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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 November 1, 2013

    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 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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Very predictable

    The story was very predictable...I did like the history of the Chicago World Fair. Kept waiting for the characters from "Tempest in the White City" to be integrated into the story. Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I read this book a while back, and honestly I found it boring. T

    I read this book a while back, and honestly I found it boring. There was no plot, and it just seemed to drag on forever! I usually love Deeane Gist's books, but this one was sadly lacking. If this is your first time reading Deeane Gist, and you didn't like this book, I would definitely recommend reading one of her other books. One of my personal favorites is "Bride in the Bargain". Don't give up on her; she's usually a great author... this book just flopped :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2014

    Kind of boring.

    Kind of boring.

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