It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist: A Review + Giveaway Details

It Happened at the Fair
by Deeanne Gist
Copyright 2013
Howard Books
ISBN: 9781451692372
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?

My Thoughts:
What can I say other than I love Deeanne Gist, one of the original edgy inspirational romance writers. It Happened at the Fair has everything I love in a book and so much more! The feels, all the feels, just about sums this book up! Usually Dee's books are all about fun and romance but THIS book was actually a bit of an "edge-of-your-seat" story. One scene in this book had me absolutely riveted and more teary-eyed than I think I've ever been when reading Christian romance. Grab the tissues! There's a tear in my eye just thinking about it. You can't say I didn't warn you about all of the "feels"! This book runs the emotional gambit from tears to cheers all in a matter of a few chapters. The chemistry between Cullen, a unique and charming hero, and Della, the cautious teacher, is incredible. The setting is just what I expected with all the doodads and 19th century technology that came with the Chicago World's Fair. I loved every bit of this book and, as always, I can't wait for more from Deeanne Gist!

To read what others are saying the book, go HERE.

To get your own copy of the book, go HERE.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from the publisher. 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.*

~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~

Meet Deeanne:
Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very fun, very original historicals. She has received numerous RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, and rave reviews. Deeanne has a background in education and journalism and a degree from Texas A&M. She has written for "People," "Parents," and "Parenting." She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and has four grown children. She has a very active online community on her website at


Giveaway Details!

Deeanne Gist is celebrating the release of It Happened at the Fair with an iPad Mini Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!

  One "fair" winner will receive:
  • An iPad Mini
  • A $25 iTunes gift card
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 21st. Winner will be announced at the "It Happened at the Fair" Live Webcast Event on May 22nd. Connect with Deeanne for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Deeanne will also be taking questions from the audience and giving away books and fun gift certificates throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of It Happened at the Fair and join Deeanne and friends on the evening of May 22nd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 22nd!

Happy Reading!


  1. Another great review! Happy you liked it, Renee. All the historical backing was very impressive and well written to the page. As a result of this, it seems like the character's suffered though only mildly. Sure have underestimated Deeanne's writing. :)

    1. She's one of my faves! I've been a fan of her's since A Bride Most Begrudging. :-) I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

      Renee C.

  2. *adds to TBR pile* Your review has sold me! :-)

  3. 'all the feels' i love it!! sounds like i'm in for a bumpy ride!!

    1. Definitely a bit of a bumpy ride, I loved it!

      Renee C.

  4. Oh I can't wait for this one! Deeanne's books are some of my faves. Great review, Renee.

    1. Thanks, Sara!!! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did!

      Renee C


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