It's A Fair Life

Today has already been a busy one.  So I am thrilled that I have a lil bit of time to put my feet up and read a bit.  You see I was up til 1 a.m. making a birthday cake for Granny M to take to her coffee klatch for one of the young men there.  Gosh he is only turning 70 years old today!

Then it was time to get to work on fixing some sugar free banana muffins here.  They did not do well due to me being tired.  I cooked them just a wee bit too long and dang it if they were a bit over done.  My fault for my late night.  I am going to have to have a 30 minute power nap to say the least.  But first I get to go to the worlds fair.  Have you ever been?

Well I am going back in time to the 189World's Columbian Exposition.  It sounds like it was breath taking.  They called it the White City, for it was fashioned in plaster of paris, painted up white and gleamed in the mid day sun like a shiny new penny.  New buildings in new styles, new inventions abound, for everyone to visit for months on end.  Nothing could match the city that sprouted up for this event.

This is the setting for a young man who had the foresight to see how to make things work.  When he experienced a life shattering fire, he thought up how to make a sprinkler system to help slow down a fire.  When he could not get others to hear him for the roaring crowds he learned how to lip read.  Where ever he saw an obstruction he looked on how to build a bridge over it.  So when Della became elusive Cullen set about figuring her out too. 

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More about It Happened at the Fair

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 Palace 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?

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Deeanne Gist---known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee---has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for People, Parents, and Parenting. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at and at 

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