Book Review: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport

12933801Title: The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

Author: Olivia Newport

Series: Avenue of Dreams #1

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: May 1, 2012


Book Summary:

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 from a respected family, Lucy fears she will be forced to abandon her charity work – and the classes she is secretly taking at the newly opened University of Chicago. When she meets an unconventional young architect who is working on plans for the upcoming 1893 World’s Fair, Lucy imagines a life lived on her own terms. Can she break away from her family’s expectations? And will she ever be loved for who she truly is?

Readers will love being swept away into a world of mansions, secrets, and romance as they follow Lucy through the streets of the Windy City during one of the most exciting times in the city’s history. From opulent upper-class homes to the well-worn rooms of an orphanage, Olivia Newport breathes life and romance into the pages of history – and everyone is invited

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were complex and interesting, and I especially enjoyed the relationship between Lucy and Charlotte. The story touched a little on the differences between social classes at the time, and I was touched by Lucy’s compassion for others no matter their social class. The book is set around the time of the Chicago World Fair, and I liked learning more about it. I found it interesting how the book touched on mental illness in a book set in a time when so little was know about it. I look forward to reading the other books in the series.
Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Content: Clean – mild violence
Source: Kindle Freebie
This book can be purchased for free for Nook or Kindle.


  1. I love the dress on the cover, it’s gorgeous!

  2. calledhis says:

    ITS FREE ON CANADIAN KINDLE I’m so excited! IT LOOKS GORGEOUS er sorry for all caps. Quite excited…