About the Book
Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago’s rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work–and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World’s Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family’s expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?
Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city’s history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history–and everyone is invited.
First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this book cover is? Well done artists at Revell! This book is f a sweet and soulful debut historical novel set against an exciting moment in Chicago history, the 1893 World Fair.
Lucy is the type of heroine that readers love instantaneously. Forced to decide between a life of prestige, opportunity and obligation and that of personal growth, education and service, she searches for her God ordained destiny and ultimately makes the right decision. I was surprised that the inevitable decision was brought to fruition so early on in the novel, but it seems that Lucy was already on the cusp of change from the moment the story begins.
I would liked a little more meat and fluidity to this story. Some of the transitions skipped over weeks of time, even at certain pivotal moments where I think emotions and tension could have been capitalized on. In the first few chapters of the book Lucy is scheming a way to attend a particular event and the solution promises to be an interesting predicament for her to navigate…except that it never plays out on the pages. Readers are kept from the crucial first interactions between Lucy and Will which makes their familiarity with one another feel odd and hasty in the future pages.
Charlotte may be a supporting character but her storyline captured my attention from the onset. The secrecy surrounding her background and her heartfelt struggle over fostering her son left me wanting more. The budding friendship between Lucy and Charlotte crosses class distinctionx so that there is a true meeting of hearts. I look forward to reading the conclusion of her story in the next instalment of this series.
**Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group**