Wednesday, May 8, 2013

It Happened at the Fair {Book Review}


More about It Happened at the Fair:

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?

My Thoughts

The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition must have been a sight to behold! Author Deeanne Gist amazingly brings this most historical event to life in It Happened at the Fair!

The sights and sounds of this great fair are brought to life between the pages of this book. The author has done a lot of research into the history of the fair and it is evident as you read this wonderful story!

While it is a romance about two people who meet at the fair Cullen who has risked everything to bring his invention to the fair and Della the tutor who is a teacher of the deaf, it is so much more!

It Happened at the Fair is a piece of history come to life! From the description of the White City which was built just for the fair and whose buildings would later change how architecture is created to all of the wonderful inventions that were exhibited.

Not only that, I was amazed at all the famous people who attended the fair! President Grover Cleveland, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell and Ann Sullivan to name a few! Wow!

I cannot imagine what a wonder event this must have been with the original Ferris wheel at the fair! How amazing that must have been!

The characters are wonderful and it is so interesting to watch their relationship grow. The author keeps us in suspense a bit so as to not share everything until near the end of the story!

It Happened at the Fair is a wonderful story! I loved the addition of the photographs at the beginning of almost every chapter! It just enhanced the story. You will not be disappointed with this wonderful book!

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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

Deeanne Gist is celebrating the release of It Happened at the Fair with an iPad Mini Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!

  One "fair" winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 21st. Winner will be announced at the "It Happened at the Fair" Live Webcast Event on May 22nd. Connect with Deeanne for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deeanne will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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