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It happened at the fair : a novel / Deeanne Gist.

By: Gist, Deeanne [author.].
Publisher: New York : Howard Books, c2013Edition: 1st Howard Books trade pbk. ed.Description: viii, 404 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781451692372 (pbk.) :.Subject(s): World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) -- Fiction | Inventors -- Fiction | Teachers of the deaf -- Fiction | Love stories | Christian fiction | Historical romances | Chicago (Ill.) -- History -- 19th century -- FictionGenre/Form: Historical fiction.Summary: "Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair's Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?"--From publisher description.
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Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cayden McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.<br> <br> The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cayden has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground or will he be carried away?

Includes reading group guide after the story.

"Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the fair's Machinery Hall makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips. Like the newly invented Ferris wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor, and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor. Can he keep his feet on the ground, or will he be carried away?"--From publisher description.

Patron comment on 09/12/2014

Another most enjoyable book from this American author. Set again in the Chicago World Fair of 1893, our hero is a young inventor with the handicap of being hard of hearing. In order to be able to talk to people who may be interested in buying his new, automatic, fire safety water sprinkler he persuades a young, female teacher of deaf children to help him learn to lip read. The story follows the development of their relationship and that of his efforts to sell his invention. Despite difficulties with such things as 'a girl back home' and sabotage of his demonstrations, all is satisfactorily resolved in the end. Told with a lovely touch of humour, good characterisation and a real feel for the place and the time I highly recommend this book.

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