I am an avid reader and there are very few books I have been unable to read through to the end. This, however, was one of them.
I began ‘A Change of Fortune’ with high hopes. The plot seemed intriguing and the author had a delightful grasp of the English language as well as a witty sense of humour.
Unfortunately, there were two aspects of the book that bothered me so much I eventually could not bring myself to continue reading. Firstly, it was so historically inaccurate. The main female characters, Eliza and Agatha, were strong, independent, outlandishly outspoken feminists with the values and disposition of a twenty-first century woman. They simply did not fit the historical context. Time and time again, they and other characters said or did things that would never have happened in the eighteen hundreds. It made me wonder if the author did any historical research at all. The book was more fantasy than historical fiction.
Secondly, Eliza was impossibly childish. She was always on the edge of some emotional extreme – slapping other women, bursting into tears, blasting detectives with her twenty-first century ideals. Sometimes she reminded me of a spoilt child. If I ever met a person like her in real life, I would be disgusted.
As a result of these issues, once I reached the halfway point, I decided ‘A Change of Fortune’ was simply a waste of my time. I doubt I will ever attempt another book by this author.
If wild historical inaccuracies and childish heroines do not bother you, you may enjoy this comedic romance. However, if you’re anything like me, I suggest giving this book a miss. Try Lynn Austin’s novels if you’re looking for fun and inspiring Christian fiction with a genuine historical twist. ‘A Proper Pursuit’ is my favourite.
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