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Overview Violet Hayes ventures to Chicago during the World's Fair in search of her mother, who has been missing from her life since she was nine, and as she uncovers the missing parts of her past, Violet will ultimately find herself.
Publishers Description When Violet Hayes ventures to Chicago during the time of the World's Fair, her one goal is to find her mother, who has been missing from her life since she was nine. Naive, impressionable, and highly imaginative (having secretly ingested a diet of romance novels and true crime stories at school), Violet stays in Chicago under the care of her grandmother and her three great aunts. It is here that her perspectives on life are opened as she is exposed to the world about her--from high society to the poor immigrant families; from the suffragette movement to the security of a suitable marriage match. As Violet contemplates what course her life will take, she will discover the missing parts of her family's past--and, ultimately, Violet will discover herself.
From Publishers Weekly Christy award-winning historical novelist Austin delivers her strongest offering yet, a coming-of-age story set in late-19th-century Illinois. The great strength of this novel comes from the first-person narrators charming voice: 20-year-old Violet Hayes is distressed to learn that her father is remarryingand that her mother, whom Violet believed lay recovering from a mysterious illness in a sanitarium somewhere, had in fact simply abandoned her family and filed for divorce. To escape a stepmother-to-be she cant stand, Violet heads to Chicago to stay with her grandmother and great-aunts. Although shes recently graduated from a genteel school for young ladies, its in Chicago that Violets real education begins. One great-aunt tries to persuade her to join the suffrage movement, while another introduces Violet to elite society and urges her to catch a wealthy husband. Her grandmother, who takes her cues from Jane Addams, introduces Violet to the world of revivalist Christianity and inner-city good works, prompting Violet to re-examine her own faith. Two questions drive the plot: will Violet find her mother, and will she encounter true love? Readers will enjoy accompanying Violet as she discovers the answers, her calling and her adult self. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Library Journal - 09/01/2007 page 118
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0764228919 ISBN13 9780764228919
Availability 0 units.
More About Lynn Austin
Lynn Austin has sold more than 1.5 million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.
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Refreshing and Funny May 26, 2010
I thought this book was refreshing and pretty funny in various parts of the book. Lynn Austin's heroin, 21-year-old Violet Hayes, was charming, witty, humorous, and impressionable. I enjoyed how Lynn Austin ties up all of Violet Hayes "mysteries."
This book will have you laughing out loud and wanting to experience being a 21 year old at the dawning of the 20th century.
Almost didn't get past the first chapter May 20, 2010
I love sweet romances, especially historicals, so I was thrilled to stumble across this novel. However after fifteen minutes I was ready to put it down, never to finish again. A Proper Prusuit follows Violet, a 20 year old graduate of a lady's finishing school, who comes home to find that her father is remarrying a widow with children and that her "sick" mother ran out on her family nine years earlier. Despirate to find her long lost mother, Violet convinces her father to allow her to travel to Chicago and stay with her grandmother so she can secretly undertake a search for her long lost mother.
Violet, in these first chapters, is the most childish and silly 20 year old ever to exist. She tells us repeatidly that she lived a sheltered life, but it still never seems to add up to a 20 year old woman, sheltered or not. Fortunately, things get better as the novel progresses--she enters the company of the older women in her family--her grandmother and two great aunts--who all manage to reveal different facets of Violet's personality. As a result she grows a great deal in the month that we watch her and for that, this book is worth the time and effort.
A very fine 5-star read May 16, 2010
i never read anything by lynn austin. i think this is a great book. violet made laugh out loud in the first couple of pages. i found all of the main characters to be unique and endearing in their own ways. i was quite disappointed when the story came to an end. would love a sequel.
thank you for offering the book for free - that is an added bonus.
Just wished I hadn't figured out the ending 3/4 through the book! May 16, 2010
I loved this book. I read it at least 2 hours a day for about 3 days. Made me laugh and I liked the religious part of it. I got this book free on Kindle...even better. Now I want to recommend friends to get the book. (They don't have a Kindle) :)
Could Not Put This Book Down May 16, 2010
I read the hardcover of this book (borrowed it from the library) it is one of the best books I have ever read. I loved the characters and the fact the book really took you back to that time. It was wonderful. It is truly a must read.