Thursday, May 09, 2013

It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

About the Book
Gambling everything—including the family farm—Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair’s Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.
The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

My Thoughts
Having enjoyed the seven novels of Deeanne Gist's that I've read and after really liking the ebook novella prequel to this book I was pretty excited to read It Happened at the Fair.
That being said, it didn't disappoint and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the plot idea and it was well executed and well written. One thing that bothered me was that at times there were words that were written like, "hrdly" with no explanation as to why they were like that. But after a little while I figured out that it was how Cullen was hearing those words that were spoken to him since he was starting to lose his hearing, and it became a bit of a game for me to figure out what the words were. I really liked the inside look we go into the fair and loved all the facts and pictures the author included!
The characters were all great especially Cullen and Della. I loved how they fit together and it was really cool to see the fair through their eyes!
I highly enjoyed and recommend this book and I can't wait for book two!

About the Author
Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured
readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at and at

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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!


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