14 June 2013

Deeanne Gist's New Release 'It Happened at the Fair' Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow


It Happened At The Fair


Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 stars~*****


Ever wondered what it would be like to have been a part of the very significant and famous 1893 Chicago World’s Fair? To be a part of the throng of millions that pervaded the massive grounds spread over 600 acres, featuring numerous mighty buildings of incredible architecture? To venture into these monumental buildings housing wonderfully innovative exhibits begging to be investigated? Or perhaps to experience and savor the fascinating international food and music? There are a myriad of surprises and adventures awaiting you, including the original gigantic Ferris Wheel built by George Ferris, and a visit with the notable Helen Keller. Then relax with a romantic gondola ride, gliding past the beautiful Wooded Island magnificently displaying nature’s splendor. If this appeals to you, then open up Deeanne Gist’s ‘It Happened at the Fair’ and you’ll be propelled to 1893 to experience the sights, sounds, and smells of an era that was on the cusp of discovering exciting new inventions and possibilities!

Cullen McNamara, a farmer on his family’s cotton farm, is unfortunately allergic to cotton seeds and suffers badly with swollen eyes, airways, and terribly tender and itchy skin. Which, simply put, is not a good thing when you’re a farmer! This unfortunate condition was the catalyst for his parents to ensure he received enough ‘book-learning’ that he might find other work. Cullen’s interests went in the direction of inventing which led to his creation of an automatic fire-sprinkler system. However, due to a flaw in an earlier design which had dire consequences, he shelved his invention and resigned himself to farming. His father had other ideas though, and before too long Cullen found himself right in the middle of the Chicago World’s Fair’s noisy Machinery Hall.

Della Wentworth, a beautiful, young but naïve woman, has been brought up by an overprotective father who taught her to be distrusting of men. So while Della is at the fair to teach deaf youngsters in the Children’s building, she cannot help but feel dubious of any man she meets, including Cullen who comes to request she teach him the art of lip-reading, so he may understand what people are saying in the incredibly noisy Machinery Hall. As they spend time together, their feelings secretly begin to grow toward each other, but in time they both find themselves up against issues of trust, betrayal, and unforgiveness. Can Cullen prove he is the man he says he is? More importantly, can he ever survive the seemingly impossible job of learning to lip-read by concentrating on the task without get mesmerized by her lips?

It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist is not only a journey to a fascinating slice of history but allows you to dine on a memorable feast of delightful banter, commanding kisses, and exceptionally detailed and intriguing characters.  The historical research and input into this story is second to none and is a banquet of interesting information interwoven into a sweet and delectable romance, with a enticing dashes of drama and suspense along the way. An extra treat is the inclusion of actual pictures of the Fair which added a realism and presence to the story. Thank you Deeanne for this enthralling and irresistible story!
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I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
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GIVEAWAY: A book by Deeanne Gist of your choice (e-book only for international winners.) Answer the question to be entered in the contest.

QUESTION: At Fairs or Amusement Parks that you have been to in the past, what was your favorite ride or exhibit, and what was your worst?


***NOELA IS VERY SICK TODAY, WE ARE ASKING FOR PRAYERS FOR HER AND HER HUSBAND AND THEIR SON. SHE WANTS YOU ALL TO KNOW SHE APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS AND SHE WILL COMMENT BACK TO YOU AS SOON AS SHE IS FEELING BETTER. SO PLEASE LEAVE HER A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND LET HER KNOW HOW MUCH WE LOVE AND MISS HER.***

85 comments:

  1. NOELA this is a wonderful review of a great book. I love the pictures you added, nice touch!

    I AM SO SORRY YOU ARE STILL SICK, I AM PRAYING FOR YOUR FAMILY.

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    1. Teresa, this was such a fabulous book wasn't it! I have to give Deeanne thanks for the inspiration to include some pics from the Chicago's World Fair. It was fascinating looking around at all the pics there are of the Fair - and Deeanne's fabulous story brings them all to life!!

      Thanks for all your prayers, though we're still getting there I'm really hoping and praying we're over the worse of it, and I KNOW your love and prayers have gone a long way - well right up to heaven lol, in helping! Love you so much!

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  2. I always liked the ferris wheel. Can't wait to read the new book.

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    1. Do we have your email ONORMAN?

      This book is a lot of fun, you'll really enjoy it!!

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  3. I am sorry you are feeling bad! I have always loved Deanne's books and this one sounds great! I used to always love the ferris wheel, but then my son had a panic attack on one last time I was on one and they made them not so much fun! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Martha... I'm like you, I love ALL of Deeanne's books and this one is no exception! One of my favourite's!! The Ferris wheel was great wasn't it, but that's not good your son had a panic attack on it. I think you'll find quite a bit to relate to in Deeanne's story!! ;)

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  4. NOELA, NO!!!! I am SO upset to hear you are sick and am praying for you RIGHT NOW!!

    Love your review, my friend, and am chomping all the more to read this book. I like the unique premise of deafness in this story and after reading yours, Teresa's and Carrie's, reviews, I know I HAVE to read this one!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. Awesome review and the pics add such a nice touch! The Ferris Wheel was always one of my fave rides. Loved when they stopped it at night and I was at the top and could see the lights all over the city.

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    1. Thanks Diana! I think I only went on the Ferris Wheel once when I was a kid but recently have wanted to re-visit it... it's just been too long since we've gone to a fair! Might have to go along with my grandson when his parents take him for the first time..

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  6. I love the ferris wheel! It's awesome to be at such a height and see over all the land :)

    colorvibrant[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Heidi! You get to see an amazing view from them that's for sure. Best of luck with the drawing Heidi.

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  7. What a wonderful review! Deeanne is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. Can't wait to read this new one from her. I also love the idea of her including pictures of the fair.

    Don't need to enter me, I already have the book waiting to be read on my bookshelf!

    Hope you feel better soon. God bless : )

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy! Deeanne is one of the best isn't she... also one of my favourite's and she was the 2nd Historical Romance author I read. I was pretty much hooked after that! :) I agree about the pics - didn't it just add so much to the story?!
      Thanks for your kind words, I've improved some but still getting there... but with God's grace!

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  8. I'm praying all of you feel better! I hate the octopus or spider it's sometimes called. My stomach can't handle the spinning and up and down motion. I love the log chute and the swings, but I'll go on pretty much anything. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much Veronica! Guess what? It was the Octopus that my hubby took me on when we first began going out - our first date you could say... his plan was so that I'd swing in nice and close to him LOL!!
      Brave girl going on almost anything though! Best of luck with your entry.

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  9. Jon & I both LOVE going to theme parks and we really enjoy coasters--Jon more than me, but I do like them too--as LONG as you don't take me on more than 2 in a row at a time--I have to have time for my tummy to catch up with me--we found out the hard way, when he took me on 1 too many one time at Hershey Park. I like the loops that take you upside down too, but not the ones that go one way and then take you back thru the same way, going backwards. And NO spinning rides--not even the teacups! LOL But my all time favorite are the water rides--the wetter you get, the better the ride! That is also why I like White Water Rafting, which I got to do last Sat. WEE!!!
    Vicki
    vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com
    PS--get better quick Noela! Sorry to hear you are sick.

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    1. Lol Vicki, yes it's important to give your stomach time to catch up... most definitely!! :) I don't think I could do even 2 in a row so I guess my tummy was a bit slower than yours lol. Sounds like you've had a lot of fun recently Vicki! :)
      Thanks also for your kind words, it's been nasty but we're slowly getting there.

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  10. Great review. I wanted to read this book before when I saw the cover, but your review definitely made me want to read it. Thank you for sharing! I am not a huge fan of rides at amusement parks, but I love going to the fair. I become dizzy when I simply spin myself in a circle, so I tend to avoid the rides . . . :-) So, my worst ride (easy to start with) was the ride where the strawberries spin you around in circles. Experienced that whenever I was very young and never went back to that ride! :-) Favorite rides tend to me the indoor ones that go at a lot slower pace. I do like the Ferris Wheel though. Weird, right?

    I would love to be entered into the giveaway! Thanks!! Blessings! rhonda(dot)ritenour(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you so much Rhonda! Such a fantastic story, I know you'll just love it!! :) I'm with you, never saw the attraction to spinning rides lol! At least the Ferris Wheel is at a much better pace hey?!
      All the best with your entry and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. I haven't been to many amusement parks, but I seem to remember not really liking the mini-roller coaster that my friend and I went on when we were at a birthday party. It might have been because we got stuck on it, so... lol! ;)

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Can't wait to read this book!

    Noela, I hope that you and your family feel better!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Yeah I think getting stuck on a ride would be a bit off-putting for future rides! :) Deeanne's book is a such a fun, romantic, and interesting story, you'll love it Elyssa! Thank you for your kind words also. God bless you!

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  12. I am NOT a ride person at all, so any rides that I have been on I haven't enjoyed in the least- lol!

    Great review and awesome giveaway! Feel better Noela!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I'm pretty much with you these days anyhow Jenny! I went on a few hair-raising ones as a kid but pretty soon I wondered why am I putting myself through this LOL!
      Thanks for your sweet words and all the best with your entry!!

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  13. I remember being at the World's Fair when it was in New York. I was in awe of everything! My worst experience was at Space Mountain at Disney World. It was the first year they had it and we waited in line for hours to ride it. The closer we got, the more warning signs along the path. When it was finally our turn, I hesitated slighted, but we had waited too long to turn back. Well my eyes were closed the entire time and I was too scared to scream. There were mirrors up when we got off, I was deadly pale with shaking knees. That was the one and only time I went on Space Mountain.
    sandy.rutkowski@gmail.com

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds terrifying Sandy!! Yikes, I don't like the sounds of all those warning signs lol. Shouldn't rides be fun?! :)
      Thanks for stopping by Sandy!

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  14. Wonderful review, NOELA, and love the pics you added! Hope you are feeling better soon.

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    1. Hey Marian, thanks mate, and thank YOU for posting those pics I picked out, so beautifully! You're gonna have to show me how you did that one day. :)

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    2. Maaaaate! :D Don't worry, that's just an aussie thing lol

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    3. oh well...we're still team-mates, mate. ;) :P

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  15. Noela,

    This was a wonderful review of this book. It sounds like an engrossing read and is now on my TBR list! I'm so sorry to hear that you are sick. Brightest blessings to you and your family for a quick recovery. Joy Ross Davis

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    1. Thanks Joy, you're a sweetheart! It truly is a wonderful read, I'd be pushing it up towards the top of that pile. :) A very memorable story!!

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  16. My favorite ride was the ferris wheel~~actually, at our amusement park there was a double ferris wheel. It was so exciting to be at the very top~~it was almost like you could see the world. However, if it was windy~~watch out for the rocking seat!!
    My least favorite was the haunted house. Anything dark was scary to me. I look back on it now and realize how fake it was, but back then it was so real to me. I would have to cling to my mom or dad and close my eyes throughout the ride.
    Blessings, Kristin J [keithkrisjager(at)aol(dot)com}

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    1. Hi Kristin, thanks for dropping by and for your great answer to the question! I remember those rocking seats lol, and I'm with you on the haunted houses!! As a young adult I realized the ones we'd gone on with the train as kids were pretty lame, but the worse one was walking through this dark place not being able to see in front of you... and when something touched me I yelped and grabbed the person in front of me thinking it was my hubby but it was a complete stranger! So embarrassing! :)
      All the best with the draw!

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  17. Praying for your good health.

    Sounds like a very intriguing book.

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    1. Thanks Martha and you're right, it's a fantastic book! :)

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  18. Forgot to answer the questions

    My favorite ride is the Merry Go Round. I don't like scary rides. The worst thing I ever did was ride the Mad Mouse (a mini roller coaster) at the State Fair when I was in 8th Grade.

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    1. Lol, you're right, the merry go ground is a nice safe ride if you don't like scary ones. It's been a while since I've been to the fair and on any rides, but I did like the roller coasters. Sounds like your mini roller coasters can be quite scary though, I think someone else mentioned them as well!! :)

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  19. NOELA!!! I am so very sorry you've been sick and am saying one RIGHT NOW for a speedy and total recovery. I actually posted a comment yesterday, but I guess it didn't take. :| At any rate, I love the review and between you, Carrie and Teresa, I am chomping to get Dee's new book, especially since the premise seems so unique with both the fair and the idea of deafness.

    The best ride I've ever been on is the Lost River Ride at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri and the worst was Doctor Doom's Fearfall at Universal Studios Orlando -- I literally screamed prayers the entire time, embarrassing my daughter. :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Hey Julie, always sooo nice to hear from you, and thank you so much for the prayer! Had a MUCH better night last night and while we're all still fighting this awful bug, I'm definitely on the road to recovery.

      Julie, knowing our beloved Romance Queen as well as we do, I know without a doubt you will LOVE Deeanne's book!! ;) I loved how unique and interesting this story was as well!

      Lol, I don't know either of those rides of course, but that second one just by it's name alone sounds scary as!! That's pretty funny that you were screaming prayers! :)

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  20. I am fortunate to live in a place with a wonderful state fair,(Puyallup, WA) so every fall we go and I love the food, the rides ,the exhibits! I will have to go with the ride called the Enterprise as the worst. My husband and I both rode it together when we were newly married and its one of those that goes around like a ferris wheel but then your little cage thing goes upside down, etc. We both got off it and were woozy for the rest of the night!!

    My favorite has to be an event called "mutton busting" where little kids ride sheep and they are timed to see how long they can stay on. It is so funny to watch and the kids just love it. I have to mention the yummy scones, elephant ears and delicious fair onion burgers YUM!!

    And finally- Noela- I am so sorry that you are not feeling well and am praying for you!!- Cheryl ihhcheryl(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for sharing Cheryl - ohh you make me want to go to your fair!! A long trip from Australia however, lol. We have a local one where I live but it's pretty lame, the better ones are always in the capital cities.
      That ride you described sounds a lot like one I went on as a teenager called something like Rock n Roll and the cages would roll in different directions while the whole thing went around. I never went on it again lol!
      You'll have to let me know what Elephant ears are? Our popular fair foods are the Dagwood Dogs and Fairy Floss, oh and those strawberry/vanilla icecreams. :)
      The Mutton Busting sounds fun to watch too.

      Thank you so much for the prayers, it's very much appreciated! God bless you, and all the best with the competition.

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  21. At Fairs or Amusement Parks that you have been to in the past, what was your favorite ride or exhibit, and what was your worst?
    The animals have always been my favorite, especially the horses.
    The worst was the "freak" people. I don't believe anyone should be on display to be made fun of.
    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Cindi! The animals are such a favourite aren't they? Something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. I'm with you about the 'freak' show people. I've never seen that at over here in Australia, but I've seen it on TV. I think the whole concept is rather sad.
      All the best and God bless!

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  22. I'll definitely be praying for Noela!!! Hope she gets better real soon!!!

    As for the question, I've actually never really been to a fair. I'm not really into all the rides and stuff. But I'd love to read about it!

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Emma, I'm on road to recovery and am so thankful for all the beautiful people, like yourself, visiting OWG that have been praying for me.

      Emma, if you love to read about fairs, then you will certainly enjoy Deeanne's book! But of course, along with details about the Chicago's World Fair, there's an exceptional story also! :)
      Thanks for your entry.

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  23. Praying Noella is already feeling better and that the rest of the family stays healthy! I think I like the roller coaster the best, and the ones that turn you upside down would be my least favorite!
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Definitely feeling better but still getting there, thanks so much for prayers Betti!

      I agree with you too, I'd much prefer the roller coaster to those that spin you upside down and every which way lol.
      God bless you Betti!

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  24. Prayers going out for Noella.

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    1. Thank you so much Cindi, and thanks for your entry above. God bless!

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  25. Prayers going out to Noella and her family.
    Fairs are not my cup of tea but if I had to choose, the merry go round is more my speed. I like just going and watching people have fun
    no matter where that may be.

    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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    1. Hi Lori, thanks for dropping by to check out the review for Deeanne's book. Lots of luck in the competition.
      Nothing wrong with watching people have fun - that can be a lot of fun itself!! :)

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  26. Praying that you feel well again very soon.

    I'm not one for rides, I don't enjoy, I just get ill. At the local fair I always love looking at the craft work.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thanks Mary, I'm sure looking forward to it! :)

      The craft work is amazing isn't it? I really admire these very talented people who do such incredible work! God bless.

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  27. I've always loved every kind of ride at fairs, carnivals and amusement parks. When I was small, my favorite ride was at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. I think it was called the Old Mill. It was a log flume ride--nothing like the elaborate ones today! My mom would take me there every year and I thought it was wonderful.

    Noela, I sent up prayers for you. I hope you and your family are feeling better this evening.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I think I once saw pics of the Old Mill - it looked like a cool place to visit Kay!
      Thanks so much for the prayers, my family and I really appreciate it. God bless you and all the best with your entry!

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  28. So sorry to hear you are sick, Noela, but am glad you are feeling somewhat better tonight. I hope the rest of your family is well too.
    This book of Deeanne's just keeps sounding better and better with every review I read!
    I don't like rides at fairs. When we've gone to places like SeaWorld, I enjoy the animal shows but don't go on the rides.
    Thanks for the chance to win Deeanne's book.
    Praying you'll be completely well soon.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Pam, very much appreciated.
      Here's hoping for a win for you with Deeanne's book, I know you'll love it!!

      I love Sea World too - it's probably been the place I've visited the most out of all the theme parks. It was the place I think I had my scariest ride too... which was on a swinging pirate ship. I was convinced I was going to fall out of that thing as it tipped up almost vertically, as my hands were so slippery trying to stay gripped on the bar in front of us - and apart from that there was nothing to hold you in! :O

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  29. Praying you are feeling better, Noela! I don't like the wild crazy rides at fairs. I like the little games. We don't go to them much anymore!
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hey Susan, nice to see you, thanks for stopping by! Thanks for the thoughts and prayers too. :)
      It's been years since I've gone to a fair as well Susan, but maybe when my little grandson gets a little older, we'll go watch him! God bless.

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  30. Noela, praying for you!! Book sounds great! I liked the Tilt-A-Whirl, but disliked the Ferris Wheel and Roller Coaster. I'm afraid of heights.
    Barbara Thompson
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    1. Thanks so much Barbara! I'm glad you liked the sound of this book - it really is a treat to read!! :)
      A fear of heights would definitely keep you away from those rides! :) I don't think I like the sound of the Tilt-A-Whirl somehow, lol.
      Bless you, and thanks for dropping in, all the best with the draw!

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  31. I hope you feel better!

    The last fair I went to ... well I loved the Ferris Wheel, but I was also terrified! The fair was in the Blue Ridge Mountains and we went at dusk.... it was a very tall one and as went higher and higher, I got scared and even more scared. Goodness.. and the shaking of the little cart and how it feels like there is nothing holding you in and you could just slide right out! I decided right there my children wouldn't be riding that any time soon! But when we were at the top... it was the most beautiful sight! The mountains were gorgeous and blue and the sun was sending off beautiful colors behind it! It was well worth it!

    I so want this book! I'm dying to read her book... Deeanne is talented and I just love all her books! :)
    Once again I hope you start getting better! God will take care of you!

    biancarachele@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Bianca, thank you sooo much for your kind words and yes, God is looking after us!

      Your Ferris Wheel ride sounds beautiful and majestic, yet terrifying at the same time, lol! Some of those scary rides like that and another one I'd mentioned above would probably be more enjoyable if you felt way more secure, don't you think?

      I really hope you win this book Bianca, but if not I hope you get a chance to read it soon! It's a good one! ;)

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  32. Thanks for the review Noela. Awful to be raised on a cotton farm and be allergic. I have had allergies to never knew what, but runny nose, itchy eyes and nose and it is horrible. Rubbed my eyes so much one year that the white part looked like jello. Thought for sure I had ruined my eye. But with the Boric-acid mix for eyes it got normal again. I never got to go to a fair until I I was a teenager, except for once when we lived in HOUSTON during WWll when a neighbor took me. My favorite thing when a teenager was the Octopus. And, of course always loved the Ferris Wheel. The booth I liked was trowing Darts at Balloons. And, one that had glasses, bowls, cups, etc. all in a bunch and you threw pennies hoping some landed in one to get a prize. Speaking of Word Fairs, my oldest daughter got to go to the one in NY when she was 13. She was in an Accordian Band that was chosen to go and play. A great memory for her. I would love to win this book from you OWG gals. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Love your stories Maxie!! You always have such rich history and we always love to hear about it. And how wonderful that your daughter got to be involved in a New York World Fair!! I think reading this book of Deeanne's would be really brought alive by those memories for you and her.
      Wishing you all the best in the comp, Maxie! God bless you.

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  33. Hope Noela and her family are feeling better!

    At fairs I always loved the games. I've got a little bit of a stubborn streak though so I'd have to keep playing until I won (or until someone dragged me away).

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Liz, we're still recovering but getting there and appreciate your thoughts and words.
      Lol, I hope your stubborn streak didn't make you lose too much money at those games! :) Did you win a lot? I would watch those moving clown heads where you put the ball in their mouths and would always feel ripped off that it was rigged! Didn't stop me from trying as a kid, but I always felt it proved my point! ;)

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  34. I hope you're feeling much better!!!! I'm here to enter for my daughter...hope I'm not too late! Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a nice story!

    We don't go to a lot of fairs in my family....but I usually just like the food and watching everyone else go on the rides.

    Jreilly316(at)Verizon(dot)net

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie, and nope, you're not too late at all to be in the draw! :)

      That's the great thing about fairs Debbie, there's plenty there for everyone whether you want to go on the rides or not... and like you said, it can be fun watching others have fun and screaming their heads off, lol! :)

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  35. Get well soon! My favorite ride at the fair is the Octopus, worst... I really don't like the Ferris Wheel.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Merry! It's interesting how many here either love or hate that Octopus ride! :) Thank you for stopping by. God bless!

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  36. Praying great health for you and your family, Noella!
    I always loved the ferris wheel....my hometown had a "fair" to come through each year.
    I guess the most frightened I ever was at a "fair" was at a large one in a larger city where I competed in a state spelling bee! No, I did not win. lol
    Thanks for the giveaway; so anxious to read this book!
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. Bless you and thanks Jackie! I can understand you being anxious to read this book, that's how I am with all of Deeanne's books lol. You'll love this Jackie, I wish you all the best with your entry!
      Wow a spelling bee at a fair... now that 'would be' nerve-wracking!! Sorry you didn't win but you must have been pretty good to have been competing! :)

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  37. love the ferris wheel
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  38. After reading through some of the other comments, I decided I wanted to add something. Even though I usually like most roller coaster rides--The Mad Mouse (mentioned by someone above) is one I DON'T like. It is too jerky! The coasters, that I like are the nice smooth ones, so that means any Mad Mouse type rides or wooden roller coasters are out for me. Rides are suppose to be fun--not jerk you and rattle you to death. Not to mention I feel much more secure in the smooth rolling ones...

    One of my favorite memories of riding a coaster, was at 6 Flags Over Texas, about a year ago, when my BFF decided she was going to "beat her fear of coasters!" The 1st one we went on, was a HUGE coaster & VERY fast! We couldn't believe she chose the biggest coaster in the park--we kept asking her, Are you sure you want to go on THIS one? We can try a smaller one..." but she said, "I'm going on this one & I going go NOW, before I have a chance to chicken out! She did OK, (although the pics they take, showed she was still terrified!) and then at the end of the days she decided to go on another one--it was called Runaway Mountain, & is similar to Space Mountain, except the ride is in TOTAL darkness! As we start going up hill, "click, click, click" my friend starts saying loudly, "NO-OOO!" and continued to do so, the entire ride! I had told her before the 1st coaster ride, not to hold it in--scram all she wanted--that is half the fun! Well, he screaming "NO-OOO" all through this ride, just hit a funny bone in me and I began laughing--ALL THROUGH THE ENTIRE RIDE!. and I'm talking uncontrollable hysterical laughter, that you can't stop! I felt bad, laughing, but I couldn't stop and by the time we got at the end of the ride, she was laughing at me laughing! It was the best coaster ride EVER! LOL

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    1. Hahaha thanks for that Vicki, that was really funny!! :) Sounds like some fantastic memories were made!!

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  39. Get better Noela!! We love you!!

    I love Deeanne's books! SO good!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks MARISSA! How sweet of you! :) I'm with you on Deeanne's books for sure!!

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  40. I don't know how I missed this post but I hope that you are feeling much better by now, NOELA!

    I dislike roller coasters of any kind, so that would be the worst. I ♥ It's a Small World at Disney in FL :) Oh, or the Log ride where you get totally soaked!!!

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    1. Thanks so much Anne and yes, today I am feeling much better!! :)

      So glad you popped in Anne, thanks for coming by. Always great to see you here! I don't know what the Disney place is like... but I'd sure like to go to find out! I wonder if Carrie would finance a 'research' trip, lol! :)

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  41. Glad to hear you are feeling much better.
    Crafts and foods are my favorite exhibits.
    I used to ride all the rides but as one gets older one doesn't do that anymore.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks JANET!! :) I know what you mean about 'as one gets older', and there are plenty of other ways to have fun, right?! :)

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  42. I think the bumper cars are still one of my favorites. I don't know if it is my sense of competition or just an ornery side of me but I love ramming into people and then trying to get away. =)
    heavensmyhome@hotmail.com

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