Book summary: "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." (LitFuse)
My thoughts: Ah, to be young, with all of the possibilities of technology and commerce at your disposal!
Such was apparently the general feeling of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. New inventions based on technology such as electricity were flourishing and possibilities were seemingly endless. Including visits to the fair by notable dignitaries, including President Cleveland, the 1893 World's Fair was definitely THE place to be back then.
Author Deeanne Gist has used the fascinating historical moment in time as a backdrop for her romance novel, It Happened at The Fair. The fair itself was a wonderfully exciting time in history and Deeanne Gist has masterfully woven a charming story into her detailed research of life in Chicago in 1893. Gist has a background in journalism and it shows in this book. What Gist also has is a great sense of humor! I literally laughed out loud at times and loved that Gist made her characters seem more "real" because of the humor injected into the book.
My grandmother used to speak lovingly of her visit to the Chicago World's Fair. She attended back in 1933, not the 1893 Fair that is the setting of this book. Even still, as I was reading It Happened at The Fair, I was sweetly reminded of some of the stories my grandmother told me. I have two small memorabilia boxes she purchased at the 1933 fair. This book made me so nostalgic, I dug out the boxes and tried to imagine my own grandmother at the World's Fair as a young woman. For reviving those memories, this book was personally special to me, too.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
- Author: Deeanne Gist can be found on her website at IWantHerBook.com and on Facebook.com/DeesFriends.
- Pages: 393
- Year originally published: 2013
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