Book Review : A Change of Fortune vs First Impressions
By Jen Turano vs Elizabeth Johns
A Change of Fortune
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she had left after losing her father, her fiancé, and her faith. Now, masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner, governess-at-large, she’s determined to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and head straight back to London.
Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York society—all the female ones, at least—are on him. He has no plans to marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business afloat while raising his two children alone.
Eliza’s hapless attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton’s path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and, before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her. Eliza’s determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone’s antics and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be more important things than her fortune and independence.
When all of Hamilton’s and Eliza’s best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might have had a better plan in mind all along. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
The widower Earl of Rutherford, still in need of an heir, reluctantly sets off for London in search of a wife. He infinitely prefers the role of recluse to that of dashing beau.
The Season’s Incomparable, Helena Foster, prefers books to balls. She agrees to hide her bookish tendencies in exchange for her mother agreeing to limit her to one Season.
Their initial prejudices prevent their feeling they would suit, but an unlikely source may give them another chance… (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
The copyright for A Change of Fortune is 2012 and First Impressions has a copyright of 2015. In this case I cannot but believe that First Impressions plagiarized Turano’s book. However, to be fair, it is such a predictable plot that they may have both been copied from yet another source.
The heroine is reluctant to marry. The hero is a widower with a child or children. His family is urging him to marry, if for no other reason than to have a mother for said child. The hero’s mother is anxious for her son to marry. Hero falls in love, somewhat against his will with plucky heroine. He makes tactical blunder by suggesting marriage as heroine would make a good mother. His suit is rejected. Another suitor makes a larger blunder. Hero and heroine are in accord again and joyfully decide to marry. Sappy ending accomplished. Yawn.
On the positive side, the characters are fun and quirky. The romance is clean. You are guaranteed a happy ending. It’s a fast, pleasant read.
I left both with two stars since they were not offensive, though I would give First Impressions even less star power if it truly is plagiarized.
2 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
Here are some books I would recommend : Beauty and Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley, An Assembly Such As This by Pamela Aidan, Sorcery & Cecelia: Or, The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Caroline Stevermer and Patricia Wrede, Austenland by Shannon Hale, The Lady of Devices series by Shelley Adina and The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.
I would love to hear about books that you have loved!