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A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin
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Nov 08, 2009

really liked it
Read in November, 2009

This book was a lot of fun. It won a Christy award, so it is clean (yea) and it's religious message was not overdone or overpowering (bonus). It's historical fiction and is set in Chicago during the world's fair just before the turn of the century. You get to march with suffragettes, wear bloomers, visit Jane Adam's Hull House, hear Robert Moody preach, and of course, visit the fair or "the white city." As a bonus, the residents reminisce about the Chicago Fire and you learn all about that, too!

The protagonist is a young lady just going out in the world and finding her way -- so there are also drawing rooms and parties and, of course, suitors. She's luckier than most, getting to choose between so many worlds, but she is thoughtful about it. She's also plucky and has a wild imagination. Oh, and I didn't even get into the plot about her mother, which I thought was tender and also telling of the difficulties of the time period.

Overall, well done. A light read, definitely, but fun.
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