THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW
Book two in Newport’s Avenue of Dreams series is a wonderful historical romance that has everything fans of this genre look forward to: romance, intrigue and secrets, as well as characters that are rich in detail but not over the top. Newport is a wonderful writer who expertly mixes fiction with some facts from actual places and events. She explains the way of the social classes in 1893 and how little freedom and few choices the working class had. This is a book to read over and over again; it will be a keeper.
Charlotte Farrow has kept a big secret from her employers in Chicago for a year, and she is concerned when the woman who was caring for her young son comes to Prairie Avenue, to her place of employment, with the child and tells her she cannot take care of him any longer. Charlotte quickly comes up with a plan to fix her problems and sets things into motion that will affect her and her son for a long time. Will one of the grooms come to her aid in time, or will she lose her son to the whims of her wealthy employer? (REVELL, Jan., 320 pp., $14.99)