Yup, you guessed it! The surprise is Writings of Rosie's first ever giveaway! The featured book is Olivia Newport's The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. We'll start off this fun post with the back of the book and then continue on to my review and the giveaway! :D
Back of 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?
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
I thoroughly enjoyed The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and I look forward to the sequel The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. I have a strong love for books that transport me back to late 1800s and early 1900s and this book, if anything, encouraged my affection. :-)
Lucy Banning is a woman who is beginning to want more than what life is offering her. She wants to be a New Woman and go to a university, get a degree, help out more at orphanages, and so forth. All things that her mother and father disapprove of.
I found this book such an easy read. It captured and held my attention, keeping me turning pages until the last. I could relate to Lucy, as well as Charlotte, a side character, and appreciate how difficult it must have been to be betrothed all one's life.
Ms. Newport allowed into her delightful read mystery and a dash of romance making me like it all the more.
I give this book four stars.
Now onto the giveaway bit! Just follow the instructions on the widget. :-)
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Giveaway is only open to U.S. residents-- sorry!