My Rating: 5 Stars
Description: 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.
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.
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
My Thoughts: Deeanne's books are always amazing but this was one of her best. Mostly light-hearted, it still had moments of great emotion and pain. The characters had to overcome fears, prejudice, and lose. It Happened at the Fair made it clear that life is not always rosy but that we can live through the pain and find joy in the little things. The backdrop representation of all that man has achieved in history was beautifully juxtaposed with the thoughts and ideas that have held us back.
All this was accomplished while telling a beautiful romance of true love, not the selfish tales that most have substituted for. The hero, Cullen, was all that a woman could want in a man. He was strong, smart, caring, and above all honoring. His moments of weakness only strengthen the understanding of the struggles he undergoes to do what is right instead of what feels good.
This book will be released on April 30th.
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