Baker Publishing Group|January 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-2039-1
Charlotte Farrow, maid in the wealthy Banning household on Chicago’s opulent Prairie Avenue, has kept her baby boy a secret from her employers for nearly a year. But when the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Banning’s decide the child’s fate. Can she face the truth of her own past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life’s tragedies determine the future for her?
This compelling story set against the glittering backdrop of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition captures the tension between the wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable. Author Olivia Newport expertly portrays social classes while creating a story of courage, strength, and tender romance.
I didn’t enjoy this second novel as much as I did the first which was: “The Pursuit of Lucy Banning”. I don’t feel it was written nearly as well as the first part and the story wasn’t all that attention holding either. I was really quite disappointed however, I’m sure someone else will just love it.