Friday, May 10, 2013

It Happened At the Fair by Deanne Gist Book Review + iPad Mini giveaway!!

Deeanne Gist is celebrating the release of It Happened at the Fair with an iPad Mini Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!

  One "fair" winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 21st. Winner will be announced at the "It Happened at the Fair" Live Webcast Event on May 22nd. Connect with Deeanne for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deeanne will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

My Book Review:
It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist is an eventful historical romance.  Cullen McNamara is a farmer from North Carolina who is forced by his father to exhibit his automatic sprinkler invention at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.  Despite Cullen's misgivings about spending so much money on a product that he really doesn't want to share, he is not ready to leave his girlfriend for 6 months.  But with a set wedding date and a reason to possibly save the farm if he sells his invention, he goes to the White City.  However, he is not used to the extreme noise of the building where he sits all day and being hard of hearing, he decides to hire a lip-reading tutor, Della Wentworth.  Their lessons soon draw them closer together.  Della falls in love with Cullen, and he with her, but he neglects to share that he is already engaged.  Meanwhile, Cullen is discouraged at the lack of interest in his product and decides to do a demonstration that is sabotaged.  His only bright spot is his friendship with Della until his fiancĂ© shows up.  Della is confused and feels betrayed.  Cullen tries to straighten out his love life and finds new ways to sell his product.  But will Della forgive Cullen and will Cullen honestly make a choice as to whom he will marry?

This book combines a sweet love story in the backdrop of an amazing historical event.  I absolutely loved the characters in this book, the setting and the story.  The author draws the reader in with the plight of the characters and the feelings each have, but don't share out loud.  Combined with the incredible World's Fair, the buildings, the people, the exhibits and the prejudices of that time concerning deaf people, this book is a hidden gem of pure historical romance.  I fell in love with Cullen and Della and their interactions.  They began to see things in each other that only lovers do.  And I was thrilled to read all the great descriptions of the fair.  I enjoy history and I had never heard of this event.  And the author even included a picture at the beginning of every chapter.  That really brought the story to life for me.  This was a fantastic book and I recommend any history lover to check this out.  Enjoy the romance and be swept away in the era of 1893.

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*I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Litfuse Hens.  All opinions are my own.*

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