The whole world is coming to Chicago.
Charlotte's whole world is coming down around her.
While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow's attentions are entirely on one small boy—her boy—whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.
I was charmed by this intriguing tale. Author Oliva Newport takes her readers back to the heart of the golden era that surrounded the 1893 World's Columbia Exposition in Chicago with this story of a young woman who is desperate to keep her child safe and the measures she takes to insure it.
Readers will get a glimpse into the life of those in service of the rich and famous of Chicago - the maids, the kitchen help and the other servants who make life easier for those with money. The characters in this tale are warm and personable, and the main character Charlotte is an intelligent and courageous young lady with a deep secret.
"The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" is the second book in Oliva Newport's "Avenue of Dreams" series, but readers new to the series can easily catch up on the previous stories and related characters found in Newport's book, "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning."
I highly recommend this book and series to those who enjoy historical fiction with a gentle mystery mixed in.
Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two adult 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 daylilies grow as tall as she is.
Check out her website at www.olivianewport.com
My thanks to Baker Books/Revell for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.