Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport * A Review

Charlotte Farrow, maid in the wealthy Banning household on Chicago's opulent Prairie Avenue, has kept her baby boy a secret from her employers for nearly a year. But when the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her own past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life's tragedies determine the future for her?

This compelling story set against the glittering backdrop of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition captures the tension between the wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable. Author Olivia Newport expertly portrays social classes while creating a story of courage, strength, and tender romance.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0800720393

ISBN-13: 978-0800720391

Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces

Olivia Newport is the author of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning. Her novels twist through time to discover where faith and passions meet. 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, where daylilies grow as tall as she is.


The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is the first book I’ve read written by Olivia Newport. It is a really sweet story. I love the characters the description of the city and mostly of the house where she is a maid.

Charlotte had a baby before she came to work for the Bannings, but she has kept it a secret from everyone. Now her baby is brought to her, because the caregiver can’t take care of him anymore. How does Charlotte keep him safe without telling the Bannings this is her child? What will she do to provide for her child, but not to destroy his life?

The plots, twist and turns of this book are fantastic. It is suspenseful, but also full of love for her child. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is also an Historical Romance.

You have to read this book to find out if Charlotte keeps her child, if she tells anyone who he is or if she meets someone and falls in love?

What would you do to save your child from starvation, from being found by someone who only intends him harm? This story shows how all things can work out if you are patient and willing to wait for the right outcome, but when we think we know everything and hurry up and get it done, we often make mistakes. Very good book that I will recommend.

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I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255


1 comment:

Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I enjoyed this one. Charlotte is terrific.