Monday, January 21, 2013

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow

Author: Olivia Newport
Publisher: Revell
January 2013
ISBN: 978-0=8007-2039-1
Genre: historical

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.

When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life's struggles determine her path?

This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW is the second book in Ms. Newport’s Avenue of Dreams series, but it somewhat stands alone. Still, readers will want to read the first book in the series, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning to familiarize themselves with her and her story. It will help them not to be lost in certain parts of the book.

I enjoyed getting to know Charlotte as she worked as housekeeper in a Chicago mansion, and I felt her struggle when her son’s caregiver unexpectedly returned the boy to her, and she wasn’t allowed to care for it, wasn’t allowed to make any decisions for his care while he was in the home. A heart-wrenching tale at times. $14.99. 320 pages.

About the Author
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.

No comments: