Monday, May 14, 2012

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

Set in Chicago shortly after the great fire, Lucy Banning is keeping secrets from her family and her fiancé, Daniel. Instead of going to help at the orphanage 3 times a week like her family and Daniel think she is, she is taking a class at the local university which is one of the few schools that permits girls. Charlotte, the newest maid in the Banning household has her own secret that only Lucy knows.
As Lucy and Daniel's relationship falls apart, Daniel gets jealous when he sees Lucy showing an interest in her brother's friend, Will. Daniel tries everything he can to get Lucy back. Will he succeed, or will he loose Lucy forever?
My favorite characters were Lucy, Charlotte and Will. They made me want to keep reading even when I was frustrated with some of the other characters and their actions. Lucy's character was entertaining and fun, and constantly full of surprises. Charlotte's story isn't complete. I wanted to know more of her background and what brought her to the Banning household. Hopefully Olivia Newport's next book, which is about Charlotte, will answer my questions about her background. Will's character wasn't as much a mystery as just refreshingly different than Daniel. I got to the point where I wanted to hate Daniel's character and all he was doing to try to win Lucy back, but fell in love with Will.
I give The Pursuit of Lucy Banning 4.5 stars.
I received this book free from Revell for the purpose of this review.

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