Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Invention of Sarah Cummings Book Review

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About the Book
Sarah Cummings has one goal in life--to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner and to start eating at society tables, Sarah alters cast-off gowns from the wealthy Banning women to create lustrous, flattering dresses of her own. On a whim at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to Simon Tewell, the director of St. Andrew's Orphanage, Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of. Will she sacrifice love to continue her pretense? Or can Simon show her that sometimes you don't have to pretend for dreams to come true?
Olivia Newport brings us back to Prairie Avenue to explore the place where class, social expectations, and romance come together. Readers will enjoy following the intrepid Sarah as she searches for true love in a world of illusions. (Goodreads)

My Review
I had not read the first two books in this series Avenue of Dreams by Olivia Newport. The covers to all the books are stunning and I love the time period of the late eighteen hundreds. I enjoyed reading the twist to this story as Sarah creates a new identify for herself, Serena Cuthbert. While she is lying to everyone she knows, she is determined to break into the high society and prove to them she has what it takes to wine and dine instead of being a parlor maid. 
I really enjoyed the setting, Sarah got on my nerves because after awhile she didn't think she was doing anything wrong. The male characters did not stand out to me in this book so the love story was minimal. I did enjoy the entire point of the storyline with Sarah's growth and self acceptance. 
I rate it four stars, historical fiction lovers will enjoy. 

"I received this book from Revell for free in exchange for an honest review."

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“Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

1 comment:

Heather @ Simple Wives said...

I love the cover design! So pretty. :)