A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.
The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?
About The Author:
Deeanne Gist---known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee---has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website atIWantHerBook.com and at Facebook.com/DeesFriends.
From the very first novel that author Deeanne released, I became a quick fan! So when the opportunity arose to review her most recent release, It Happened At The Fair, I knew I had to read it. I am so glad that I did.
She comes out with another engaging and entertaining historical fiction novel with It Happened At The Fair. With a well developed story line and characters that were so developed I felt that I was right in the action of each chapter, you will be drawn into the story from the very first chapters. I loved the combination of romance with topics like special needs, forgiveness, a ton of different emotions alluded too, and The World Fair. The overall theme of trusting God is resonant throughout the book as well. It was a delightful read and would be perfect to put on your summer reading list! As I read, I was visualizing each page and felt like I was a part of the book. What a visual it was. Cullen and Della were my absolute favorites of all the characters, watching their relationship grow throughout the development of the book was heart-warming to see, and I was cheering them on as the book went on.
It was also a quick read, perfectly matched with a cozy quilt and cup of tea, I read it in a weekend.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase It Happened At The Fair online through Amazon. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of LitFuse Publicity Group and the publisher, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***