The Invention of Sarah Cummings

series: Avenue of Dreams

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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?

"Newport's touching historical romance sweeps readers into another time and place, where elegance and wealth are abundant and where dreams really can come true. Highly recommended for fans of Tamera Alexander."--Library Journal

Praise for the Avenue of Dreams series:

"Chicago's history comes alive on each page."--Andrea Boeshaar, author of Seasons of Redemption series

"With attention to historical detail and an artful sense of place, Olivia Newport gives readers a fascinating glimpse into . . .  the roles of women in the world."--USA Today, Happily Ever After blog

"Newport's characters are by turn charming, conniving, or trying to be true to themselves in spite of what society expects of them."--RT Book Reviews


Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Her husband and two twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where daylilies grow as tall as she is. Find out more at www.OliviaNewport.com.


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    Olivia Newport

    Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her husband and two adult children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies,...

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Reviews

"Set in Gilded Age Chicago, Newport's touching historical romance (the third in a series after The Pursuit of Lucy Banning and The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow) sweeps readers into another time and place, where elegance and wealth are abundant and where dreams really can come true. Highly recommended for fans of Tamera Alexander."

Library Journal

"There is romance, secrecy, and a lot of laughter in Newport's third Avenue of Dreams story. The storyline flows evenly throughout the novel, and the life lessons of 'never try to be someone you are not,' and 'the grass isn't always greener on the other side,' are well told. Newport knows what keeps her readers interested in her novels and has perfected it in this series."

RT Book Reviews


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