Deeanne Gist is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Her books combine a great sense of historical time and place with a strong spiritual thread that simmers beneath the surface, right past the strong attraction between the hero and heroine. Add in some spunk and sass, and you’ll know why her books fly to the top of my reading pile.
It Happened at the Fair transported me to the Chicago World’s Fair. The historical research is impeccable. All you have to do is read the author’s note at the end to know the level of dedication the author has to get the history right — or strong reasons for playing with the details. The hero is someone I’d want my daughters to meet. And he has a problem only the heroine can help him overcome. So starts a wonderful read that will pull you into a fascinating time and place with characters that sweep you through the story. I enjoyed this book so much, I’m giving a copy away! Just slip down to the form below to see how you can participate.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.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 Palace 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?