The Pursuit of Lucy Banning
This book review is for the novel "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning" by Olivia Newport.
I really enjoyed this story by Olivia and was sad to see the last page of it turn. I was a little put off by the cover as it was so muted and dark in colors but the story is anything but! Most people might not even think about what the cover looks like but it is one of the primary things that will make me pick up a book off the shelf. I am very glad I did pick up the book and it read it though! If you love historical novels, or even if you have never read one before, pick up a copy for yourself and introduce yourself to Olivia's very realistic characters!
Lucy Banning is essentially living a double life. In one of these lives is the proper engaged socialite that her mother expects her to be. "Thrilled" to be planning her high society wedding and making her mothers wedding rapturous dreams for her daughter come true. In her other life, the real Lucy comes out to play. She is more serious and studious and is secretly attending a college class. One only two people know of. Her loving Aunt Violet and her aunts driver.
This version of Lucy is also the one that dreads being made to give up her charity work and become a trophy wife once she is wed to her parents choice of a suitable husband. When this Lucy, the real Lucy, meets a charming young man, who just so happens to be a friend of her brothers, who she really is without the trappings of the life her mother wants for her come even more sharply into focus than before.
Olivia Newport seamlessly transports you to the world of 1892 and the historic World's Fair in Chicago. You get a sneak peek into the social realm of the upper crust in this time period and are genuinely interested in their lives up until the last page of this great novel! Have you read this book yet? I would love to hear thoughts on it!
Hope your weekend is off to a great start!
*Note* I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my review. I am not required to post a positive review. Any and all opinions expressed are my own and they are sincere.