The Pursuit of Lucy Banning: A Novel
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Date: July 2012
Duration: 7 hours 16 minutes
She has a secret to keep. But will she give her heart away? 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 squeeze herself into the mold of the well-dressed wife who spends most of her time and money redecorating. When she meets Will, 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? Get swept away into the lavish world of Chicago's high society as Olivia Newport brings to life an age of glitz and grandeur, stark social contrasts, and one woman who dares to cross class lines for what she believes.
“Hats off to Olivia Newport. Her characters are compelling, and Chicago’s history comes alive on each page. Readers will feel like they’ve been transported back to 1892.” — Andrea Boeshaar, author of the Seasons of Redemption series
“Lucy Banning is my kind of heroine, pushing against the strictures of her times of the 1890s. Her love and caring wrap around your heart. A fine read.” — Lauraine Snelling, author of the Red River of the North series and the Wild West Wind series
“Newport brings to life historical Chicago with fascinating insight into the wealthy families of Prairie Avenue. She gives us a worthy heroine who struggles to break free of the constraints of her time and offers grace to those less fortunate. The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is a beautiful and sweet romance that will touch readers’ hearts.” — Jody Hedlund, award-winning author of The Preacher’s Bride and The Doctor’s Lady