It Happened at the Fair

It Happened at the Fair

A Novel

eBook - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Cullen McNamara gambles everything to display his latest invention at the Chicago World's Fair, but in order to communicate with potential buyers over the noise, he hires Della Wentworth to teach him to lip-read.

Simon and Schuster
A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Gambling everything—including the family farm—Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair’s Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?

Publisher: Nashville, TN : Howard Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781451692396
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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What an interesting book! I liked having the sketches at the beginning of each chapter. It was interesting how the writer took something real and used those details to explore, not only a love story, but also some other ideas like sign vs lip-reading and automatic sprinkler systems.

Jul 27, 2013

Deeanne Gist is one of my favorite writers. And she didn't disappoint this time either. This book touches every emotion as their love story unfolds. Beautiful story!
Enjoy reading!


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