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The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel

Geschrieben von Olivia Newport

Erzählt von Eleni Pappageorge


The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel

Geschrieben von Olivia Newport

Erzählt von Eleni Pappageorge

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4/5 (29 Bewertungen)
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7 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 25, 2012
ISBN:
9781621880516
Format:
Hörbuch

Beschreibung

She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away? 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.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
Jul 25, 2012
ISBN:
9781621880516
Format:
Hörbuch


Über den Autor

Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

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  • (5/5)
    Lucy Banning has been born to a life of privilege, but has a heart for those that are less fortunate. She appears to have it all, when the story opens. She is taking college classes, behind everyone's back, and engaged to be married to her childhood friend Daniel.Daniel is also from "Money", and has a career as a promising Banker. She has two older brother's Oliver and Leo. When her brother Leo brings home his friend Will, Lucy is very interested. Even her mother notices, and admonishes her....after all she is an engaged woman.Lucy is also playing an active roll in the upcoming 1893 World's Fair. With this there are also strange things happening at the house.I read this in almost one setting...such a great quick read...and you won't know all the answers to almost the end.I received this book from the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
  • (5/5)
    THE PURSUIT OF LUCY BANNING by Olivia Newport is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1892 Chicago. It is the first in the "The Avenue of Dreams" Series. What a wonderful story of love,romance,faith,high society of Chicago,the Gilded era,and the social contrasts and class lines of the era. Follow Lucy Banning and Will Edwards on their journey to the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. Their family's expectations,Chicago's social scene,the social classes,their struggles to break free of society's constraints. "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning" is a sweet love story,with vivid descriptions of the times,and characters who will capture your heart and sweep you away into Chicago's 1890's.This story will touch your heart, it is beautifully written. Anyone who enjoys historical romance, Chicago's Gilded Age,and the glitz and grandeur of high society. A must read. Received for an honest review. Details can be found at Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.*Available from Revell Books, May 2012*RATING:4.5HEAT:Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
  • (3/5)
    Ending was blah, decent story line... just feels like it was lacking big time at the end!
  • (5/5)
    Ms. Newport wrote a wonderful novel! She picked an exciting time--Chicago during the time of the World's Fair (1893). While Lucy is part of the elite Society, she seems very conscious that the world is changing quickly and that she must change with it--even if it goes against her family's wishes. This book suited me well because I love historical fiction with some hints of romance.
  • (4/5)
    Enjoyed this book, quick read kept my interest. Will read her other books
  • (2/5)
    If your only criteria for historical fiction is that it's light, clean and set at least a hundred years ago, then you'll probably enjoy this.

    I didn't hate it, but I didn't really enjoy it either. For some reason it seems that authors of these types of books think that the only woman worth writing about is one that "breaks the mold" and is super progressive for her time, which is really ironic, I think, since they're usually branded Christian as well. Apparently, for it to be considered Christian, it needs to be fairly chaste and mention God, prayer and church at least once. Oy.

    Putting those two major issues aside, I didn't really like the main characters. I felt like the author thought that making Lucy crave more for her life was depth enough and didn't bother to develop her character.

    I did glean that she didn't see much of a problem with taking the easy way by lying to get what she wanted and cheating on her fiance (because seriously entertaining growing a relationship with another man while you are engaged is cheating. Tell me if your fiance did this to you, you wouldn't feel betrayed). Who cares if she aided a maid in need and volunteers at an orphanage? You could argue that the latter was only a cover anyway. This is not someone I would admire, respect or want to be friends with.

    Moving on from Lucy, we have Charlotte the maid, who was interesting in her role as a supporting character, but that's about all I have to say about her. We also have Daniel, the fiance, who is supposed to be a love turned psycho. The author goes back and forth between making Daniel and Lucy's history one of an arranged marriage versus one of first love. She couldn't make up her mind, so I couldn't either. It was confusing and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to hate him or feel pity for him. Not that you can't feel both, but it really seemed like the reader was supposed to choose.

    Then there's Will. I immediately had a problem with him from the line about knowing she wouldn't marry her fiance because of how she was looking at him. Cocky. Arrogant. Slimy. UGH. We know that he likes art and doesn't have a problem with women pursuing education (but he didn't grow up with a priviliged, entitled life, so why would he think he's better than Lucy?) and that he likes orphans. We actually don't see much of their relationship unfold or blossom; he is primarily set up as the anti-Daniel, which means he must be all that is good, just and benevolent.

    The only character I really liked was Aunt Violet. I don't like the idea of her lying to aid to Lucy- if my siblings tried to pull this with one of my kids, there would be Hell to pay- but she had spunk and strength.

    The historical aspect was okay. There was a little too much listing clothing and food- not worked in interestingly, just listed.


    I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.