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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Review: The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport

The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport
Avenue of Dreams series: Book Three
Revell / 2013
Find on: Amazon, Goodreads

About the book:
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 rating:
My thoughts:

The Invention of Sarah Cummings was a good read. I loved all the history and facts about Chicago that were in the story. I also loved how the main characters from the first two books were in this one - I loved getting updates on their lives.

I didn't like Sarah all that much for the majority of this book. I just didn't care for some of her actions and it wasn't until the end that I started to like her character more. I didn't know what to think about Simon at first, but I really liked him in the end.

I thought it was neat how Sarah remade cast-off gowns into new, beautiful creations. I really liked one of the messages in The Invention of Sarah Cummings (about gaining the world, but losing your soul).

Overall, while not my favorite in the Avenue of Dreams series, The Invention of Sarah Cummings was a good book and I enjoyed reading it. If you like historical fiction, I think you'll enjoy this book too.

*I received this book for free for my honest review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.* 

Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. This series isn't a favorite of mine, however I wanted to finish off it off and am looking forward to finishing 'Invention' yet this week.

    Great review, Melanie. :)

  2. Melanie, you and I felt VERY similar about this book.


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