Friday, June 7, 2013

Book Report: It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist

You will never find a better way to visit the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, otherwise known as Chicago World's Fair, than to read Deeanne's book It Happened at the Fair. 

The World's Fair is so enchanting, you'll think this fiction read is a fairytale.
Interesting and intriguing. 
Classic Gist romance scenes. 
A favorite time period for me. 

Themes: honesty, truth, trust, proof, adventure, and risk.

Setting: From Harvell House and Machinery Hall, to the kitchen garden in the Children's Building, you will tour the fair right along with Dee's hero and heroine. You will be swept into the turn of the century, where ingenuity was every man's ticket to a bright future. But lest you think that the fair was only for inventive men such as our hero, don't worry. Romance abounds--from the rose gardens of Wooded Island to gondola rides and light shows.

Romance: Cullen McNamara, son of a poor southern cotton farmer, thought destiny had set him on the same path as his father, but the tragic loss of his mother, a terrible cotton allergy, and a mind for invention send him north to Chicago's World Fair. When the noise of Machinery Hall and Cullen's hearing problem threaten his success, he is forced to find a solution. What starts out as harmless lip-reading lessons from Della Wentworth, a beautiful teacher of deaf students, soon upends Cullen's view of the world--before he sees it coming. 

Will the lessons help Cullen find success that may save the family farm? Will Della trust him enough to believe him once she finds out the truth?

Comment for a chance to win a free copy of this delightful read from Dee (includes continental U.S.).

Do you like to go to the fair?
What is your favorite thing at the fair?
Did you know that Juicy Fruit and Cream of Wheat made their debut at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair?
Did you know that Dee is cool because she spells her name with --anne? :)

Deeanne Gist--known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee--has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary novels. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include A Bride Most Begrudging, A Bride in the Bargain, and Maid to Match. Her latest book, It Happened at the Fair, is her ninth published novel.

A popular speaker, Gist's presentations have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in other publications. The Wall Street Journal's accompanying online video was the most watched video on the website for several days following their feature.

Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle, and Orlando Sentinel. Gist lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of thirty years. The couple has four grown children.

Gist's fans enthusiastically interact with her at her popular online communities:, as well as Facebook(@ DeesFriends) and Twitter (@DeeanneGist).


Blog post by Anne Love-
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  1. I can't say if I've ever been to the fair, per se. However, I have been to many carnivals - the best part about carnivals? The food! I love ice cream and hot dogs and cotton candy! Yummy!! Nope, I did not know those facts about Cream of Wheat and Juicy Fruit!

    ~Cecelia Dowdy~

    1. Oh you should put the fair on your bucket list Cecelia!! :)

  2. Ooo, I love anything by Deeanne! This one looks great.

    I went to the county fair once on a class field trip in fourth grade. All I really remember is seeing the animals...and smelling them. Ha!

    1. I love the animals the the 4-H Fair!

  3. I'm a HUGE Deeanne Gist fan...definitely enjoyed this book. It made me soooo badly want to hop a time machine and travel back to see the World's Fair.

    Being from Iowa, I definitely love going to the State Fair. We have the biggest one in the nation, if I remember right. It was actually named like the second-top summer attraction in the U.S. a few years ago. Lots of fun...and every fried food you could EVER want on a stick. :)

    1. Ditto--DG Fan for life!! :)
      Elkhart County, IN has the 2nd or 3rd largest in the nation. It's a HUGE deal in our county. I have many fond memories from going, it was the thing we did for my birthday. I have memories of riding on my Dad's shoulders to see above the crowd. :)

  4. I've never read her, thanks for the recommendation. I love the setting of the fair. I think the food is number one for fairs!

    1. Well, I'm HAPPY to intro you to DG! :) Food? YEP!!


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