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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Review of Deeanne Gist's It Happened at the Fair

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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?

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My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  Deeanne Gist really did her research about the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, from her descriptions, I thought I was there.  The story was also wonderful.  Cullen's father sent him to the fair to exhibit his automatic sprinkler system.  Cullen has a hard time hearing, so a potential customer suggests that he hire the services of one of the lip-reading teachers.  Little does he realize that the lady he saved on the first day would end up being his teacher.  Will they pursue a relationship other than that of teacher and student, and what will happen between Cullen and his "fiancĂ©" back home.  This was a very well written book as are all of Deaanne's books.  I highly recommend it. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.

Meet Deeanne:

Deeanne Gist---known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee---has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at and at 

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