Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Review - "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow"

"The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow," is book 2 in Olivia Newport's Avenue of Dreams series following book 1 "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning."  Charlotte is a servant in the Banning household and yet she has a secret that could get her fired from her position if someone finds out.  Lucy knows Charlotte's secret, but she is away on her honeymoon.  During this time, Charlotte's secret, her baby boy, is left in the Banning's courtyard and Charlotte must think fast and make difficult decisions in order to protect herself and keep Henry safe.  Not only does Charlotte have to deal with her duties in the home, and protecting Henry, but she also is trying to protect her heart as Archie declares his love to her.  When Charlotte finds out that her son may be given away, and at about the same time someone from her past shows up, Charlotte must decide fast what to do and cannot wait for Lucy's return to ask her advice. 

I loved book 1 and book 2 is just as good!  I love that not only do we get to hear more about the Banning family, but we are privy to the servants' world and life as well.  Charlotte is such a great main character and I found myself admiring her strength and determination throughout the book. Of course, Lucy is very admirable and I love the role that she and Will play in the story!  Emmaline is a character whom I also admire and respect, she made hard decisions of her own and I would love to find out she still has contact with Charlotte and the family.  The historical details that are included as so much to the story and the really bring the time period and Chicago alive!  I am looking forward to the next book in the series and wonder who will be the main character, perhaps Sarah, or one of the Banning sons, or even perhaps Emmaline whom most certainly deserves a happily ever after.

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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