiting to be read and reviewed (ahem).

This is a book you go into knowing nothing seriously bad is going to happen to your hero. Sure, there will be the embarrassing slapstick moments that offer a chuckle, the awkward verbal moments, but overall you know exactly where this story is going from about page 15 (I double-checked!). So why pick this up? Because it’s fun in a ‘wholesome, flirty, girls in over their head have to get rescued’ kind of way. In that sense, Turano achieves what she promises, a ‘rollicking historical romance’. You will be amused by the disguises, law-breaking, prodding and orchestrating to bring Lady Eliza together with her own hero.

Turano leaves plenty of room for future romances to bloom in the sequel.  The book also features discussion questions which could be great if you are part of a book club. This breezy 200-page novel is light-hearted enough to be a fun beach read and thin enough to pack in your beach bag.

What did you think of this read? Grab a cuppa and let’s chat!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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