Friday, May 18, 2012

Revell Blog Tour | The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning
by Olivia Newport
Avenue of Dreams series, Book 1
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available May 2012
Revell Books
304 pages



About the Book
She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away?

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 class lines for what she believes.

My Thoughts
Lucy lives a privileged life but wants more for herself than what is commonly acceptable for women of her standing. Promised to marry a long-time friend from a respected family, Lucy remains determined to continue her charity work and take college classes. When she meets her brother's friend Will, she feels an instant connection with him and begins to question what kind of life she really wants.

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is a stunning debut! The historical element is strong—particularly the story surrounding the upcoming World's Fair. Olivia Newport writes in such a way that I felt I had stepped into 1893. She also has a knack for making the characters come alive. I could feel Lucy's angst and the sparks between Will and Lucy. There were a couple of small glitches in the plot (for instance, the twist at the end just seemed off somehow), but overall, I thought the novel was just fantastic!

I can't wait to read the next book in this series and am keeping my fingers crossed that we'll get to know more of Charlotte's story. Or maybe Lucy's brother? Regardless, Olivia Newport is one busy lady and we'll be seeing a lot more from her in the months to come! [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the Author
Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where day lilies grow as tall as she is.

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