Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Book Review ~ The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport


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 own 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.

My Thoughts:
 After reading The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, the first book in the "Avenue of Dreams"series, I was anxious to read more of Charlotte Farrow's story.
While "Lucy Banning" had an upstairs/downstairs feel, this book revolved around more of the downstairs aspect of a huge house on Prairie Avenue.
While at times I got so frustrated with Charlotte's fears and timidity, I could understand her desire for her son to have the very best life possible.  I could have shouted in triumph when Charlotte FINALLY told the truth!
Archie was a very fine hero although the novel didn't tell much about him.  I would have liked more backstory.  Something more than "he had friends among the Irish".
I was very pleased with the ending of the story.  I don't know if I'm going to read Sarah Cummings' story or not.  I don't like her AT ALL and don't know if I want to take the time to get to know her better.  I'll have to think about it.

P.S.  I hope you can stop by my ETSY SHOP!

1 comment:

  1. Love your review and your reluctance to read the next book! :) Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday at Mommynificent.com!


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