The setting is the best part of this historical book. The time period is described beautifully. The clothes of the time are easy to picture with the authors flowing descriptions. I gave this book 4/5 stars. Where the descriptions were great the main female character was just not written as a very likable person. I did not enjoy her and her interactions with those around her. I did get how the author was trying to show how she changes over the pages but it was hard to like her. I would recommend this book to someone who is interested in the time period and setting more than the characters.
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.
The main character Sarah was materialistic, self-absorbed, deceptive, judgmental, and thoughtless. I'm sure we all can be at times, but it didn't make her much of a heroine, since I was rooting the whole time for her to be discovered and wanted to warn Simon away from her. Her change of heart would have been more redemptive had it not happened after her other options ran out. Too little, too late.
Foolish foolish girl. But then I shouldn't say that since I've never walked in her shoes. One thing I learned from this captivating tale is the truth has a way of comming out, whether it was a shameful sin or just a poor girl's innocent dream. Sarah, out of desperation of her situation, had created a new fascinating young lady who had amazing rich family, beautiful dresses, went to the balls and parties on a hand of a tall rich and handsome man. It was like living a dream for a few hours only to come back to the reality and work twice harder to keep her dream going. Not until Simon has convinced her to give him the time of her day and started telling her about his non-fiction life did she realize she was not living but dreaming.. And then only did she start to pay attention to everything that was going on with Brad, Lillie, even Jane and others. I can say this -Sarah was lucky because there were so many people who trully cared and unnoticeably tried to keep her safe even in this saga. I still think it was Kenny who had revealed Brads secret. I think it was a payback for Sarah. Amazing real characters with true emotions. The clear difference between society and everyone else. Captivating and not overly too much political going-ons. And of course detailed description on the aftermath of the Fair and the fire. Ever since April when I read DeeAnn's Gist book - It Happened at the Fair, I was wondering what has become of the city after all the fun left the grounds. This book was and amazing sort of follow up. If you love history and a great saga about finding your true worth and true love this book is for you. I regret to say i didn't want to read it at first but once I started I couldn't stop. I am so going to read the other two in this series. Disclaimer: I recieved a free copy of this book from Revell Publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest opinion
The Invention of Sarah Cummings is about a young lady who wants to be part of high society in Chicago. Sarah Cummings gets herself into a fix when she starts using a fake name, Serena Cuthbert. And then starts making up her past life. She then meets Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage. Can she get over wanting to be part of high society and just start being herself to get what she's dreamed of?
I loved this installment of the Avenue of Dreams Series. Sarah / Serena was a fun character to read about. This was my favorite book of the series. I would recommend this book, as well as, the rest of the series. 4 stars.
Olivia Newport in her new book, "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" Book Three in the Avenue of Dreams series published by Revell introduces us to Sarah Cummings .
From the Back Cover: In a world where everyone is putting on a show, there is a love that is genuine.
Sarah Cummings has one goal in life-to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner to members of the wealthy Banning family and to start eating at society tables, Sarah spends her meager free time altering cast-off gowns to create the perfect wardrobe for her future life.
When opportunity knocks at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to her goal-and closer to Simon Tewell, director of St. Andrew's Orphanage-Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of.
Can she piece together the perfect life from scraps? Or will it all come unraveled in the face of true love?
Sarah Cummings works as a parlor maid for the Bannings family, from the first book in this series, and she has had a hard life from finding herself suddenly an orphan and forced to grow up in an orphanage she has never had the opportunity to explore her dreams. Sarah is a really good seamstress and makes the most out of old Banning castoffs. Sarah's invention? Well she invents the persona of Serena Cuthbert, a young woman of wealth. "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" is a story of personal identity and finding fulfillment with the gifts that God has given you. And then there is the romance. Ms. Newport has an amazing way with her characters as she breathes life into them. We get so caught up with the them and their stories that we want there to be more even as we see the book coming to an end. "The Invention Of Sarah Cummings" is even better than the previous two books and is a fitting end to the series. And while I hate to see this series end I can say that I am looking forward to Ms. Newport's next series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.