Book Review: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

Lucy Banning may live on the exclusive Prairie Avenue among Chicago’s rich and famous, but her heart lies elsewhere. Expected to marry an up-and-coming banker, the son of family friends, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon what matters to her most—her work at the orphanage and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago.
When she meets Will Edwards, an unconventional young architect working on plans for the 1893 World’s Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. A new young maid brings her own secret to the Banning household, and Lucy must choose between deeply held values.
Can Lucy find love and live out of her compassionate heart?

My thoughts:  10 Stars!

Can I say this enough: I Love this Book! I Love this authors writing style!

This is one of the first books I have read in a long time, that I was so into reading the book, I didn’t take time to make notes (and I usually take notes while reading a review book). I had to take 4 days to finish it because of my motherly duties called for me to clean and cook, or I would have devoured it in one day.

I finished this book yesterday but have not had time to write my review (though you won’t be reading it for another week because this won’t be posted until next Sunday), and all these things I could say have been spinning around in my head.

This author knows how to write a book, keep you interested, and not over crowd with useless  details or scenes that really are just page fillers. There are no page filling useless scenes in here. Every scene pertains to the story and is important. I love this about this book, I didn’t have to skim over any pages to get to the “juicey” details that mattered.

I really connected with Lucy quickly in the first 2 chapters. I also found my self hoping for more about Charlotte pretty quickly, so I was glad to find her an important character in the story (and the next book in the series).
Daniel is Lucy’s fiance at the beginning of the book, but I had him pegged from the get go for some reason. I didn’t expect his story line to turn out like it did, which made a great twist for this story. Wish I could tell you, but it would be a spoiler. I will say he is up to no good!

I feel there could be a budding relationship with Charlotte and Archie the footman. Though barely mentioned, there is some “eyeing” going on with him towards Charlotte. So I hope they are the romancers in the second book. Charlotte does have a secret that only a few know about, but she will need help in the future with that secret.

I wanted this book to continue. It was over way too fast. I will impatiently be waiting for the next book in the series.
This book is a keeper for my bookshelf, and I may even purchase the kindle edition so I have it on hand if I ever want to reread it, and I do reread my favorites over again and rediscover details I forgot or had missed the first time around.

I could say more, but then this review would be way too long, and I don’t like to read long reviews my self so I try to keep them short.

Pick up this book from your favorite book seller.

I received this book for free, for an honest review, from the publisher.

“Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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