The Pursuit of Lucy Banning (Avenue of Dreams #1)
First things first, I love this cover. I know that it has the typical lady-
in-a-pretty-dress thing going on but I love the background! Since the heroine does a lot of traveling around 19th-century Chicago the gritty, bustling street scene is very appropriate and I wish more romances went with covers like this one. Even books that are set in cities seem to have the perfectly clean and serene covers that don't really fit the story at all so kudos to the art department and designers on t ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this first book I have read by new-to-me author, Olivia Newport. Historical romance fiction is one of my favorite genres. It was nice to take another look at the Chicago World's Fair through a different authors eyes even though it wasn't the main backdrop for the story. I loved Lucy as a character - her thoughtfulness, ...more
Lucy is a strong heroine. She is focused on her dreams, but the world she lives in isn’t ready for the storm of her motivations. As a reader I couldn’t help, but want to see her strike out on her own and make a ...more
But despite TPoLB’s charm, it was just that, a little tale. Yes, the novel was a smaller size than av ...more
Oasis Audio. Narrator: Eleni Pappageorge
Buddy Read with Caitlyn Santi -- October 2012
So many interesting points were mentioned and was truly an enjoyable read. What was especially neat was the mention of the Ferris Wheel invention and Mr. Ferris himself. All throughout this book were neat nuggets of the like. I found that I liked the audio version of this book a lot. Being busy lately, it was very convenient too!
I did find the romance a bit rushed as well as awkward at times and ...more
How did The Pursuit of Lucy Banning get started?Historical District until a friend of mine became a docent at the Glessner House Museum on Prairie Avenue. This house preserves the flavor of Chicago’s gilded age when the neighborhood was full of wealthy powerhouses of industry. As soon as my friend began his training, he saw the potential for the setting of a story. He is not a fiction write, but he knew my interests. It did not take us long to cook up story ...more
I like the way the cover shows a beautiful girl in an exquisite dress in the midst of the dark dirty streets of Chicago. It really sums up the story in a lot of ways. Lucy is raised in a very upscale household and her parents hold her to a lot of the standards of their peers. But Lucy puts herself out there in the midst of the other side of life in Chicago, she volunteers at an orphanage, she goes to college, and she befriends a maid in her household.
The story is really about both Lucy ...more
Lucy is a young engaged woman, who isn't sure that she wants everything her parents and fiance have planned for her. She'd like to live ...more
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy reading about the time period...pretty much every time I get a book set during this part of American history. Oh, and the Chicago World's Fair is a great setting. Having recently been to Chicago and driven down Michigan Avenue, I found that quite intriguing as well. Of course, throw in an orphanage and people who help them, and you've got me hooked. I love stories were people of means sincerely care for the poor and don't help them out ...more
While Lucy was a likeable character, I liked Charlotte, the Banning's maid, even more and am looking forward to reading her story - The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, which is scheduled to be released January 2013.
I didn't feel the character of Daniel, Lucy's fiancé, was very well developed - he ...more
I was born and raised in Chicago (well actually I was born in the suburbs, but Chicago is right across the street from the hospital,) so I loved that the story was set in my city. I have never been on the south side of town, so it was nice to read about how thin ...more
However, I have to admit this story didn't end up being a favorite, despite the promising cover. The writing itself was passable and about the quality you'll find in most Christian fiction (depending on your point of view, this is either a good or a bad thing) However, Lucy's deceptive actions -those stemming from her own personal des ...more
My Thoughts on this book!
In Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport
Lucy Banning isn’t just your typical rich girl, she’d rather spend her money and time on those not having as much as her family does. She enjoys spending time at the orphanage helping children who have no homes.
But that’s not what her future husband wants from her, the husband that both Daniel and Lucy’s mothers planned from the time they were very young. Only Lucy didn’t want to get married. She was secretly taking art classes ...more
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning was a very entertaining and quick read! I ended up finishing it in under two days! It took me a couple chapters to really become engaged in the story, but after that I fell in "love" with the characters and story.
I immediately liked Will Edward. He was funny and sweet - he even made me laugh a few times! Charlotte was another great character - I am really looking forward to knowing more about her character in ...more
PUBLICATION DATE: MAY 01, 2012
RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 – NEAR PERFECT
PROS: Unusual setting and time period that really come to life on the pages; good portrayal of the struggles women faced in society at this time; heroine has aims other than finding a husband
CONS: Readers may have to look up some details on the time period if they aren’t so familiar with it
Lucy Banning was born into a privileged family and has never had a need gone unmet in her entire life. But while ...more
Reviewed at CalledHis.com
Publisher: Revell Books / Baker Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance
Via Goodreads: 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
Lucy Banning is an engaged woman. In fact, her fiancé, Daniel, was chosen for her practically at birth. It feels her whole life has been planned out for her, but the two things her family can't control are her weekly visits to the orphanage and her secret classes at the Uni ...more
Baker Publishing Group|May 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2038-4
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 u ...more
Using only 282 pages to tell even one story well can be tricky, but this novel was essentially three stori ...more
I didn't hate it, but I didn't really enjoy it either. For some reason it seems that authors of these types of books think that the only woman worth writing about is one that "breaks the mold" and is super progressive for her time, which is really ironic, I think, since they're usually branded Christian as well. Apparently, for it to be considered Christian ...more
|Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish||1||1||Nov 21, 2014 03:55PM|
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|Christian Fiction...: ❀Aerykah and Caitlyn❀ The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport||41||10||Oct 13, 2012 08:06AM|
I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.
We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.