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A Proper Pursuit I ve lost count of how many times I ve read this book, but enjoy it just as much every single time It cracks me up too I LOVED this book I loved that through Violet s grandmother and three aunts, we saw very different aspects of Chicago, the Word s Fair, and women s roles in 1893 Readers are swept into the suggragette movement, the gilded fancy pants world complete with the benefits and pitfalls of wealth and into the charity work in Jane Addams settlement house and the rallies of D.L Moody Violet s way of looking at and interacting with the world is so unique This book had me laughing out loud in severa I LOVED this book I loved that through Violet s grandmother and three aunts, we saw very different aspects of Chicago, the Word s Fair, and women s roles in 1893 Readers are swept into the suggragette movement, the gilded fancy pants world complete with the benefits and pitfalls of wealth and into the charity work in Jane Addams settlement house and the rallies of D.L Moody Violet s way of looking at and interacting with the world is so unique This book had me laughing out loud in several places I listened to the Audible version and highly recommend it The voices were all done so well and added to the depth and hilarity I was entertained, educated, and moved by this book Worth another read First of all, ignore the deathly boring cover The cover features a little girl who looks like she belongs on the cover of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, while the book isn t about a child but Violet, who has just graduated finishing school and is out to find her role in life Whether that s marrying the stodgy Herman Beckett, intense Luis or Nelson, who clearly likes Violet and dislikes the pretenses of Chicago society The same as her But he isn t all he seems, and what if it s someone else that h First of all, ignore the deathly boring cover The cover features a little girl who looks like she belongs on the cover of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, while the book isn t about a child but Violet, who has just graduated finishing school and is out to find her role in life Whether that s marrying the stodgy Herman Beckett, intense Luis or Nelson, who clearly likes Violet and dislikes the pretenses of Chicago society The same as her But he isn t all he seems, and what if it s someone else that holds his heart, and not her Or she could follow her Aunt Matt and march for women s rights.Then there s Silas, fun loving, exciting and dangerous to be around, Silas He s completely wrong for Violet, at least that s what she tells herself.What I really liked Violet starts out rather immature but, as the story progressed she started to grow up I adored her Aunt Birdie, and felt so sorry for her when other people where thoughtless Violet s Aunt Matt was interesting, she definitely didn t fit a mold And her Grandmother well I didn t dislike her or love her The Hero on the other hand, was completely likable, he was just right for Violet, together they will have all the excitement they need.Dislikes Luis Was Tiresome I wanted to stopper his mouth on several occasions And he liked to preach at Violet or anyone who would listen I skipped several pages of him droning on and on Other than that, it was fabulous You should be warned that though Violet gets her happy ever after some do not At least, I don t feel that they did Mild PGThere is mention of wife beating, burlesque shows and that sort of thing Distraught over her father s impending marriage and recently informed that her mother is alive, Violet travels to Chicago She is presumably there to attend the Chicago World s Fair and find a husband, but really plans to search for her mother Violet is introduced to several worlds in Chicago Her grandmother works with the church and gives help to the poor Her Aunt Matt is a suffragette, marching for rights for women Another Aunt introduces her to Chicago s high society, and her Aunt Bertie Distraught over her father s impending marriage and recently informed that her mother is alive, Violet travels to Chicago She is presumably there to attend the Chicago World s Fair and find a husband, but really plans to search for her mother Violet is introduced to several worlds in Chicago Her grandmother works with the church and gives help to the poor Her Aunt Matt is a suffragette, marching for rights for women Another Aunt introduces her to Chicago s high society, and her Aunt Bertie is lost in grief over her husband who died in the Civil War As Violet searches for her mother, she finds herself having to choose between marrying for money, for love, for service, or not marrying at all, as each side is presented to her by her Grandmother and Aunts I am a huge fan of Lynn Austin s writing She transports you back to historical events in time and you feel as if you are there We learn about the Chicago Worlds Fair, the Chicago Great Fire, and the Women s Rights Movement as we follow Violet on her journey If you love history, romance, and strong, independent women, you will love this book Public library copy It took me a few pages to get into this book The point of view character was so immature at the beginning, and shallow, as were most of the characters But I stuck with it because this is one of my favorite authors, and she does not disappoint I have to admit to reading a couple of reviews when I was about halfway just to know it would be worth reading, which it was.Lots of history in this long book, mainly the Great Chicago Fire and the Columbian Exposition in Chicago Public library copy It took me a few pages to get into this book The point of view character was so immature at the beginning, and shallow, as were most of the characters But I stuck with it because this is one of my favorite authors, and she does not disappoint I have to admit to reading a couple of reviews when I was about halfway just to know it would be worth reading, which it was.Lots of history in this long book, mainly the Great Chicago Fire and the Columbian Exposition in Chicago D.L Moody and the Moody Church and school are in this book as well, as incidentals But the historical events and people and places are not the bulk of the story I love the way the author uses them as the backdrop to her story Makes the reader feel that every person s story is worth telling, and reading.What makes this book great is its characters and the progression of the growth mainly in the point of view character, and the relationships between multiple characters, even down to how they greet one another at the door Mannerisms and emotions and physical characteristics all stand out in many characters, endearing them to the reader, or not My favorite character is Aunt Birdie, who most people don t pay much attention to no spoilers.Phenomenal growth in the point of view character, distinctly shown in her pointed decisions to do what she would not have done even weeks or days before Plenty of opportunity for the reader to cheer her on As to solving the mystery, she was not so quick The author gives it to the reader before the character herself has it explained to her, because she never did figure it out Clever use of the title, A Proper Pursuit.I recommend this book to all readers, especially young people of both genders, including teens, as the point of view character is twenty Lots to ponder Enjoy It s not a quick read, but worthwhile, and I warrant it will stay with the reader I know it s cliche, but I have a HUGE wish list of books and only so much time and money This is one that had been on the list for a while and I m a little ashamed to say that I didn t put as much emphasis on it because the cover just didn t grab me Let me tell you something what s inside is one of the most entertaining stories I ve read in a long time I instantly added Lynn Austin as a favorite author after finishing this book.Violet is such an incredible character She experiences so mu I know it s cliche, but I have a HUGE wish list of books and only so much time and money This is one that had been on the list for a while and I m a little ashamed to say that I didn t put as much emphasis on it because the cover just didn t grab me Let me tell you something what s inside is one of the most entertaining stories I ve read in a long time I instantly added Lynn Austin as a favorite author after finishing this book.Violet is such an incredible character She experiences so much through the course of this novel She sees things she never dreamed of, meets interesting people, has to learn some harsh truths as well as some beautiful ones, solves some mysteries, gets several marriage proposals, sees life from varying perspectives, and has her very first kiss I laughed so hard while reading this book that I cried I could picture everything in my mind so clearly from the Liberty Bell made from oranges, to the frilly dresses at the parties and even the shocked looks on the faces of people when bloomers for women were suggested as an option The descriptions made you feel like you were part of it I can still remember exactly how Violet described Silas when she first saw him.Speaking of Silas, that was another great thing about the book Violet wasn t the only interesting character Silas kept you guessing about what kind of person he really was and what he wanted, each of her aunts had their own strengths and personalities that made the book fun interesting, her grandmother was yet another holder of mysteries and the one who led her to the seedier side of town to do charity work, Nelson isthan just another rich bachelor who plays the game, and I could keep going The story was well written, it had elements of mystery, a lot of wit and funny dialogue, romance This was a great story If you haven t had a chance to read it yet, I hope you add it to your list o This was a fun book The main character, Violet, is quirky and full of imagination At first, she was a little annoying because I found her to be a bit naive However, as I read the novel, I realized that much of the point of her story is the process of growing up.Austin portrayed the historical aspect of the novel well I love reading novels about the Women s Rights movement and women s suffrage, and this one delivered Violet even wears gasp bloomers I loved the list of mysteries that Violet This was a fun book The main character, Violet, is quirky and full of imagination At first, she was a little annoying because I found her to be a bit naive However, as I read the novel, I realized that much of the point of her story is the process of growing up.Austin portrayed the historical aspect of the novel well I love reading novels about the Women s Rights movement and women s suffrage, and this one delivered Violet even wears gasp bloomers I loved the list of mysteries that Violet feels that she must solve, and the hilarious aspect of her spinster grandmother and aunts all trying to fix her up with who they think is most suitable for her There were a few times that I actually laughed out loud I also loved how she came to trust in God by the novel s end and how the Christian aspects of the novel were never on the nose or preachy.Overall, A Proper Pursuit was a sweet, light tale Recommended, especially if you like history around the time of the Women s Rights Movement and spunky, sleuthing heroines The World s FairChicago, It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience a little mystery, a little romanceTo be honest, it is than a little mystery She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered As for romancewell, 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 herIn 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 have read this a million times.SILAS This was a lovely novel and I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and humor.Violet s search for her mother provided a bit of mystery to the novel The biggest strength of the story however is the character growth that Violet developed under the guidance of her four aunts Each of them focused on a different criteria for what is important in life.A Proper Pursuit is highly recommended for fans of Jen Turano.

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