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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Review: It Happened At The Fair

About The Book: 

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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 Palace 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?

Meet Deeanne:

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

My Opinion
If you are lover of historical fiction, then this book is a gold mine!! I learned so much about the Chicago World's Fair and it was SO INTERESTING!!! It was also really interesting to learn about how people treated deaf people back then and how they thought they HAD to learn to lip read or be cast off! You can tell Deeanne really did her research for this book and I loved learning about all the displays, buildings and sights to see at the Fair!

Besides the great historical aspects of this book, it was also written really well and I loved the romance and love story that developed between Cullen and Della. No matter how hard they fought the developing love, they couldn't stop something God had planned for them!

This book brought me to tears, made me smile and laugh, and made me want to research even more about the Chicago World's Fair and sign language and how people treated the deaf in the early 1900's. That is a sign of a GREAT Book!!!

Buy It: You can purchase It Happened At The Fair for $12.64 from

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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* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*


Candice said...

Hi Marissa,

I know this post is one of your more seasoned posts, but I couldn't help but find it interesting.
I'm a big romance reader. I mean BIG. Although, contemporary romance is more my thing.
But I've got a co-worker who's been trying to get me interested in Historical Rom. for a while now.
I think I'm going to start here, with Deeanne Gists's IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR.

Your review has me convinced. My interest is totally piqued, so I'm sure my co-worker would send you a HUGE THANK YOU! :)

Great post, Marissa. Thanks for sharing.

– Candice

The Review Stew said...

Glad you liked it Candice! This book IS really GOOD so I hope you try it out and let me know what you think!

And stay tuned because I am always posting a lot of historical romance and contemporary romance book reviews! I am a huge romance book reader too! :)