It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist | iPad Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Live Webcast Event

Welcome to the campaign launch of Deeanne Gist’s It Happened at the FairThe 1893 Chicago World’s Fair overflowed with the latest innovations welcomed by a throng of people from all around the globe. This setting replete with history, intrigue, and wonder is the backdrop for beloved author Deeanne Gist’s latest release, It Happened at the Fair.

Deeanne is celebrating with an iPad Giveaway and a Live Author Chat Webcast event {5/22}!

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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!

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{More about It Happened at the Fair}

A transporting historical novel about a promising young inventor, his struggle with loss, and the attractive teacher who changes his life, all set against the razzle-dazzle of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

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 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.

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?

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Deeanne Gist

{More About Deeanne Gist}

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 IWantHerBook.com.

Find out more about Deeanne at http://www.deeannegist.com.
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BEST-SELLING AUTHOR DEEANNE GIST BRINGS CHICAGO’S 1893 WORLD FAIR TO LIFE IN HISTORICAL NOVEL, IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

“Gist takes intriguing historical facts and creates a world of fascinating characters, lighthearted moments and timeless crises that we can still relate to today.” –Romantic Times Top Pick (A Bride in the Bargain)

“Gist’s historicals have increasingly gained popularity, combining witty dialog, well-balanced plots, and fully developed characters who seem almost real.” –Library Journal

NASHVILLE: — The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair overflowed with the latest innovations welcomed by a throng of people from all around the globe. This setting replete with history, intrigue and wonder is the backdrop for beloved author Deeanne Gist’s latest release, It Happened at the Fair.

“I’m always drawn to events in our country’s past that are strangely absent from our history classes. Why the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition has been left out, I don’t know, especially since it was such a pivotal event for us,” explains Gist. “We were able to wow the world with our scientific innovations; and it gave women their first official board position recognized and approved by an Act of Congress (all before we had the right to vote). But it was technology which claimed the day as it nipped at the heels of horses, buggies, and man-powered tools.”

With every book topping bestseller charts since her acclaimed debut A Bride Most Begrudging, Deeanne Gist has sold over a half million copies, earning rave reviews and numerous awards, including back-to-back Christy Awards, four RITA nominations, National Readers Choice, and Book Buyers Best. With her trademark humor and rich historical detail, It Happened at the Fair is sure to delight her beloved fans as well as garner new ones.

Gambling everything, including the family farm, young inventor Cullen McNamara is determined to make his family proud—and earn his father’s entry money to the Fair Expo back—by selling his design for an automatic sprinkler system inspired by his mother’s death in a mill fire. Struggling with hearing loss from his previous life on the farm, McNamara finds it difficult to communicate with potential buyers over the din in the Fair’s Machinery Building. In an act of desperation, he hires attractive Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip- reading.

Much like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, Cullen 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?

Gist’s unique blend of romance and historical fiction brings the past alive for her readers through her extensive period research. Readers will find themselves not only caught up with the exciting backdrop of the fair, but the blossoming love story between Cullen and Della. They will also encounter President Grover Cleveland, Alexander Graham Bell, Helen Keller, and Ann Sullivan, actually attendees of the legendary fair.

Both the paperback edition of the book as well as the e-book include actual photographs taken at the fair between each chapter. The photographs in the paperback are different from the e-book, so whichever version readers purchase, they will have exclusive content. However, Gist’s fans won’t have to wait until April 30 to get their first look at the fair. Tempest in the White City, a 40-page short story available in a digital format, will be available for 99 cents from online retailers on March 19.

Gist will be hosting a webcast event on May 22, 2013 at 8:00 PM EST, where she will be discussing more of the story behind It Happened at the Fair and answering reader questions. During the course of the evening, a number of prizes will be given away to those participating in the discussion. More details will be available soon on the author’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/deesfriends, where the webcast will be hosted.

Readers can keep up with Deeanne Gist at her website IWantHerBook.com, as well as on Facebook (DeesFriends) and Twitter (@DeeanneGist).

About the Author:

Deeanne Gist—known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee—has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captivated readers everywhere with her original historical and contemporary novels. A favorite among readers and reviewers alike, her popular titles include A Bride Most Begrudging, A Bride in the Bargain, and Maid to Match. Her latest book, It Happened at the Fair (April 2013), is her ninth published novel.

A popular speaker, Gist’s presentations have been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and in other publications. The Wall Street Journal’s accompanying online video was the most watched video on the FrontPageWSJ.com website for several days following their feature.

Gist has a background in education and journalism. Her credits include People, Parents, Parenting, Family Fun, Houston Chronicle and Orlando Sentinel. She is also the creator of I Did It!®, a parenting  line of products. Gist lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of thirty years. The couple has four grown children.

Suggested Interview Questions:

~ What inspired you to write about the Chicago World’s Fair?

~ Since there’s not much taught about the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, was it difficult to research the fair? How were you able to find the photos that were included between each chapter of the book?

~ What were some of your favorite details to share with readers from your research of the fair?

~ Cullen was a farmer by trade and an inventor at heart. How is it that he came to invent a fire sprinkler system, of all things?

~ Della seemed to be ahead of the curve when it came to women’s rights. Did you intentionally write her character as more feminist?

~ What is your favorite thing about writing historical fiction?

~ Do you have a favorite time period to write about?

~ The story is set during the Edwardian Era, the same time frame in which the extremely popular TV series Downton Abbey takes place. Do you think there’s a particular reason this era is so popular right now?

~ In addition to It Happened at the Fair, you also wrote an e-short that took place at the expo. Tell us about Tempest in the White City and how readers can get a copy.

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IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

By Deeanne Gist

Howard Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster

April 30th, 2013 / 978-1451692372  / $14.99

Buzz

“Gist takes intriguing historical facts and creates a world of fascinating characters, lighthearted moments and timeless crises that we can still relate to today.” –Romantic Times Top Pick (A Bride in the Bargain)

“Gist’s historicals have increasingly gained popularity, combining witty dialog, well-balanced plots, and fully developed characters who seem almost real.” –Library Journal

Reviews

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    I enjoyed reading It Happened at the Fair, probably more for the history lesson than anything else!

    Written by All Grown Up? on May 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://pantylesspreacherswife.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/it-happened-at-the-fair/

  • LITFUSE PUBLICITY: IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST (REVIEW)

    I’ve only read one other of Deeanne’s book, A Bride in the Bargain, back in 2009 although I do have another one or two on my Kindle and now I’m eager to read those since I just finished It Happened at the Fair! I loved the story with the history of the Chicago World’s Fair – so much so I had to go and Google more about this fair and see more pictures from it. Cullen’s father surprises him with exhibitor tickets to go and see if he can make a name for himself selling his life saving device and Della is there as a teacher to deaf children (yes there was an exhibit where people could watch deaf children being taught!).

    Written by Growing For Christ on May 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://growingforchrist.wordpress.com/2013/05/21/litfuse-publicity-it-happened-at-the-fair-by-deeanne-gist-review/

  • YOU’VE NEVER HEARD THIS STORY (OF THE CHICAGO WORLD’S FAIR) / ON EXTERNAL SITES THE REVIEW IS SIMPLY TITLED “A FRESH VIEW”

    Deeanne captures the street-level feel of the fair from within. The authentic feel of this book showcases strong research, and the characters that come to life on its pages are intriguing.

    To use a cliche, I felt “swept-along” as I turned each page. I was never tempted to put the book down. It was a very satisfying read, and it left me wishing that I really could go back and experience the Chicago World’s Fair for myself.

    Written by Read Great Fiction on May 21, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2R97JA40OOF9L/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    History lovers will delight in this Christian romance that introduces the reader to famous people such as Grover Cleveland and Helen Keller. Such an interesting twist combining factual and fictional characters! It’s clear that Deeanne Gist has thoroughly done her historical research- impressive! I found the pictures of the Chicago World’s Fair showcased at the beginning of each chapter to be an interesting touch.

    Written by Morning Glories and Moonflowers on May 20, 2013 | e

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEANNE GIST

    I love it when I open up a book and I’m suddenly transported back in time to a place or event that I have often wished I could have been at in person. Deeanne Gist is so good at doing that with her descriptive words, depth in characters, and fun settings. The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair was such a fun backdrop for this historical romance novel. I could smell, see, and feel the Fair around me each time I buried my head into the book. I love it when I learn from pieces of fiction and I certainly walked away from this one having learned a lot about the 1893 World’s Fair!

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on May 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://theunsells.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deanne-gist.html

  • IT’S A FAIR LIFE

    Well I am going back in time to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It sounds like it was breath taking. They called it the White City. Nothing could match the city that sprouted up for this event. This is the setting for a young man who had the foresight to see how to make things work. When he experienced a life shattering fire, he thought up how to make a sprinkler system to help slow down a fire. When he could not get others to hear him for the roaring crowds he learned how to lip read. Where ever he saw an obstruction he looked on how to build a bridge over it. So when Della became elusive Cullen set about figuring her out too.

    Written by Crazed Mind on May 18, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/618708173

  • If you liked The Pursuit of Lucy Banning or The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, by Olivia Newport, you will love It Happened At The Fair, by Deeanne Gist. It was so good, I read it twice! All three novels are set in Chicago during the time of the World’s Columbian Exposition. Where Olivia Newport’s novels only touch on the fair, Deeanne Gist’s novel has the reader immersed in the fair. Deeanne is so wonderfully descriptive. Reading of the wondrous exhibits and marvelous achievements made me feel like a proud American….and I’m Canadian!!

    Written by Faithful Books on May 18, 2013 | e

  • WONDERFULLY RESEARCHED!

    The fair itself was a wonderfully exciting time in history and Deeanne Gist has masterfully woven a charming story into her detailed research of life in Chicago in 1893. Gist has a background in journalism and it shows in this book. What Gist also has is a great sense of humor! I literally laughed out loud at times and loved that Gist made her characters seem more “real” because of the humor injected into the book.

    Written by Lavish Bookshelf on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.lavishbookshelf.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deeanne-gist.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEANNE GIST

    It’s 1893 and the Chicago World’s Fair has arrived with all it’s pomp and circumstance. Bringing inventor’s from all over the country. He has God-given talent for mechanics which is how he ends up at the world fair. He has created a sprinkler system that will go off in a fire, saving lives. While at the fair he realizes that with all the loud noise he is unable to hear, so he hires Della, who teaches the impaired children, to help him read lips. In true Deanne style we see the struggle that Cullen is going to have, between Della and his girl, Wanda, back home. It doesn’t seem that six months is long enough for this fair or for Cullen.

    Written by Radiant Light on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://frommipov.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deanne-gist.html

  • A TRIP TO THE CHICAGO’S WORLD FAIR

    What do the 1893 Chicago’s World Fair and Deeanne Gist have in common, they make for an amazing great read.
    First we have a North Carolina Cotton farmer, highly allergic to all parts of the seed and plants, and a Pennsylvania young Woman who teaches lip reading to children. What could they possibly have in common?
    Fate and God have put these two young people together, first he saves Della’s life. Then he has a hearing problem, getting worse, from where is exhibit is put. He desperately needs help, and lip reading could be the answer!
    I loved the pictures of the actual buildings that are included in this book, even in my kindle edition. While we are reading the story, you can see where each event is happening. I wish the story would last for a bit longer!

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on May 17, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R17RMTD6BVC4SE/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • A HISTORICAL ROMANCE STORY YOU CAN’T RESIST

    Being a huge history fan, I love how Deeann took the time to research the exhibits and the issues that happened at the Chicago World’s Fair as her back drop for her novel. The pictures that accompany the story make it that much more believable and add to the ambiance of the characters of Cullen McNamara and Della Wentworth, the deaf teacher whom Cullen hires. This is a must read for anyone who truly appreciates the history and industrial age of America at a time when so many exciting things were being invented. I love the way the Deeann removes parts of words to show how difficult it was for Cullen to understand what people were saying in order to appreciate his challenge in communication with people and how he had to simply fill in the blanks based on the context of the conversation.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on May 16, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3JRMP02F1Z23

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    Deeanne Gist’s It Happened at the Fair (Howard Books, 2013) is a remarkable book. Gist has clearly done exhaustive research on the Chicago World’s Fair, and it pays off in an entertaining read that really immerses the reader in its unique setting.

    Written by The Zen of Motherhood on May 16, 2013 | e

  • GREAT HISTORICAL FICTION!

    I don’t read many historical fiction novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

    This novel included so much fun information about the 1893 World’s Fair – the descriptions were incredible and easy to imagine. If you like historical fiction, I highly recommend “It Happened at the Fair!”

    Written by Our Frugal Happy Life on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1YNNM34OW5QIL

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    Ultimately, I loved this book. Yes, the beginning was a bit slow and the end a bit fast, but overall, the hours I spent reading It Happened at the Fair were very enjoyable ones, and I definitely recommend this book!

    Written by Christian Chick’s Thoughts on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R15ZCK5AZNNM9D/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • ENJOYABLE HISTORICAL FICTION

    I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this story and the pictures the author included. The emotional bonding that took place between characters over various incidents that occurred at the fair was well done. I appreciated the insight the author had into a number of issues. Cullen, was very likable, but also quite manly. The description of his physique was quite hot, actually. I enjoyed how the author used the need for him to learn how to lip read as a way to meet the woman he became attracted to and make it difficult for him to learn from her by putting them in a number of private situations. That was great when it came to developing tension between them. The heroine, Della, was a sweetheart as well. The way her feelings slowly developed for the hero was touching. Great story overall.

    Written by Healing Hearts book review blog on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://edgyinspirationalauthor.blogspot.com/2013/05/litfulse-publicity-blog-tour-stop-for.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    Who could guess you could learn so much history from a work of fiction?!?
    Buckle your seatbelts everybody! We’re going back in time to the1893 CHICAGO WORLDS FAIR!!!
    Take in all the sights, sounds & smells!
    Main characters Della & Cullen never dreamed their worlds would collide that magical day at the fair & I never dreamed I would swept off my feet by Deeanne Gist’s latest novel!!!
    Beautifully written, rich in history IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR is a wonderful romance!!!
    Black & white photos with captions are a nice touch!!!

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A3QLJJYNLZHFE7/ref=cm_cr_pr_auth_rev?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

  • “IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR” BY DEEANNE GIST

    This book is so well-researched readers will feel as though they’re at the Fair themselves. The characters take you from building to building, and Gist’s descriptions jump off the page. For a history buff like myself, this is an incredible book to read. Even though the inventions are everyday life for us now, I felt like I was discovering it all for the first time along with the characters.

    Written by Faith Filled Reading on May 15, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://faithfilledreading.blogspot.ca/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deeanne-gist.html

  • A GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY

    I loved the history wound into this book. I visited the World’s Fair in ’86, but being only 6 years old I don’t think I fully understood the meaning behind it. Deeanne Gist has done her research and provides glimpses of the grounds, the buildings, and the feelings of fair-goers from rural America who had never seen things like this before.

    The book is long, but it gives you a chance to really appreciate things from both Cullen and Della’s perspective. Sign language was frowned upon at the time, with the thinking being that it would set apart those who used it. Cullen faces some major discrimination because he is losing his hearing. Della believes that using sign language is a hindrance to the deaf, this she teaches lip reading, but even her beliefs are challenged by her experiences.

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.welcometomarriedlife.com/2013/05/book-it-happened-at-fair.html

  • LOVED IT!

    What a wonderfully well written book, with beautiful pictures from the Chicago World’s Fair included, so that I could picture what the fair might have been like.

    I loved how much of a true gentleman Cullen was, and how understanding his father was of Cullen’s dream. Both Della and Cullen were well developed, with an intriguing depth to them. Both Della and Cullen were exceptionally likable and intelligent, making a strides towards progress in their fields.

    A lush setting that was almost like a character in itself, with meticulous detail, that showed how much research was put into this story.

    Written by Labor Not in Vain on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://labornotinvain.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deeanne-gist.html

  • SO INTERESTING!

    You can tell Deeanne really did her research for this book and I loved learning about all the displays, buildings and sights to see at the Fair plus how deaf were treated!

    This book brought me to tears, made me smile and laugh, and made me want to research even more about the Chicago World’s Fair and sign language and how people treated the deaf in the early 1900′s. That is a sign of a GREAT Book!!!

    Written by The Review Stew on May 14, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.thereviewstew.com/2013/05/book-review-it-happened-at-fair.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    It Happened at the Fair is a fascinating historical romance and Deeanne Gist does a wonderful job incorporating fact with fiction. I appreciated the pictures from the actual event that were included at the beginning of most chapters. These pictures really show the reader the magnitude of the fair and how great the challenges were during that time period.

    This story will put you through a cycle of emotions from forgiveness, to grief and deception throughout it. It Happened at the Fair was a wonderful read.

    Written by Jen’s Journey on May 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://jennifersikora.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-the-fair/

  • IT HAPPANED AT THE FAIR

    For anyone who has ever wished they had been around to experience the wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, DeAnne Gist’s newest novel “It Happened at the Fair” offers a fictional account through the experiences of inventor Cullen McNamara and teacher Della Wentworth who each spent six months working in exhibits there. Well researched descriptions of the grounds and events are accompanied by actual photos and drawings from the fair. Although the story itself is fictional, it is filled with historical facts.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on May 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R38X4KAMTR96ZK/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • DEEANNE GIST’S “IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR” IPAD GIVEAWAY AND LIVE WEBCAST EVENT {5/22}!

    An enjoyable book with a lot of history in it! Excellent romantic story as well:) Take an exciting trip to the Chicago World’s Fair and get caught up in the story between Cullen and his tutor. Loved their first time meet!

    Written by Giveaway Lady on May 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com/2013/05/deeanne-gists-it-happened-at-fair-ipad.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    This book was so interesting. The details about the World’s Fair were amazingly written. I could picture it clearly in my mind. I loved that there were also pictures of the fair to help create the scene in my imagination.

    I loved both main characters, Della and Cullen. Some of their antics and quirks were hilarious.

    I was glad to read as they overcame the obstacles between them and made their way to each other.

    Another great book by Ms. Gist!

    Written by Colletta’s Kitchen Sink on May 13, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/586790615

  • LOVE THIS TRIP BACK IN TIME

    DeeAnne Gist is one of my favorite historical fiction authors. Her books combine a great sense of historical time and place with a strong spiritual thread that simmers beneath the surface, right past the strong attraction between the hero and heroine. Add in some spunk and sass, and you’ll know why her books fly to the top of my reading pile.

    It Happened at the Fair transported me to the Chicago World’s Fair. The historical research is impeccable. All you have to do is read the author’s note at the end to know the level of dedication the author has to get the history right — or strong reasons for playing with the details. The hero is someone I’d want my daughters to meet. And he has a problem only the heroine can help him overcome. So starts a wonderful read that will pull you into a fas

    Written by Cara Putman on May 12, 2013 | e

  • This book had some really fascinating things in it. For one, it’s clear the author did tons of research, and she has a very thorough listing of what was accurate and where she took liberties. This is definitely represented in the book. You get a real feel for what it was like at the World’s Fair. It must have been absolutely amazing. I felt like I was there with Cullen and Della exploring the various wonders of the Fair.

    Written by A Casual Reader’s Blog on May 12, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://ellsey.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-blog-tour.html

  • Deeanne Gist takes readers on a sensorial tour of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and all of its many wonders. No building was left unexplored or corridor investigated. Such a rich landscape requires characters that are complex and equally intriguing, and on this Deeanne does not disappoint. Cullen and Della are delightfully entertaining with their quirky idiosyncrasies and earnest attempts to resist the mounting attraction between them, compounded by their reactions to situational dilemmas during their excursions around the fair. Layered in to the adventure is a story of profound lose and sacrifice that is tantalizingly disclosed as each chapter is probed and perused. ith a unique storyline and thrilling setting, It Happened at the Fair is another hard earned plume in Mrs Gist’s hat.

    Written by The Overweight Bookshelf on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/613257286

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    This was a really fun and enjoyable story read! I loved all of the information and pictures included about the first World’s Fair in Chicago. Even though It Happened At The Fair is fiction, and some of the circumstances were changed or altered a little, I was still in awe of the story. And Cullen has a special dad to support him so much in his sprinkler system invention. Cullen had every reason to give up and quit, but he was determined, and after he met Della, he had her determination and support as well.

    Written by Joy Hannabass on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/it-happened-at-the-fair-by-deeanne-gist/

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    I really enjoyed this book. Deeanne Gist really did her research about the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, from her descriptions, I thought I was there. The story was also wonderful. Cullen’s father sent him to the fair to exhibit his automatic sprinkler system. Cullen has a hard time hearing, so a potential customer suggests that he hire the services of one of the lip-reading teachers. Little does he realize that the lady he saved on the first day would end up being his teacher. Will they pursue a relationship other than that of teacher and student, and what will happen between Cullen and his “fiancé” back home. This was a very well written book as are all of Deaanne’s books. I highly recommend it.

    Written by Melina’s Book Blog on May 11, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/It-Happened-Fair-Deeanne-Gist/product-reviews/1451692374/ref=cm_cr_dp_synop?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending#R1PIM95UUIXQJN

  • GREAT HISTORICAL ROMANCE!

    This book combines a sweet love story in the backdrop of an amazing historical event. I absolutely loved the characters in this book, the setting and the story. Combined with the incredible World’s Fair, the buildings, the people, the exhibits and the prejudices of that time concerning deaf people, this book is a hidden gem of pure historical romance. I fell in love with Cullen and Della and their interactions. They began to see things in each other that only lovers do. And I was thrilled to read all the great descriptions of the fair.

    Written by The Knowlton Nest on May 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RQFM2SDZ3XX15/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • WONDERFULLY ENTERTAINING ROMANCE

    Gist is a masterful storyteller who blends historical fact with the true-to-life characters created by her imagination. Her plotlines are interesting and her conflict doesn’t feel contrived or forced just to make her tale more emotionally engaging. The drawings and photos in this book really add credibility to the story and made me hungry to know more about the World’s Fair. The dialogue of the less educated characters was a bit frustrating at the beginning, until I realized that it wasn’t about less educated characters, but rather an illustration of Mr. McNamara’s hearing issues – BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN. I was also sparked in the first chapter to consider the question, “what am I destined to do?” This has modified my prayer life and encouraged me to examine what I am investing my time in.

    Written by Stacey Dale on May 10, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2YW9U6GGN1MKI/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST BOOK REVIEW

    I love the details about the Chicago World’s Fair that the author sprinkles generously throughout the book. It gives a real insight into the hustle and bustle excitement that visitors must have felt when visiting the fair. I intend to finish reading this novel, because I am totally enthralled with the characters and want to see where their relationship goes. Plus, I want to know if Cullen ever sells his invention.

    Written by Frugal Experiments on May 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.frugalexperiments.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-the-fair-by-deeanne-gist-book-review-and-giveaway.html

  • DEANNE’S VIVAVIOUS DESCRIPTION OF A SWEET ROMANCE AMIDST THE 1893’S WORLD FAIR WAS THE PERFECT ENTICEMENT FOR SOME ‘ME’ TIME.,

    Most readers will agree, some books just stand out and this one is definitively ranking in the top ten of my list of most entertaining. A keeper and one I would suggest to anyone looking for a gift!
    Deanne’s vivavious description of a sweet romance amidst the 1893′s World Fair was the perfect enticement for some ‘me’ time. I was totally immersed in her descriptive of this period and credit the story of Della and Cullen with a few dreams of my own. Well done!

    A perfect combination of historical facts and fiction, It Happened At The Fair reflects the wealth of love and care this author puts in her writing. It also brings to readers a marvelous fountain of information and even photos of this world event!

    Written by (Live and) Dream a little dream on May 9, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1SKNGVWC93884/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1451692374&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • A FRONT ROW SEAT

    The love story was sweet; but I loved the historical details of this well-researched book. Not only is it an interesting account of the Chicago World’s Fair; but the author also touches on fire fighting and prevention during this time period. When a fire breaks out at the fair; it becomes obvious that firemen are tragically handicapped. I checked on dates and found the Great Chicago Fire had broken out in 1871, just 22 years earlier. Fire fighting and prevention were a big deal in this city.

    This story is good and there is much to enjoy. For me, after completing the book, I felt like I had visited the Chicago World’s Fair. Rather than presenting boring historical details, Gist brings you right into the setting. I found this fascinating.

    Written by Manifest Blog on May 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RQORUZ37C00LC

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    Having enjoyed the seven novels of Deeanne Gist’s that I’ve read and after really liking the ebook novella prequel to this book I was pretty excited to read It Happened at the Fair.
    That being said, it didn’t disappoint and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the plot idea and it was well executed and well written. One thing that bothered me was that at times there were words that were written like, “hrdly” with no explanation as to why they were like that. But after a little while I figured out that it was how Cullen was hearing those words that were spoken to him since he was starting to lose his hearing, and it became a bit of a game for me to figure out what the words were. I really liked the inside look we go into the fair and loved all the facts and pictures the author included!

    Written by Christian Novels on May 9, 2013 | e

  • TAKE ME AWAY!

    From first chuckle to last sigh, this novel made my five-star book shelves and my favorites for 2013. Sweetly romantic, sassy and charming, I couldn’t have loved spending time with these characters more.

    Written by Writing for Christ on May 9, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/2013/05/take-me-away-it-happened-at-fair-by.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    The 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, also known as the Columbian Exposition must have been a sight to behold! Author Deeanne Gist amazingly brings this most historical event to life in It Happened at the Fair!

    The sights and sounds of this great fair are brought to life between the pages of this book. The author has done a lot of research into the history of the fair and it is evident as you read this wonderful story!

    Written by My Blessings From Above on May 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3QPDYTNFJMJ51

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEANNE GIST – REVIEWED

    Gist doesn’t allow her characters to travel their paths void of obstacles or challenges! Both Dell and Cullen have plenty of both! At one point, you will weep over some of their experiences! Your tears will give you insight and perspective about the time period and the sacrifices that were made to bring us into the 21st century a little safer!

    Oh, and as the story progresses, hang onto your heart! It will surly gallop in unexpected and delightful directions! I adored this novel, and I think you will too! Make the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair the first stop on your Summer Reading list!

    Written by Window To My World on May 8, 2013 | e

  • BOOK REVIEW: “IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR” BY DEEANNE GIST

    I like history and Deanne Gist has captured the history of the Chicago World’s Fair and then some. The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition was a magical place. The White City was made up of structures built especially for the expo-buildings that would set the standard in architecture for a century to come. Exhibition halls overflowed with the latest innovations welcomed by a throng of people from all around the globe. Ms. Gist blends romance and historical fiction to bring the past alive through her extensive period research. You will find yourself not only caught up with the exciting backdrop of the fair, but the blossoming romance between Cullen and Della. And, at this Fair, you will also encounter President Grover Cleveland, Alexander Graham Bell, Helen Keller, and Ann Sullivan, actuall

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on May 8, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R28J7A5N1UICQP

  • IT HAPPENED ALL RIGHT!

    Admittedly, I do have a soft spot for books surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. That being said, however, the author only made me fall in love with it even more!

    Written by That’s What I’m Here For…. on May 7, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R19VAUPYUBOL88/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    Very Interesting take on hearing disabilities at the turn of the Century. Great Historical Fiction Book. It’s like you are at the World’s Fair.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on May 6, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deeanne-gist.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    I love Deeanne Gist’s historical novels, and this is another delightful read. Set in the midst of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, Gist has crafted a story that is pure fiction but which is infused with painstakingly researched details of the actual event. . .I felt as if I had been transported more than a century back in time to view the wonders which displayed the rapidly changing technology as the nineteenth century drew to a close.

    Written by Mocha with Linda on May 6, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://mochawithlinda.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair.html

  • I found a go to author when I finished Dee’s very first book, and she has never let me down since! Her heroines are feisty and a bit before their time. The author wove the sights and sounds of the 1893 World’s Fair into the story so well that I felt like I was there and was sad when it ended. The stigmas toward the deaf and hard of hearing and the thought/styles of helping them (of the time) were very intriguing. I loved this book and highly recommend Deeanne’s books.

    Written by Under the Boardwalk on May 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://nisefunpages.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    I really enjoyed how you were able to experience an in-depth walk through some of the buildings at the Chicago World Fair through the eyes of Cullen and Della. It was so well written you felt as though you were walking right there with them. Deeanne chose a nice slow build and journey through these characters lives as their time at the Fair rolled on.

    An incredible story of love and tenderness, and the journey it takes, touched with humor and set intricately in this magical place called the Chicago World Fair. Any historical fiction reader would devour this latest work of fiction from Deeanne Gist.

    Written by Starts At Eight on May 5, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.startsateight.com/2013/05/book-review-it-happened-at-the-fair/

  • TRANSPORTED ME TO ANOTHER TIME

    I love that juxtaposition between characters when they know the “proper” thing to do and it conflicts with their dreams. The pictures in the book make it completely real to me. I loved knowing that The World Fair really happened and could totally imagine the story being true.

    Written by Savings in Seconds on May 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.savingsinseconds.com/?p=9113

  • GREAT HISTORICAL NOVEL & ROMANCE!

    This is another lovely historical novel that I thoroughly enjoyed. I loved the setting of the World’s Fair and how the author really researched the and shares all about the fair. She takes us through the buildings and shares the different exhibits and shares it through the voices of her main characters.

    I really loved the pictures of the Fair and the sights of the area that the author included between chapters. It really brought the book to life for me. I could just imagine Cullen and Della there together, exploring and getting to know each other.
    The whole story was captivating and I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

    Written by Julie @ More of Him on May 4, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.moreofhim.net/2013/05/book-review-it-happened-at-fair.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    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!

    Written by Renee C. on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R262T5GIJWQ1UM/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1451692374&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • #BOOK REVIEW DEEANNE GIST’S “IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR” IPAD GIVEAWAY AND LIVE WEBCAST EVENT {5/22}! @LITFUSE

    It Happened at the Fair is a historical romance with an interesting setting. The author includes enough factual details of the Fair and the era to please any history buff. One of my favorite features was the inclusion of Fair pictures at the beginning of each chapter. This really helps the reader visualize what they’re reading about.
    This is also very informative regarding the attitudes of society toward the hearing-impaired during that time. The fact that Cullen believed he had to keep his hearing loss a secret shows the fears of the disabled.
    Very interesting, clean historical romance.

    Written by THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2AVSQS764BQHF/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1451692374&linkCode=&nodeID=&tag=

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BLOG TOUR

    Buckle up ladies and gents! We have a new book by Deeanne Gist!

    It is called “It Happened At The Fair”!

    So for anyone who is a fan of Deeanne’s work you need to pick up this new one :)

    If you have never read any of her work do yourself a favor and start!

    I get so excited when I see that Deeanne has a new book out and this one was no exception!

    I loved getting a glimpse of what it must have been like to get to go to the long ago fair and how people lived back then!

    Written by Book Reviews By Jenny on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://bookreviewsbyjenny.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-blog-tour.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    I’ve underestimated Deeanne Gist. There I’ve gone and said it. Way back when, I read her debut novel and my younger self liked it, however ever since then, the pull or allure of that novel was never enough to visit one of her subsequent works of fiction. How delighted I was to be a part of a tour promoting her latest. Gosh, golly, this book was interesting. The story is actually a unique one forcing the reader to feel more “at home” in the historical trivia of the fair than being spellbound by the characters.Then there are the quirks of both protagonists’ that make them unique and virtually erases – in those moments – the overall feel that everything is “all about” the fair.

    Written by Dreaming Under the Same Moon on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540174163

  • IT’S HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST

    Right off the bat I was a fan of Cullen’s and so annoyed and turned off by Wanda that I did not know what to expect. Surely this could not be! Yet off to the fair we go, unsure, uncertain and a little concerned. But wait… isn’t that exactly what he was feeling? How does she do that!? It’s another example of an author grabbing your attention and emotions and placing you firmly in the time (1893) and craftily creating a world that comes to life right off the page.

    Written by Creative Madness Mama on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/376903102

  • A CYCLE OF EMOTIONS

    The World’s Fair of 1893 in Chicago must have been an extraordinary event. The descriptive details by the author Deeanne Gist in It Happened at the Fair paint an amazing picture of architecture and displays that were extremely grand in Chicago.

    I appreciated the pictures from the actual event that were included at the beginning of most chapters. These pictures really show the reader the magnitude of the fair and how great the challenges were that Cullen MacNamara is faced with as an exhibitor with his Sprinkler system.

    Written by The IE Mommy on May 3, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/13e6a9fc8daea7cc

  • BOOK REVIEW: IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR

    If you like an historical novel that pays attention to detail and informs while it entertains or if you like your romance sweet and old-fashioned (yet not short of tension and sparks!), then you need to pick up a copy of Deeanne Gist’s latest novel, It Happened at The Fair. This is a novel you won’t put down until the last delicious page.

    Written by By The Book on May 2, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/book-review-it-happened-at-the-fair/

  • ANOTHER GREAT ONE FROM DEE

    I loved Cullen and Della. Dee writes with such detail you feel as though you are right there with them. It makes history fun.

    Written by Where the Green Grass Grows on May 1, 2013 |e
    Read my full review:http://wherethegreengrassgrows84.blogspot.com/2013/05/book-reviewit-happened-at-fair-by.html

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR BY DEEANNE GIST ~ GIVEAWAY

    The author writes of hard times for our nation at the same time of the 1893 Chicago World Fair. She had provided many astounding images of the fair. I had no idea of the advancement in architecture and machinery in the latter 1800′s. To make it even more interesting she adds romance between a young man and woman that are part of the exhibition. A beautiful love story in the midst of secrets and a need to succeed. The author shows us how reaching out to God in all things that he will make our paths straight.

    Written by It’s Time To Read Mamaw on May 1, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/554553679 http://my.barnesandnoble.com/reviews-ratings-Its_Time_Mamaw/id/4764793/ http://www.amazon.com/review/R31FSWH1SIC7GA/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR…REVIEW

    This novel could have been too involved with all the information and facts, but it wasn’t. Instead, historically, this is simply a captivating story. I loved Cullen and Della. I appreciated the author’s note in the back and I absolutely adored the fact that she included authentic photos from the Chicago World’s Fair. That was absolutely brilliant and made for a much richer reading experience.

    Written by 2 Kids and Tired Books on May 1, 2013 | e

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    The layout is unique with photos between chapters. Our family has been in one building several times, formerly The Palace of Fine Arts, ~*~ The Museum of Science and Industry.
    I liked the in-depth walk through of buildings and happenings by the protagonists like you were alongside; the build of the story and growth in characters through this fairyland atmosphere so different from their home life. An excellent story of caring for others and building relationship, with humor and tenderness. With the setbacks Cullen had, I was as invested in him as those who believed in him and his invention. There is a reading group guide and overview from the author.

    Written by Lane Hill House on April 30, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3Y49NDE4F7NY

  • WORLD’S FAIR COMES TO LIFE THROUGH CULLEN AND DELLA’S EYES

    The story blends the historical element with the romance in a slow atmospheric way that is hard to put down. Tragedy spurs the story forward and the future is not so easy to guess for Cullen and Della, and when girlfriend Wanda shows up, Cullen has to make a difficult choice once and for all. At first I was distracted by the way the author displayed the annunciation of the words that Cullen was hearing, but that dissipated after a while.
    I do want to mention that there is palpable amount of lust that is implied and while some may not think that is appropriate I absolutely LOVED the romance especially at the end – it was tastefully done and yet so warm and passionate.
    Deeanne Gist’s newest novel brings to life the Chicago World’s Fair through the eyes of these two very lovable characters.

    Written by Marie Burton (@BurtonReview) on April 30, 2013 |e
    Read my full review: http://www.christianbook.com/it-happened-at-the-fair/deeanne-gist/9781451692372/pd/692371?featurereview=28837585

  • ENJOYABLE

    I really enjoy how Ms. Gist writes her characters. They’re lively, fun, have their own warts and yet still, I love them. I truly did like this book, and I would recommend it to friends that love historical fiction/romance.

    Written by Books By Amanda on April 24, 2013 | e
    Read my full review: http://godisgoodgodisgreat.blogspot.com/2013/05/it-happened-at-fair-by-deeanne-gist.html