In a world where everyone is putting on a show, there is a love that is genuine.
Sarah Cummings has one goal in life--to break into Chicago's high society. Desperate to stop serving dinner to members of the wealthy Banning family and to start eating at society tables, Sarah spends her meager free time altering cast-off gowns to create the perfect wardrobe for her future life.
When opportunity knocks at a chance meeting, she presents herself as Serena Cuthbert, weaving a fictitious past to go with her fictitious name. But as she gets closer to her goal--and closer to Simon Tewell, director of St. Andrew's Orphanage--Sarah finds that she must choose between the life she has and the life she dreams of.
Can she piece together the perfect life from scraps? Or will it all come unraveled in the face of true love?
My take on this book:
I love historical fiction, and when the author weaves historical fact into the fiction well it makes me feel like I am getting a bit of a history lesson to boot. With "The Invention of Sarah Cummings" it was the history of Chicago during the 1890's. Sarah Cummings life really hadn't been easy. She was orphaned as a child and as a teen was thrust into the world of being a maid to the Banning family, thing is she is an outstanding seamstress and longs to be a part of society where she can live the life of ease,in other words she wants to be rich, but how far will she go to accomplish her goal?
I really loved the historical aspects of this story, and since it is the third book in the 3rd book in the Avenue of Dreams series I enjoyed reconnecting with some of the old characters, thing is I really wasn't to crazy about the main character of Sarah. I just couldn't connect with her. That said though the rich historical detail kept me reading. As I said this is the third book in a series but I really think the author provides enough background information that it could be read as a stand alone work. Overall, this was just a book like for me, but I would recommend if you're fan of historical fiction giving not only this book, but the series a try.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.