Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Invention of Sarah Cummings

The Invention of Sarah Cummings (Avenue of Dreams Series #3)

Sarah Cummings' identity has changed so many times over her short life.
Beloved child of her mother and father. Then suddenly an orphan.
Resident of St. Andrew's Orphanage. Then a parlor maid for the Bannings family, as well as a talented seamstress who can take a cast-off gown and clothe herself in beauty. And always a dreamer.

Sarah is strolling in a store on her day off one Wednesday when she meets Miss Lillie Wagner, a lovely young woman from a family of means. Seeing Sarah attired so finely (in a skirt of her own creation, made with one of the Banning ladies' outdated styles), Lillie strikes up a conversation as they admire the same hat.

Sarah has not been admired or befriended by any one outside of her own "social class" for years, and suddenly she has the opportunity to show her real self.
The self that Lillie would never speak to if she knew that Sarah was household help.
To show the real woman she is and wants to be, Sarah can't admit to her present reality.
So when Lillie asks her name, Sarah replies "Serena Cuthbert."
She isn't sure where that lie came from so naturally, but it did.

And with that new name, Sarah begins living in a charade as carefully constructed and outwardly attractive as the gowns she sews. The difference is, the gowns show off her true beauty and skill, the false identity obscures her own personality and heart.

How much of herself--and all she knows to be right--will she give up to try to secure a position as "Chicago's Miss Serena Cuthbert?"  How far will she deceive herself so that she can ingratiate "Miss Cuthbert" amongst people who do not recognize Miss Cummings worth?

Thereby hangs this tale.

The Invention of Sarah Cummings is a book that is easy to get lost in.
The world of this bright young girl who won't settle for being a maid unfolds around you as you read.
Add one of Chicago's "Most Eligible Bachelors," the St. Andrew's sewing class, and one very humble, dedicated man who runs the orphanage, and you have a fine tale!

Thank you Olivia and Revell for this book!

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

Olivia Newport Hello!

I’m imagining you. You walk past as I water my front flowerbeds and we wave. You check the time as we both stand in a long line at the grocery store. You sit in front of me in church. I’m at my table in the coffee shop and you’re at yours.

We may smile politely and move on with our separate lives. Or one of us may speak, a simple invitation to conversation, and the words flow between us.

Here the adventure begins. When we meet someone new, we never know where it might lead.

I’ve been married for over thirty years and have two twenty-something kids. We live in stunning Colorado at the foot of the Rockies, where the day lilies in my back yard grow as tall as I am. (No short jokes, please.)

Not every piece of my life is pretty, though. Some days I want to throw out whole chunks. But I am living each day looking for the grace of God to me, in me, and through me. Having your companionship along the way will help uncover a lot of great stories.

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