Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Invention of Sarah Cummings - Olivia Newport

The Invention of Sarah Cummings is book three in the Avenue of Dreams series by Olivia Newport.  Ms. Newport does a fantastic job crafting the character of Sarah Cummings.  She chose to stay consistent with the Sarah Cummings we met in previous books of this series, and keeps the character fallible throughout the story.  We get to see how Sarah grows and changes, but not altogether so much that it isn't believable.
Sarah's story is that she grew up in a happy household, but traumatically lost both parents in a carriage accident when she was still in her early years.  She was taken immediately to St. Andrew's Orphanage in Chicago, but was unhappy and restless.  She was put into service in the Banning household in her early teens where she continued to be unhappy.  When an opportunity arose for her to act like she belonged to high society, she took it and ran.  The persona she developed in order to stay recognized as one of a higher class got more and more complicated until eventually her two world collided.  How the character adapts to her situation is what makes this story come alive.
I am certainly a fan of Olivia Newport and will continue to stay tuned to novels she releases in the coming months.  Her historical accuracy makes this novel a delight to read.  I learn something new every time I embark on another Newport novel.  The book appears to be a bit thinner than its competitors, but don't let that fool you.  I got many hours of good reading from it and never felt for a moment that it was moving too quickly.  The author did a fantastic job with the length of the book.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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