PURSUIT OF LUCY BANNING
In a new historical series, Avenue of Dreams, readers head to the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 where they will be treated to the grandeur and charm of the wealthy and the not-so-wealthy. In this story thick with secrets and lies, Newport’s characters are by turn charming, conniving or trying to be true to themselves in spite of what society expects of them.
Lucy Banning has lived a privileged, pampered life. However, she feels she has something to give to others and volunteers at a local orphanage, despite her parents’ outrage. She is also secretly taking classes at the newly opened University of Chicago. Her parents expect her to marry a banker, but Lucy is concerned her prospective groom will make her give up her classes and charity work. When she meets an unconventional architect who’s working on plans for the World’s Fair, she knows where her future lies. (REVELL, May, 304 pp., $14.99)