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It Happened at the Fair: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Great Story

This was a great story. I couldn't put it down. As usual, it had just the right amount of sexual tension (nothing inappropriate - I would let my young teenage daughter read it) which is why I LOVE Deeanne Gist's books. The story line was not predicatble and very swe...
This was a great story. I couldn't put it down. As usual, it had just the right amount of sexual tension (nothing inappropriate - I would let my young teenage daughter read it) which is why I LOVE Deeanne Gist's books. The story line was not predicatble and very sweet. However, I do have one complaint. The garbled words with the letters left out were very annoying. I did not realize they were there on purpose until I read the author's notes at the end of the book. I had contacted Barnes and Noble for a refund thinking that it was a Nook glitch

posted by 2747850 on April 30, 2013

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I am, in general, a fan of Deeanne Gist. However, I feel some o

I am, in general, a fan of Deeanne Gist. However, I feel some of her best works are her earlier ones, though, and this novel affirms that feeling.

I really appreciated the historical climate and situation of the 1893 Worlds Fair. The amount of detail poured into the ...
I am, in general, a fan of Deeanne Gist. However, I feel some of her best works are her earlier ones, though, and this novel affirms that feeling.

I really appreciated the historical climate and situation of the 1893 Worlds Fair. The amount of detail poured into the book was done tastefully and I did not feel like it distracted from the story. The problem lies more with the fact that there is very little story. Punctuated by extremely short chapters that rudely segment any sense of flow - the plot cannot fill an entire book - let alone one of this length. We have no significant over-arching conflict that propels the story forward. All we have is tiny snippets of Cullen struggling with being pseudo-engaged, yet attracted to a woman who is not his fiancee. Even in that, though, we have very little understanding of why the financee exists in the first place - or why the relatively loveless "understanding" has not been rectified before this. This takes away significantly from the feeling of tension we should have. His struggle with his invention at the fair is a plausible one - but still done so lightly (and briefly) that it cannot fill the pages it aspires to.
Della is an even more poorly drawn character. There are few scenes that really help us dive into who she is or how she is feeling about Cullen and her struggle with teaching sign-language to the deaf is not explained well enough for us to feel the real conflict.

The entire book just...lacks. And the passion and tension Gist is known for almost entirely gets slammed into the last few pages of the book. It's an awkward transition. But, well, the entire book is a bit awkward. I was happy for a one-time read because of the vivid description of the fair but the pleasure, unfortunately, ended there.

posted by Kaelme on November 1, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    History Book

    I love Gist's work. However this book read more like your 8th grade Social Studies book complete with pictures and all rather then a novel. Every now and then a few of the cute, romantic scenes that characterize Gist's typical pieces or work were interlacd between the thorough history of the Worlds Fair. History buffs may enjoy this book however this was one of my least favorites.However I do admire all of the research that Gist had to have done to describe the world fair so accurrately in her book. Nevertheless it was a difficult read to get through and the pictures were unnecessary.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Slow read................

    Fact filled but was a very slow read, didn't keep my attention for very long. Found to be a book that you could put down and come back to days later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    Didn't like this.

    Read the first chapter. Was probably one of the worse chapters I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Plot spoilers

    Entirely too many plot spoilers giving away the entire story line then bragging how they got their book for free for their so called 'honest' review. Face it...it is not an honest review when you are given the book then you give a glowing review. It is a bought review. Bn, please put a stop to these rude plot spoilers. Ban them and delete their plot spoiling posts.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Curious

    When someone is given a book for an honest review like Dec.29,13 on this book,how does that come about? Thank you,Granny B.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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