Saturday, May 19, 2012

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning Book Review

This next book review is one that was somewhat of a different plot and I enjoyed this debut read from a new author.

She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away?

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 squeeze herself into the mold of the well-dressed wife who spends most of her time and money redecorating.

When she meets Will, 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?

Get swept away into the lavish world of Chicago's high society as Olivia Newport brings to life an age of glitz and grandeur, stark social contrasts, and one woman who dares to cross class lines for what she believes.

MY THOUGHTS-This book is based around the time frame of The World Fair in Chicago, IL. I found this aspect pretty interesting as I often travel to Chicago and I love history! The Pursuit of Lucy Banning was a good read and one of those that you enjoy without even realizing where the time went. There are a lot of little sub plots in this book as well.

Lucy is somewhat forward thinking in her views of women attending college and learning things instead of just being wallflowers for some man. I do think she was kind of deceptive in her attending college without her parents knowing, them thinking she was helping out children at an orphanage. I realize things were worked out later but at the same time, it was deceptive and the aunt was helping out. Charlotte is one of the minor characters but I can't help being happy that the next book in this series is about her! I actually loved her character and couldn't help feeling sorry for her at times.

Overall a good book that was a great opening to this new series. Can't wait to read the next one and find out more about Charlotte. Great debut novel!

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary

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