A CHANGE OF FORTUNE
Turano’s charming story of losing and gaining both wealth and love in 1880s New York City will certainly please fans of witty and classic romance stories. Although it is rather predictable at times, the clichés are heartwarming and some of the characterization may remind the reader of Pride and Prejudice.
When Lady Eliza Sumner’s fortune and good name is in the hands of a deceitful man, she decides to secretly follow him from England to America with a plan to restore her lifestyle. By taking a job as a governess, Eliza tries to conceal her true upper-class identity and prevent news of her arrival reaching unwanted ears. But she soon realizes that she’s in for more adventures than she originally bargained for, including jail time, trespassing, kidnapping, and, maybe most dangerous of all, falling in love. (BETHANY HOUSE, Nov., 320 pp., $14.99)