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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 upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

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Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781441237545
ISBN-13: 9781441237545
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Series: Avenue of Dreams

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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 upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.

Author Bio

Olivia Newport's novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two twenty-something children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where day lilies grow as tall as she is.

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Newport debuts with a historical romance set in 1893 Chicago as the World’s Fair opens. Socialite Lucy Banning, a member of the moneyed class, is engaged to marry a young banker she has known all her life. Lucy does charity work at an orphanage and also uses that as her cover for taking classes at the newly opened University of Chicago, which neither her fiancé nor family would regard as appropriate for a young woman. As she contemplates her future, Lucy meets an attractive architect and also takes an interest in an unhappy young servant in her household. Social constraint dictates one thing, but her heart another. Newport has done good history homework about the fair and turn-of-the-century Chicago; details ring true. She is less surefooted with characterization; Lucy’s slightly psychotic fiancé, Daniel, is somewhat off-key in a romance. Some Christians may be put off by the amount of deception churchgoing Lucy engages in. However, historical romance fans will appreciate a new voice and a new period backdrop for some wholesome romance. (May)2012 Reed Business Information

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  1. New Brunswick, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Really Good Read
    July 22, 2015
    Northernbelle
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I purchased this book on sale on a whim. What a treat!! Excellent storyline and interesting depiction of daily life of the rich and the working class in Chicago at the time of the World's Exposition. Step onto Chicago's exclusive Prairie Avenue and see what's going on behind the front doors and the back doors. Read how life is expanding for the women of this era. Looking forward to reading more from Olivia Newport.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    pursuit of Lucy Banning
    November 19, 2014
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    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lucy is a woman how lives in a rich envirment and is still drawn to the helpless and needy people.

    She is not afraid to go her own way in live, Even if this is against the normal rules of her time.

    Loved to read this book!
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 17, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

    Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.

    My Review:

    I know it is the peril of every reader to fall in love with a character every time they open a novel, and as a reader of many books, I try to not let that be my fate. Respect for the characters is natural, not all of them, but at least one. An admiration for the depth of character development an author has presented is usually more along the lines of what I take from a book, but I try to not let the people stay with me too long.

    I say all that to simply state this: I love Lucy. I have never met a character from high society that has as much appreciation for those who were not born into money. She doesn't think about others in terms of what they can do for her, but what she can do for them. Lucy's behavior towards Charlotte was admirable, and I really loved how she kept Charlotte's secret despite the scandal that would have caused if discovered. An excellent read that gives us a glimpse of the past, and a story that brings 1893 to life.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 23, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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 upcoming 1893 World's Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family's expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

    Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city's history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history--and everyone is invited.

    My Review:

    I know it is the peril of every reader to fall in love with a character every time they open a novel, and as a reader of many books, I try to not let that be my fate. Respect for the characters is natural, not all of them, but at least one. An admiration for the depth of character development an author has presented is usually more along the lines of what I take from a book, but I try to not let the people stay with me too long.

    I say all that to simply state this: I love Lucy. I have never met a character from high society that has as much appreciation for those who were not born into money. She doesn't think about others in terms of what they can do for her, but what she can do for them. Lucy's behavior towards Charlotte was admirable, and I really loved how she kept Charlotte's secret despite the scandal that would have caused if discovered. An excellent read that gives us a glimpse of the past, and a story that brings 1893 to life.
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    a beautiful story & an enjoyable read
    October 4, 2013
    Christian Fiction Section
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Pursuit of Lady Banning is the first in Olivia Newport's Avenue of Dreams series. The third book in this series is being released this month. Read more about it here.

    Lucy Banning is a member of the prestigious Banning family. Her life on Prairie Avenue is filled with luxury, beaded gowns, elite social circles, and...living up to the expectations of her family. Her upcoming marriage to a successful banker was arranged by her parents when she was just a child and her family has brought her up to be an excellent wife. She should have no need for anything else!

    But Lucy's heart longs for something more and even she has her secrets. How long will she have to wait before she can tell Daniel about her plans? What will happen when her family discovers that she has not been spending as much time at the orphanage as they think...and when they find out the reason she really goes into town two extra times a week is to attend a course at the new University? Her family does not understand her commitment to the children at the orphanage and Lucy regrets that even Daniel does not approve of her volunteer work.What will she do when things start going missing in the house and she discovers the new kitchen maid's secret? Then there's Leo's friend, Will - a pleasant young architect who is new to the area and seems to be able to bring out the best in Lucy. Can she trust him with her secrets? When Daniel's behavior leans more toward dangerous than dashing, will they be able to help him or will his bitterness lead to his demise?

    I have always loved stories set in this time period. They leave me wishing, for a few moments, that I had lived in that era. The elegant clothing, adherence to etiquette, and the fine poise and grace women put on full display sometimes sounds so appealing and otherworldly. This story was no exception. Olivia chose such a beautiful setting for her story and I found that I could fully picture the Banning home, the neighborhood, the University, and the orphanage in my mind...even their food sounded delicious! The author brings her characters to life and I can't help but like them. The use of American history is cleverly woven throughout the book and it's easy to imagine the excitement of the significant events of that decade. Aunt Violet is a loveable character and I admire her gumption and support for Lucy's ambition. I only wish I could have seen more of the interaction between Will and Lucy, but since this is only the first book in the Avenue of Dreams series, I'm sure this isn't the last I'll be seeing them. I'm looking forward to reading more of Charlotte's story in Book # 2 and, of course, to meeting Sarah in the 3rd book.

    Overall, I recommend this book. It's a charming, easy, and enjoyable read.
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