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  1. The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, Avenue of Dreams Series #1
    The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, Avenue of Dreams Series #1
    Olivia Newport
    Revell / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $2.99 Retail: $15.00 Save 80% ($12.01)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 32 Reviews
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    CBD Stock No: WW720384
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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Decent Historical book
    October 3, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Lucy Banning has what most young women of her time desire, money, power, social standing, but despite all her advantages all Lucy wants in life is to work at the local orphanage and to get a college degree. And when her brother Leo bring his friend Will Edwards home for dinner, Lucy and Will find instant attraction and the know they will have to fight her family's traditions if they are going to be together.

    Charlotte Farrow is on the run and she finds a safe place in the Banning household as the new housemaid. But she has a secret and she knows that if that secret comes out that she will be out on the street with nowhere to go. But then she finds a perfect ally in Lucy Banning. I really loved these two characters step out of the idea of the time about the way that women were supposed to act and form a bond as sisters.

    This was a new author for me and for the most part I enjoyed the story very much. It was wonderfully written story and the author brought great characters into play that were full of life and passion. It also told the story of how the rich lived and how the servants that tended their every need lived and how they were treated.

    The down side was that this book was supposed to be about Lucy and Will and while they did have a part in the story, I felt as if the majority of the story was about Charlotte. Lucy and Will fall in love, but there was no real details about their courtship. It felt as if it was pushed into the background and we get just a glimpse how their relationship is progressing. It seemed that the author tried to mix too many storylines into one book which didnt do the overall story justice.

    Even though the story wasnt as smooth as I would have liked, I give this a 3.5 star rating will be definitely be finishing the series.
  2. New Brunswick, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Really Good Read
    July 22, 2015
    Northernbelle
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this book on sale on a whim. What a treat!! Excellent storyline and interesting depiction of daily life of the rich and the working class in Chicago at the time of the World's Exposition. Step onto Chicago's exclusive Prairie Avenue and see what's going on behind the front doors and the back doors. Read how life is expanding for the women of this era. Looking forward to reading more from Olivia Newport.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    pursuit of Lucy Banning
    November 19, 2014
    p
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lucy is a woman how lives in a rich envirment and is still drawn to the helpless and needy people.

    She is not afraid to go her own way in live, Even if this is against the normal rules of her time.

    Loved to read this book!
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets 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 loved for who she truly is?

    Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.

    My Review:

    I know it is the peril of every reader to fall in love with a character every time they open a novel, and as a reader of many books, I try to not let that be my fate. Respect for the characters is natural, not all of them, but at least one. An admiration for the depth of character development an author has presented is usually more along the lines of what I take from a book, but I try to not let the people stay with me too long.

    I say all that to simply state this: I love Lucy. I have never met a character from high society that has as much appreciation for those who were not born into money. She doesn't think about others in terms of what they can do for her, but what she can do for them. Lucy's behavior towards Charlotte was admirable, and I really loved how she kept Charlotte's secret despite the scandal that would have caused if discovered. An excellent read that gives us a glimpse of the past, and a story that brings 1893 to life.
  5. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 23, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets 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 loved for who she truly is?

    Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.

    My Review:

    I know it is the peril of every reader to fall in love with a character every time they open a novel, and as a reader of many books, I try to not let that be my fate. Respect for the characters is natural, not all of them, but at least one. An admiration for the depth of character development an author has presented is usually more along the lines of what I take from a book, but I try to not let the people stay with me too long.

    I say all that to simply state this: I love Lucy. I have never met a character from high society that has as much appreciation for those who were not born into money. She doesn't think about others in terms of what they can do for her, but what she can do for them. Lucy's behavior towards Charlotte was admirable, and I really loved how she kept Charlotte's secret despite the scandal that would have caused if discovered. An excellent read that gives us a glimpse of the past, and a story that brings 1893 to life.
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