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Litfuse Publicity: It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist (review)

on May 21, 2013

About It Happened at the Fair:

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair’s Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

You can purchase the book on Amazon.

About Deeanne Gist:


Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at I Want Her Book and on Facebook.



My Opinion:


I’ve only read one other of Deeanne’s book, A Bride in the Bargain, back in 2009 although I do have another one or two on my Kindle and now I’m eager to read those since I just finished It Happened at the Fair!  I loved the story with the history of the Chicago World’s Fair – so much so I had to go and Google more about this fair and see more pictures from it.  Cullen’s father surprises him with exhibitor tickets to go and see if he can make a name for himself selling his life saving device and Della is there as a teacher to deaf children (yes there was an exhibit where people could watch deaf children being taught!).


I did really enjoy this book, however towards the end there was a bit to much kissing and touching – and one scene after two characters get married – left me blushing.  Up until that point the book had me hooked, however once I reached that point I sort of dropped off in interest, as I really don’t need to read about how a newly wed couple beginning to love each other physically.  I loved the richness of the history, the complimentary characters and the plot twists that occurred in the book, even if the physical intimacy pushed the boundaries of what I’d like in a Christian book, but it was a good read overall.



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