Saturday, November 5, 2011

Up and Coming Fiction! The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

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.

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

Revell/ May 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2038-4 / 304 pages / paperback: $14.99


  1. This sounds great! I visited Chicago for the first time a couple of years ago and we toured one of the houses on Prairie Ave. I was fascinated by the history. Can't wait to read it!

  2. What perspective is this book written from? I was just wondering. It sounds very interesting.

  3. Isn't that one of the most beautiful book covers you've ever seen? Sigh. Absolutely gorgeous.

    I can't wait to read this book. I'm currently reading a history of the Chicago World's Fair, so I'll be all ready to dive into The Pursuit of Lucy Banning when it comes out.

  4. What an eye catching cover...I love it, it really draws your eyes in.
    Been to Chicago a few times, my sister's have lived near there!

  5. I totally agree, the cover is so beautiful!!!

  6. This sounds like a great story! Love the cover!

  7. ANNE, I've never been there myself, but the history in this book must be amazing. I can't wait either. :)

    DAWN, that I'm not sure about. I did check amazon to see if they had a sneak peek available and they don't yet. I'm thinking probalby third person...?

    ERICA, which is why I wanted to post it this weekend! LOVE this cover!

    MAUREEN, you don't find many books set there do you? Sounds like a history-rich setting.

    JOY and FAYE, ::grin::

    ADELINA, I agree! I feel in love with the first time I saw it, so I'm very excited. :)

  8. I see there are others that are as captivated as me with the cover! When I arrived at your blog and that came up I was like "oh, I love that cover!"

  9. LOL, Julie! I think the same thing every time I see it. :)


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