Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport *Review

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 Thoughts:
Sarah has arrived! She saw her moment and reinvented herself as Serena to become one of the elite. Dining with the locals and getting invited to parties with eligible bachelors. She longs to forget the past and her life as an orphan, she has finally been able to reach her goal.  Or has she? How long can she keep up the guise and is it worth it? She has great skills as a seamstress and she could utilize those to break into the right circles. But are the 'right' circles even ones she wants to be in.
Such conflict for Sarah/Serena in this book. She doesn't find her value in what she knows or her own self, but finds that you are only valued if you have the right name and run in the right circles. This was a very touching book and it made me just want to shake Serena and show her the blessings she had! Pretty good character development when you can feel sorry and mad at the main character all at one time!

For Olivia Newport’s website & facebook

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

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