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Years ago, I discovered my love of reading when I read my first book series, Little House on the Prairie.
Then as I got older, I began to “grow” in my book selection, I started with Jennette Oke and worked my way up.
I had my favorite authors growing up, and while I have strayed from some, I still return to my favorites.
One is Lynn Austin. She is such a good author and has a way of pulling you into her fictional worlds.
Some of my Austin favorites are:
Author: Lynn Austin
Genre: Historical Fiction – Mystery – Romance
Time Era: 1893 – Chicago’s World Fair
This book has everything; romance, history, humor, and mystery.
It is 1893 and Violet Hayes is on a mission, one that will take her on a trip that she will never forget.
Upon returning home from finishing school, Violet’s father gives her a shocking blow.
Her mother, whom her father said been taken to a sanitarium and died, had actually left on her own and it still very much alive.
And now, worse yet, her father announces he is going to marry the horrible widow Maude O’Neill.
Determined to discover the truth, Violet uses her active imagination and schemes a plan to go to Chicago to find her mother.
She convinces her father to let her travel to Chicago to stay with her Grandmother and eccentric Aunts.
It is also the height of the World’s Fair, and Violet is about to have the ride of her life.
Upon arriving at her Grandmother’s, it becomes quite clear that Violet’s secret mission will have some detours.
One of the many interesting and fun features of this book is that each of the Aunt’s and her Grandmother “represents” a different class of people. And each one is pulling Violet in a different direction.
Aunt Agnes is the ultimate upper-crust. First-class all the way, and she is determined to find Violet a rich husband and to bring her to every social gathering.
Aunt “Matt” Matilda, is a suffragette and wants Violet to be one too. Violet is dragged to rallies and marches for Women’s Rights!
And Aunt Matt shares her opinions on the laws made by men and she does it rather vocally no matter where they are.
Aunt Birdie goes nowhere and has no soapbox like her sisters, she lives in the past and greets everyone, stranger or family with a hug. She is sweet and funny, and the only thing she wants for Violet is to marry for love. Violet has her doubts about that fact.
And then there is Violets Grandmother, who works in the slums of Chicago, poor houses and soup kitchens. She believes in sharing Christ’s love with all and often helps with revival meetings inspired by D.L Moody.
In between being pulled in four different directions, she has also caught the attention of four different gentlemen, each from the different classes of her Aunts and Grandmother.
She is still determined to find her mother and the truth about why she left, but in the end, she will find herself and have her eyes opened to the world around her.
She finds that the world is not all fancy and fun, she finds heartache in the slums, deception in the rich class and freedom in the beliefs of Women’s rights.
While Violet is not looking for love or marriage, in her search for her mother she learns many lessons along the way and even finds true love.
While the book has a slow start, once you get into it, you won’t stop! Because there are so many different layers in the plot, that a review can hardly do it justice while refraining from spoilers.
It is truly amazing how much content and history are covered in the course of the story.
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