Monday, September 3, 2012

Labor Day Weekend Giveaway!

Hey everyone!

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:
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning(Avenue of Dreams, # 1)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?
Readers 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 invited.

My Review:
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! 


  1. Yay for first ever giveaways! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY. 8D

  2. CONGRATS, Rosie. I found mine quite fun and plan to do another this fall and/or late this year (December, Jan 2013). I have this book to read so I'll have to get on that and we can compare notes. :-)

    Best of luck, girl!

    1. Thanks, Rissi! Yours was *very* fun and I look forward to your next one. :D

  3. Great review! This book looks really cool, would love to win it! Thanks for the giveaway!!! :D

  4. Congrats on your first giveaway! Great review, it sounds like an interesting book =)

    (I found out about your giveaway/review from Rissi ;))

    - Li @

  5. Thanks, Rosie, for doing a giveaway! How fun to discover this today. I want everyone to know the next in the series, The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, comes out January 1, which will be here before we know it!

    1. You are very welcome. :-) I can't wait for The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow!

      Thank you for stopping by!


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