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The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow (Avenue of Dreams Book #2): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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Charlotte Farrow, maid in the wealthy Banning household on Chicago's opulent Prairie Avenue, has kept her baby boy a secret from her employers for nearly a year. But when the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her own past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or ...
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Charlotte Farrow, maid in the wealthy Banning household on Chicago's opulent Prairie Avenue, has kept her baby boy a secret from her employers for nearly a year. But when the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her own past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life's tragedies determine the future for her?

This compelling story set against the glittering backdrop of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition captures the tension between the wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable. Author Olivia Newport expertly portays social classes while creating a story of courage, strength, and tender romance.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441240613
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Avenue of Dreams , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 31,200
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. Her husband and two adult children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her husband and two adult children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.
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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is the second novel in Olivia Ne

    The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is the second novel in Olivia Newport’s “Avenue of Dream Series.” The book is a delightful read. It ties to the first book in the series, The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, but is completely able to stand alone if you haven’t read the first.

    With Lucy Banning married to Will Edwards and off to Europe on her honeymoon, Charlotte Farrow settles in for a summer of serving the Banning family. Charlotte’s secret has been well kept and her son, Henry, has been well cared for by Mrs. Given.
    Just days before the Banning family is to return to Chicago from their lake house, Mrs. Given shows up unexpectedly at the mansion when a family emergency prevents her from continuing to care for the boy. Charlotte is desperate to find a solution since the knowledge that she has a child can cause her to lose her position. As the rest of Chicago is caught up in the glamour and excitement of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Charlotte searches for a way to care for Henry.
    Olivia Newport weaves an intriguing tale of a mother’s love and devotion in this book. Her writing will transport the reader back to the 19th century. Her story comes alive with characters that are well developed and realistic.
    Newport does a good job of defining the tension of the time between the staff and the wealthy families they served. She has done her homework, and it is evident as she skillfully melds history and fiction throughout her book. I found the details of the exposition and Mr. Ferris’s famous wheel added depth and entertainment to the story. The wheel itself acts as a nonhuman character that plays a role in the resolution of this story. **Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge by the publisher for my honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Slow start

    It was a good story, but I had a hard time focusing on it. There was very little romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Charlotte Farrow is a wonderful sequel to The Pursuit of Lucy Ba

    Charlotte Farrow is a wonderful sequel to The Pursuit of Lucy Banning though it's about Charlotte!  I became entirely wrapped up in the
    hopes, fears and dreams of Charlotte right there on Prairie Avenue in Chicago as the story takes her through familiar streets, neighboring
    famous Chicagoans and set during the Colombian Expo World's Fair - it was great and easy to read.  Easy to follow and yet some surprises
    along the way.  I hope there is a sequel with the next chapters about Charlotte's life and more about her interaction with Lucy Banning!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Fun to read

    Well written, and fun to read. Newport keeps you hanging at the end of each chapter. It was hard to put down. I found myself looking for more books by this author.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    Once I read The Pursuit of Lucy Banning last year, I knew I had

    Once I read The Pursuit of Lucy Banning last year, I knew I had to get my hands on the next book in the series as soon as it was available! While Lucy's story gives readers insight about life "above stairs," Charlotte's story delves into life "below stairs." As different as the stories were, they were both outstanding, and I think I loved The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow even more!

    The historical aspects of this novel were fascinating, and I was impressed by the amount of research that must have gone into writing this novel. All the talk of workers' rights and how it affected the wealthy as well as the servants in their homes cast a new light onto that issue for me—much different than my history and business classes in college did.

    While the romantic aspects weren't as strong as I expected, I still loved watching how Charlotte and Archie's relationship progressed and matured. The other characters were interesting as well, and my fingers are crossed that we'll get to know Sarah better in the next book in the series.

    Fans of historical fiction are sure to enjoy this novel (though I would recommend reading the series in order). [5 stars]

    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

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    THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW by Olivia Newport is an exciting

    THE DILEMMA OF CHARLOTTE FARROW by Olivia Newport is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in Chicago in the 1890's. Book 2 in the "Avenue of Dreams", but can be read as a stand alone. See, "The Pursuit of Lucy Banning". When Charlotte's world starts crumbling down around her,she must chose her child's fate or her living. She is working as a maid in the Banning home,when the unthinkable happens. Filled with faith,secets, struggles,courage,strength,and love. 19th century Chicago with its social class and genre will draw you in and hold you there. Follow Charlotte Farrow and Archie Shepard on a journey of a lifetime. A compelling,sweet story with complex characters,an interesting plot with the World's Columbian Exposition given in much detail. Can a woman love her child,find happiness,peace,and love all while finding herself? You must read "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" to find out, you will not regret reading this amazing story. I can hardly wait for the next installment of these brave,courageous women. A must read for anyone who enjoys history,Chicago during the 1893's and romance. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: SWEET
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews

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  • Posted January 24, 2013

    What a fascinating book! Set in Chicago at the same time as Chic

    What a fascinating book! Set in Chicago at the same time as Chicago’s World Fair (or the Columbian Exposition) in 1893, this book has the fair as a theme, though it’s not really the main point. I love learning fascinating history through fascinating historical fiction books! This book had a riveting dash of suspense. If you haven’t read The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, book one in the Avenue of Dreams series, don’t worry – this one can be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone, which is exactly what I did. Charlotte is a delightful heroine, and Archie a touching hero in this sweet story.



    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



    **Revell sent me a copy of this book for review purposes. I was recompensed for my review in no other way, and I was not obligated to give it a high rating or post positively. All opinions expressed are my own.**

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  • Posted January 23, 2013

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    Olivia Newport in her new book, "The Dilemma of Charlotte F

    Olivia Newport in her new book, "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" Book Two in the Avenue of Dreams series published by Revell gives us a romance set in 1893 Chicago.

    From the Back Cover: The whole world is coming to Chicago. Charlotte's whole world is coming down around her.

    While the rest of Chicago focuses on the enormous spectacle of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, Charlotte Farrow's attentions are entirely on one small boy-her boy-whom she has kept a secret from her wealthy employers for nearly a year.

    When the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him to the opulent Banning home, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life's struggles determine her path?

    This compelling story of courage, strength, and tender romance captures the tension between the glittering wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable.

    History comes alive as Ms. Newport opens up the world of 1893 Chicago. Charlotte Farrow works for Lucy Banning, from the first book in this series, and she has a number of secrets from her past, primary of which is an infant son who is suddenly returned to her. Now, as her past is threatening to expose her Charlotte is struggling to keep her child. "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" is a story of secrets and a past that has not been fully dealt with and how God has to deal with it to bring about healing and moving forward all set against the backdrop of the World's Fair in Chicago. Ms. Newport has an amazing way with her characters as she breathes life into them. We get so caught up with the them and their stories that we want there to be more even as we see the book coming to an end. "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" is even better than the first book. I recommend it highly and I am looking forward to Ms. Newport's next book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    After Charlotte escaped a bad marriage and an even worse husband

    After Charlotte escaped a bad marriage and an even worse husband, she found employment with the Banning family in Chicago. Her employer and confidante, Lucy, helped her find a place to keep her infant son and kept her secret from the rest of the household. But while Lucy is in Paris on her honeymoon, her son is abruptly returned to her. Charlotte knows that if she can wait until Lucy returns, the problem will be solved. She struggles to keep the infant near her while trying to keep his identity secret. But just when she thinks she may have everything under near-control, a man returns from her past. He has the power to ruin Charlotte's young life.


    On rare occasions, the sequel is better. This is one of those rare occasions. I read and reviewed The Pursuit of Lucy Banning last year, and liked it (4 stars). Somehow, this novel surpasses the first one. Ms. Newport continues to paint a vivid picture of 1893 Chicago and the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition; she knows her subject well. But her understanding and depiction of servants of that time sets this work apart. Women of Charlotte's social class did not have many rights or prospects at that time, and the discovery of an infant would have diminished even those. The author has created such a realistic portrayal of the household that the reader will feel as if they know the characters. Of course, being a fan of the BBC's Downton Abbey, I could not help but project their faces and voices onto some of Ms. Newport's characters. In my head, Mr. Penard sounded like Carson, Sarah looked and sounded like Daisy, and Archie bears a striking resemblance to Tom Branson, Lord Grantham's chauffeur and son-in-law. I share this not to change the subject, but to support my recommendation of this novel for Downton Abbey fans.


    Recommended for mature adolescents and up, along with the aforementioned Downton Abbey fans.


    5 stars


    “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Baker Publishing Group book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

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    This book started with The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, when Charlot

    This book started with The Pursuit of Lucy Banning, when Charlotte Farrow arrived in Chicago with her infant son. With the help of Lucy, who found a woman to care for "Henry", she was able to go into Service at the Mansion.
    This book opens with the woman who was caring for Henry, literally dropping him off, as she had to leave home. Now Charlotte has a big dilemma, she is not allowed to be married or have a child and keep her job. Lucy would have helped her, but she is in Paris on her honeymoon.
    To top all things the evil man who is her husband has discovered her, and she is worried about the safety of her baby.
    Staying with the family at the mansion is a relative of the family, there for a visit to find a husband, who takes a real shine to the baby. Will Charlotte tell who the baby is or do as Moses mother did years ago to save him?
    There is also a sweet love story here, but will Charlotte be able to open her heart, or will her husband find her? Travel along with Charlotte as we visit 1890's Chicago, and the closing days of World's Columbia Exposition. Delightful, and a real page turning fast read.

    I received this book through the Publisher Revell and their Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

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    Posted September 12, 2013

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