×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

A Proper Pursuit
     

A Proper Pursuit

4.6 42
by Lynn Austin
 

See All Formats & Editions

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

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

Editorial Reviews

roadtoromance.ca
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441202369
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
86,137
File size:
749 KB

Meet the Author

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 www.lynnaustin.org
Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half 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 an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan. Learn more at www.lynnaustin.org.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Proper Pursuit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
babslighthouse More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent historical references. Wonderful characters and a twisting plot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't leave a lot of reviews, but i really enjoyed this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful wonderful book! You will grow to love the main characters deeply.
Brandon Freeman More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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¿.
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
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.
Lauren Rubino More than 1 year ago
wow whhhat a. suprise endingg i loved it
sumteacher More than 1 year ago
Violet is hilarious with her imagination running amok throughout this book. Fun to read and funny, but not cheesy or sappy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
'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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BusDriverDee More than 1 year ago
Wonderful christian historical novels. Always a good story and genuine characters. Keeps you interested from the first page to the last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Lynn Austin is one of my favorite autors, and this book is by far one of my favorites! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
dreaminkr08 More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. The kind of book you want to curl up with and loose yourself in. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books! This book kept me guessing the whole time! At some point in the book, I really thought she might end up with any one of the suitors but then the plot changed and I thought she wouldn't end up with anyone! My jaw literally dropped when Silas turned out to be a detective. Did not see that one coming! Fantastic ending. Delightful characters. Marvelous painting of life in Chicago in the late 1800s. I also enjoyed the fact that even though this is a Christian book - she didn't marry the preacher which would have been the predictable thing to do in such case. Recommended read for anyone! Downloaded this book because it was free, but now am a devoted fan of Lynn Austin! Will read more of her, for sure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago