Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Laughed till I cried

It is a rare book that can make me laugh when it comes to Christian fiction.  Really that's because I haven't many Christian authors who incorporate humor well into their writing.  This morning I finished reading A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano.  On the back of the novel, it identifies this book as her first published novel.  

I enjoyed it.  It's a Christian historical romance fiction book.  The story centers on Eliza Sumner who has traveled to America in the late 1800s to reclaim her lost fortune. There is one scene from the book that made it a good book for me.  It was the humorous scene on pages 102-103.  I was left with a good feeling about the whole book because of that scene.  I even read the scene out loud to my husband (which I never do!) and he laughed.  I laughed so hard because I cried.  The scene came out of the blue but perfectly fit in the tale.   

I enjoyed the characters.  They were likeable and strong.  The women were strong, but not too strong.  The men were gracious and strong as well.  And the kids--well they were spitfires who you fell in love with as you read about them.  

This fiction book was more fun for me to read than most.  And the humorous scene really did leave a smile on my face for quite some time.  I'd love to read the sequel I can see this author writing and the zippy dialogues between Agatha and Zayne that one could predict would be in that one.  

This book made me wish more authors included genuinely funny scenes in their fiction!

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers.

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