A Proper Pursuit [NOOK Book]

Overview

It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience: a little mystery, a little romance.

To be honest, it is more than a little mystery. She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered. As for romance--well, with the help of her grandmother and three great aunts, that is coming along nicely as well--perhaps too well. Each of her ...
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Overview

It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience: a little mystery, a little romance.

To be honest, it is more than a little mystery. She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered. As for romance--well, with the help of her grandmother and three great aunts, that is coming along nicely as well--perhaps too well. Each of her relatives--including her saintly grandmother--seems to have a separate agenda for her.

In the course of a summer, Violet's world will open wide before her eyes. But in the wake of discovery, she must find a way to determine which path--and which man--will ultimately be the right lifetime choice for her.

A Christy Award Winner
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Editorial Reviews

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A Proper Pursuit, by Lynn Austin was a very fine read. The touches of humor were placed all in the right areas. When reading, I read as if I was twenty, Violet's age. I felt the change in her as the book progressed. In the beginning she was naive and full of imagination As the book closed she became bold and a much more sensible young lady The book ended wonderfully and finished with a very pleasant surprise.
—Maisha Walker
blogcritics.org
A Proper Pursuit is a book that slips down easily. But along the way I realized it had raised questions and issues far weightier than I expected to find while hanging out with such a coquettish and lively heroine. Fans of romantic comedy and Americana will want to add A Proper Pursuit to their collections.
—Violet Nesdoly
Library Journal

When young Violet Hayes hears that her father plans to marry the ghastly widow Maude O'Neill, she sets off for Chicago in 1893 under the guise of visiting the World's Fair, but Violet's real purpose is to find her mother, who had divorced her father years ago, and to prevent her father's ridiculous marriage. A three-time Christy Award winner (Fire by Night; Candle in the Darkness; Hidden Places) and one of the genre's best historical fiction novelists, Austin delivers another agreeable saga that draws on America's rich, turbulent history and features distinctive characters. This sure winner will please readers who enjoy high-spirited, adventurous heroines and vivid details of bygone eras. Highly recommended. Austin lives in Chicago.


—Tamara Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441202369
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 78,658
  • File size: 732 KB

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Lynn Austin has sold more than one million copies of her books worldwide. She is an eight-time Christy Award winner for her historical novels, as well as a popular speaker at retreats and conventions. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and live near Chicago. Learn more at lynnaustin.org.

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won seven 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 near Chicago, Illinois. Visit Lynn's Web site at lynnaustin.org

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    An Awesome Historical Read That Doesn't Stop There!

    The time is the late 1800¿s and twenty year old Violet Hayes is on a quest to experience romance and mystery just like the books her and her best friend Ruth snuck to read at Madame Beauchamps' School for girls. Yes she was taught to be a lady but she wants adventure. After finding out her father is about to remarry and that her mother really is alive not dead as her father had try to make her believe, Violet knows she must go to Chicago to find her mother, who she hasn¿t seen since she was nine, she convinces her father to let her go see the World¿s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and to visit her grandmother and her great aunts. But everyone else has their own plans for Violet. Her grandmother, father and Aunt Agnes are out to have her married. Her crazy Aunt Birdie tells her to marry for love and her Aunt Matt tells her she doesn¿t need to marry. Than all in one week she has three marriage proposals but the men all have their own ideas too and not one includes love. All the while Violet is falling in love with Silas the salesman she met on the train to Chicago who has really tried hard to help her find her mother. But Violet believes he is a thief and not a proper suitor. She allows the men to escort her to the fair and spends time with her grandmother helping the poor, Aunt Agnes takes her calling on all her high society friends and Aunt Matt teaches her about the Women¿s Suffragette Movement. Violet learns a lot but feels none of these lives is for her. She knows her time is running out as her father is making her go home and marry Herman Beckett unless she finds someone else but Violet knows she must find her mother! Her father has instructed her grandmother and aunts to tell her nothing about her mother but Violet finds herself in a mystery, the mystery of her mother and why she left, the truth about her father and the woman he is about to marry and Uncle Phillip which she didn¿t know she had an uncle and all the while trying to stop the feelings that are growing for Silas. Will Violet find her mother? Will she marry without love or have her heart broken by the thief Silas only time will tell as Violet finds God along the way and knows He has all the answers even if she isn¿t sure herself. ¿A Proper Pursuit¿ is an awesome read perfect for teens and adults alike who love romance, history and a little bit of mystery. The author Lynn Austin draws you in from the very first page and takes you back in time and places you there with Violet as she determines the course of her life and searches for her mother. This reviewer loved the detailed history especially Dwight Moody¿s ministry, the women¿s suffragette marches and the World¿s Fair as the time period really comes alive. So if love books like `Gone with the Wind¿ by Margaret Mitchell or ¿Redeeming Love¿ by Francine Rivers you will thoroughly enjoy ¿A Proper Pursuit¿.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2010

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    Violet and how she grows

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I was a little apprehensive to try it and glad I did. Violet was an interesting character who learned how to grow up and act like an adult and went on some wild adventures in her time. Makes you think about how hard women did have it back in the day.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Charming and funny

    I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

    My One of my favorite books!

    This book made me giggle like a schoolgirl! You have to keep reading all the way to the end (it doedn't fizzle out toward the end)...and oh what an ending! Highly recommend!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    I Love "A Proper Pursuit"

    I love "A Proper Pursuit". It takes place in 1893, a 20 yr. old girl, Violet Hayes, has just completed finishing school and goes to Chicago to live with her grandmother and great-aunts to do some detective work and find a husband. She learns many life lessons in the pursuit.

    It is witty, she has the kind of imagination that Ann of Green Gables has, running away with her. I enjoyed discovering which of her absurd imaginings were true and which were not.

    Violet is spunky, intelligent and fun! I laughed out loud many times. It's a book about life, love, finding the true meaning of forgiveness and learning how to forgive. I love how Violet experiences all walks of life to some degree while staying in Chicago.

    Lynn Austin's character development created real people for me. I have enjoyed everything I have read of hers. Her description of a first kiss in this book is epic, I felt it. I felt cheated when the book ended. I want more! I have read it 4 times and will read it many more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    ,,,!!,!

    wow whhhat a. suprise endingg i loved it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2010

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    A fun read!

    Violet is hilarious with her imagination running amok throughout this book. Fun to read and funny, but not cheesy or sappy.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    SUPER AND SUPER AND SUPER!!!!

    Lynn NEVER disappoints her readers -- each of her books is different -- no predicting what she writes -- thats what makes them so great! I can't believe anyone would think these characters are shallow. Her books are always wholesome too -- what a treat to get as a gift or to just read and re-read. KEEP writing faster Lynn -- we love you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2007

    Incredible story from an incredible author!

    'A Proper Pursuit' is a charming tale with an even more endearing heroine. Violet is dramatic and smart, and so easy to connect with! Her outlook on life and spunky personality make the story enjoyable and funny! The many suitors pursuing her are also wonderful, and you don't know how it will turn out until the very last page.The book has a powerful message about being the person God created you to be and not always conforming to the ideas of other people. Lynn Austin is an amazing author, and everything she writes is powerful and impossible to put down. I must say, though, that this book is her best so far!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fantastic inspirational ninetieth century Americana tale

    In the summer of 1893 in Lockport, Violet Hayes is stunned to learn that her father is remarrying the Widow Maude O¿Neill. It is not the rat faced phony Widow, who may have killed her first husband or her two children Horace and Harriet that stuns Violet as she explains to her father that he has a wife, her mother even if she has been restrained in a mental hospital for the last eleven years. Her father says he is now free to remarry Violet asks when did she die and why was she not told. Instead her father finally admits her mother apparently deserted Violet and her father and moved to Chicago. Violet, who barely remembers her mother, needs to know why along with six other mysteries as much as to escape the Widow, her father, and the courtship of Herman Beckett.-------------- In Chicago, Violet searches for her mother Angeline Cepak Hayes while staying with her grandmother and great aunts. Her grandmother especially welcomes her to the family. As she learns about her maternal roots she meets Silas McClure, seller of Dr. Dean¿s Blood Builder. They are attracted to one another, but Violet has doubts as everyone she meets seems to have an agenda for her even her loving nurturing grandmother.------------- This is a fantastic inspirational ninetieth century Americana tale starring a precious female protagonist whose naive understanding of life beyond Lockport is based on romance and mystery dime novels. The ensemble cast in Chicago and Lockport enhance the efforts of the heroine to solve her seven mysteries besides why mom left to include did Maude kill her first husband and why did dad give up on religion, etc. Although the romance between the bemused Silas and the bewildered Violet is unnecessary, readers will appreciate this entertaining look through the eyes of an inexperienced but not shrinking Violet at a time when Chicago hosted the Columbian World expedition.------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Wonderful.

    Lynn Austin has delighted me since a friend loaned "Candle in the Darkness" to me years ago. This book swept me away from the first few pages. The main character is delightful, and I found myself rooting for her all throughout the book. There are parts of the book that made me double over in laughter, and parts that made me want to cry right along with the characters. I had a difficult time putting it down. This book is a great fun read. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend it.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    You are never disappointed with Lynn Austin!

    Wonderful christian historical novels. Always a good story and genuine characters. Keeps you interested from the first page to the last.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    One of my favorite books from lynn austin!

    I really enjoyed this book! Lynn Austin is one of my favorite autors, and this book is by far one of my favorites! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    Great as expected

    As always Lynn Austin delivers another great book. Her books are consistently interesting and this book has unexpected twists. Read, enjoy and try her other books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    I really enjoyed

    I don't leave a lot of reviews, but i really enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Very sweet romance

    A simple yet compelling read. I was absorbed right away, its not as intellectually draining as so many books ive read lately. I cheered at the end and it was delightful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Excellent read. The kind of book you want to curl up with and lo

    Excellent read. The kind of book you want to curl up with and loose yourself in. Enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    I really enjoy Lynn Austin's books and this was no disappointment. The story is rich with detail and really takes you back to those late 19th century times in Chicago. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Love love love

    Excellent historical references. Wonderful characters and a twisting plot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    You'll love it

    Wonderful wonderful book! You will grow to love the main characters deeply.

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