Skip to main content

It Happened at the Fair

Title:  It Happened at the Fair
Author:  Deeanne Gist
Pages:  393
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Howard
                It Happened at the Fair is Deeanne Gist’s latest historical romance.  The story is set amidst the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.  I have read all of this author’s prior historical romance stories and found them to be good, entertaining stories.  This one doesn’t disappoint either.
                Cullen McNamara has a secret only his parents know…he’s going deaf.  He has worked on his father’s farm, but has allergies that make the work almost unbearable.  He has a passion for inventing things, but doesn’t think he can make a living at it.  He is prepared to be a miserable farmer, but doesn’t think he has a choice.  Unbeknownst to him, his father sends away to the Chicago World’s Fair to obtain the site for an exhibition of one of Cullen’s inventions.  At first, Cullen refuses to go.  He soon learns that his father has already paid a lot of money toward accommodations and shipping costs that can’t be refunded, so Cullen reluctantly agrees to go.  He will be gone for six months.  His girl, Wanda, wants to set a wedding date before he leaves, but Cullen wants to wait.  They part after arguing, and he leaves for Chicago.  Cullen has failed trying out his invention before.  Now, his father has amassed a great deal of debt to send him to the fair and he must make some sales or the farm will be lost.  The only problem is that he is in the building designated for machinery and has a hard time hearing potential customers’ questions.  He has heard about the school for the deaf at the fair and hopes to be tutored to lip-read quickly.  He realizes Della is “the one”, but what is he going to do about Wanda?
                Adelaide, or Della as everyone calls her, Wentworth is a teacher of deaf students.  She has been trained in lip-reading and teaches this skill to her students.  Cullen needs that skill and quickly.  He pleads his case to her and she agrees to tutor him after her teaching job is over and while he acts as her escort to the various exhibits.  Della has been warned by her father to be on the look-out for dishonest men who will take advantage of her.  When she thinks she has discovered Cullen hasn’t been telling her the truth, she is crushed.  She has fallen in love with him over the course of their months of tutoring, sight-seeing, and sharing of their lives with one another.  
                The descriptive words used to describe the displays and exhibits at the fair were great.  The architecture, both on the inside and on the outside of the building must have been spectacular.  The size and details of each exhibit are mind-boggling.  This is an easy to read story with grief, deception, and forgiveness to name a few emotions.  There are also actual pictures or artists’ renditions from the fair included at the beginning of almost every chapter to give the reader an idea of what some things actually looked like.  The research and plethora of information that had to be sorted through by the author must have been a daunting task, but the end result of this story is worth it.
                My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Lily of the Manor

Title:Lily of the Manor
Author:Anita Stansfield
Publisher: Covenant Communications
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
Lily Broadbent is a wealthy widow who has adopted 11 orphan children.She would pray before entering an orphanage as to whom she should adopt and leave the rest to God.She needs of a tutor for her brood and Frederick Woodstone needs a tutoring position.He journeys to Broadbent Manor, hoping to get the job and to start immediately so he doesn’t have to pay another night’s rent at the local inn as his funds are rapidly dwindling.He meets Lily and is struck by her very different appearance.She puts him at ease and lets him know she is used to getting looked at.He and she strike up an instant rapport and he is hired on the spot.He begins the next day with Lily observing his methods of teaching as well as discipline for her children.She is most impressed with how Frederick interacts with and encourages her children.
As the story progresses, Lily and Frederick spend …

Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)

Title:Innocent Lies (Hidden Truth #4)
Author: Robin Patchen
Pages: 346
Year: 2018
Publisher: Create Space
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
This whole series is so worth reading! They excel at suspense and grabbing the heart of the reader, pulling them into the plethora of happenings in the book. The series has a total of four books that can be read as stand-alone stories though I found reading them in order helped enhance my understanding of the plot and characters.
The titles in order are: Convenient Lies, Twisted Lies followed by Generous Lies, which comes before this final novel I am sharing my thoughts on today.Robin weaves such a well-crafted plot that brings the reader into the story from the first page, and then keep turning the pages with all the twists and turns in the plot.I felt like I was right there observing what was happening around me even though I was reading the book.
Time flew by quickly and I was unaware of what was going on around me because I was lost in the pages!Right th…


Title:  Fugitive Trackdown (Love Inspired Suspense)
Author:  Sandra Robbins
Pages:  224
Year:  Feb 2015
Publisher:  Love Inspired
My rating is 5 stars.
Claire Walker begins tracking down a fugitive after her father’s passing and learning the amount of debt owed by the business by bail jumpers.  Claire is very much living unprepared in her new though temporary life as her education as a librarian gives her little real life experience.  Claire’s best friend, Jessica, is a former police officer with her family’s fugitive recovery company a wonderful fit, but Claire just can’t ask her friend to help for reasons readers will discover.
The tracking down of a fugitive leads to a lost romance memory when she is aided unwillingly by Adam, Jessica’s brother.  Adam, a former soldier, has the training and knowledge he uses for the family business, but where has Adam’s faith gone since he last spoke to Claire?  When Claire and Adam are facing a life threatening experience their hearts, hurts and spirit…