Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

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?

 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.

*I was indeed swept away by this romantic, adventurous novel.   Olivia Newport is now on my list of favorite authors! I thought the setting brilliant, especially the World's Fair.   I loved the story lines involved...from the new love interest, Will, to other secondary characters you find your heart tied to as well.   Lucy is such a strong, enchanting woman- I kept wanting to know what she would do next, what was next in her life. Such anticipation!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Looking forward to the next installment!!!! Thank you to Revell/Baker Publishing for a complimentary copy, in return for my own review!

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