The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is the first novel I've read of Olivia Newport's, and I'm proud to say that I'm an instant fan! It was so much fun to escape into American past and follow Lucy in her adventures in Chicago. It was interesting to watch the story unfold as Lucy began to realize that the future that was planned for her may not be what she truly desired. I really enjoyed the friendship she shared with Charlotte, her ladies maid, and the way the two helped each other even when they both knew it could get them into trouble. Lucy was such a lovable character, I hated for the story to end.
About the book:
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 loved 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 lass lines for what she believes.
This book was provided for review by Revell.
Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.