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Monday, May 14, 2012

Pursuit of Lucy Banning...Review

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.

A compelling look into historical Chicago and a terrific, strong heroine.  Wealthy, but one who devotes her times and talents to helping others and educating herself, Lucy is fantastic.  Here is a young woman who easily crosses between two worlds; her privileged own and the working class.  Will is terrific and the World's Fair backdrop is a rich setting.

I would have loved more of Charlotte's story and I'm thrilled to know that a sequel about her is due out later this year.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna from Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Olivia Newport here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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4/5 Stars


  1. Yay! I am really excited about reading this one - it looks/sounds really great. =) Must pick it up at the book store.