It Happened at the Fair - eBook
Liked the setting!!
I enjoyed this book! I liked the setting of the ChicagoÃ¢ÂÂs WorldÃ¢ÂÂs Fair. You could picture it so well with the excellent descriptions from this author. I thought the two main characters were well developed and you could see them growing throughout the story. I gave this book 5/5 stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this brilliant author, Deeanne Gist. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes Christian historical fiction with a touch of romance. I could not put this down until I found out how the story ended! I would gladly read this book again.
I would like to thank the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
January 11, 2014
Nice Christian Historical Read
When I first picked up this book, I wondered why on earth I was reading another "sappy historical romance." I am so glad that the author proved me wrong! I was absolutely enthralled by this book to the point that I did not want to put it down. The story was somewhat predictable at times, but it was different enough that I was intrigued. I fell in love with Della and Cullen, and I wanted to see how the author drew everything together at the end. And she did draw it together extremely well.
I really appreciated several things about this book. First, it was clean in every way. The Christian message was there but not too strong. I think the sovereignty of God was there, and it was clear that both characters could not have made it without their faith in God. Secondly, the historical accuracy of the book was a bonus. The author explains at the end how she took a lot of creative license with the story and historical facts, but the gist of the story about the World's Fair was true. She took no more liberties than most historical fiction writers do. I had not realized what a big deal the Chicago World's Fair was. Nor had I known of the lip-reading movement amongst the deaf--or at least not the extent of it.
If you like clean historical romances, I invite you to check out this wonderfully sweet book for yourself.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
December 29, 2013
Historically rich, but lacks story
I am, in general, a fan of Deeanne Gist. However, I feel some of her best works are her earlier ones, though, and this novel affirms that feeling.
I really appreciated the historical climate and situation of the 1893 Worlds Fair. The amount of detail poured into the book was done tastefully and I did not feel like it distracted from the story. The problem lies more with the fact that there is very little story. Punctuated by extremely short chapters that rudely segment any sense of flow - the plot cannot fill an entire book - let alone one of this length. We have no significant over-arching conflict that propels the story forward. All we have is tiny snippets of Cullen struggling with being pseudo-engaged, yet attracted to a woman who is not his fiancee. Even in that, though, we have very little understanding of why the financee exists in the first place - or why the relatively loveless "understanding" has not been rectified before this. This takes away significantly from the feeling of tension we should have. His struggle with his invention at the fair is a plausible one - but still done so lightly (and briefly) that it cannot fill the pages it aspires to.
Della is an even more poorly drawn character. There are few scenes that really help us dive into who she is or how she is feeling about Cullen and her struggle with teaching sign-language to the deaf is not explained well enough for us to feel the real conflict.
The entire book just...lacks. And the passion and tension Gist is known for almost entirely gets slammed into the last few pages of the book. It's an awkward transition. But, well, the entire book is a bit awkward. I was happy for a one-time read because of the vivid description of the fair but the pleasure, unfortunately, ended there.
November 1, 2013
IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR by Deeanne Gist is an exciting Historical Fiction set in 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago. Filled with inventors, deaf teachers, faith, healing, danger and love. Join, Cullen McNamara, a farmer and inventor and Della Wentworth, a deaf teacher he hires to tutor him in lip-reading. For his invention is loud and he will need to be able to read lips. But their attraction is growing stronger, he has a girl back home on the farm. A masterfully,immensely delightful storyteller,Ms. Gist will keep her readers enthralled as they read "It Happened At the Fair". Another hit for this author. Written with her usual wit, and vivid descriptions, you feel as through you are at the World's Fair in 1893, all the excitement and drama in Chicago during this time period. How exciting indeed! Oh, there are also wonderful, delightful pictures throughout the book,of the different area of the Fair. What a delight to read of Cullen and Della and their story of love, faith,determination and inventions. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
October 4, 2013