Monday, 28 May 2012
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning
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 l9oved 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.
Lucy Banning is a rebel in her own way. Even though she has grown up in a lavish lifestyle, she expresses distaste for extravagance and prefers to spend her time assisting the local orphanage or attending college classes—both of which would be frowned upon by those of the same class, not to mention, her parents. Lucy finds herself performing a balancing act between her family’s expectations and her true desires.
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning was a nicely, well put-together novel. I enjoyed the characters, and the budding romance between Lucy and Will. This novel is a great start to Olivia Newport’s “Avenue of Dreams” series. I look forward to the following books in the series, and especially to learn more about the mystery surrounding Lucy’s maid, Charlotte. All in all, a satisfying read.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.