Publisher: Howard Books; Original edition (April 30, 2013)
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 Hall 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?
Most readers will agree, some books just stand out and this one is definitively ranking in the top ten of my list of most entertaining. A keeper and one I would suggest to anyone looking for a gift!
Deanne's vivavious description of a sweet romance amidst the 1893's World Fair was the perfect enticement for some 'me' time. I was totally immersed in her descriptive of this period and credit the story of Della and Cullen with a few dreams of my own. Well done!
A perfect combination of historical facts and fiction, It Happened At The Fair reflects the wealth of love and care this author puts in her writing. It also brings to readers a marvelous fountain of information and even photos of this world event!
Whilst she has taken a few liberties, all clearly acknowledge in the afterword, the author was undoubtdedly as stimulated by the fair as I was when I first heard of it. As a cultural and social event, the world fair of 1893 was a tremendous influence on the 20th Century and a complete success. With 6.8 millions visitors in attendance, the exposition located on the shores of Lake Michigan provided a template for other events and changed America forever with its astonishing legacy. Nothing ever compared to it as it gave new perspectives for the world of commerce and technology.
Della and Cullen's story blends in this grandiose background yet gives an opportunity for readers to feel their touching romance. Obviously a true romantic at heart, Deanne describes Della's position as a teacher working with the Deaf at a time when too often a deaf person was ostrasized for signing. Cullen in turn is the young farmer turned inventor who is struggling with a hearing loss.
Deanne Gist proved to be a superb historical fiction writer which coupled with her discernebly romantical temperament, gives readers a captivating love story you will not want to miss!
Note: Be sure to read the author's notes for additional information on the World's Columbian Exposition's and (HERE) for its amazing legacy!
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.
Vist her website (HERE)
One "fair" winner will receive:
- An iPad Mini
- A $25 iTunes gift card
So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)