Jen Turano's novel A Change of Fortune is incredibly funny - it is not often that I laugh out loud while reading, but there were many times that I could not help it. It is undeniably a romantic comedy, and not one that relies on sexual humor or hideously embarrassing situations, though Lady Eliza is more than capable of getting herself into a scrape. Thankfully Turano imparts the humor without the acute embarrassment.
It is a great clean book - not even a kiss until the wedding! It's so rare to see relationships develop in books without all that physical tension - "He kissed me - does this me he loves me?" "Why would she kiss like that if she had no intention of marrying me?" In this novel, there is still definite tension between Hamilton and Eliza, but the romance is not super physically intense or overpoweringly mushy. It is still lively and great for this level of comedy.
As a Christian romantic comedy, A Change of Fortune does tie in a relationship with God - more in the end than the beginning, but neither Eliza nor Hamilton is exactly relying on Jesus at the start. I get the impression they are simply angry at first and not so much disbelieving, but they learn trust in the end - both in God and each other. Turano does not delve as deep as other authors, but her novel still makes a point that God can and will take very difficult situations and turn them to the better.
I received a free copy from Bethany House for the purpose of this review; I was not required to write a positive review.
I highly recommend reading the entire Ladies of Distinction series:
1. A Change of Fortune
2. A Most Peculiar Circumstance
3. A Talent for Trouble
4. A Match of Wits