Friday, January 25, 2013

The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow


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.

My Review:

An emotional white-knuckle read that deals with the inequality of women in the 19th century. 

Charlotte is faced with an impossible decision to make in the midst of equally impossible, desperate circumstances. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow is a dilemma to end all dilemmas.  Newport deals with the complexities of class distinction and the limitations it placed on both the wealthy and the poor. It's enough to make my blood boil!

Stalwart, compassionate Archie is what all heroes should be made of -- if only Charlotte could see it that way! But her complicated past makes it difficult for her to see the possibilities in a future that isn't rife with worry and grief and grim reality. My stomach is in knots just thinking about her story. Bless Newport for successfully navigating the way to a happy ending. I found The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow to be a gripping read from beginning to end.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 27 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


  1. Kav, I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my to-be-read pile. You've made me want to move it up right away!

  2. I am drawn to historical stories like this, the class differences between those upstairs and downstairs is fascinating. Sounds good!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  3. Aren't those TBR piles hard to manage, Lorna? All those special books clamoring to be read first! :-)

    Merry -- you're right, part of this book's appeal (or not!) is the sheer contrast between the lives of the upstairs and downstairs characters. It boggles the mind! Good luck!

  4. The first thing I notice about the cover was actually the background with the carousel. I like the setting because it's different and I've never read about the World's Columbian Exposition. It comes into play with the differences in class and Charlotte has to make such a big decision! cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

  5. Have the first one of this series already and would love to win this one. Please enter me and thanks for the review.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  6. I would really love to win this book, it looks really nice!

  7. This sounds like a wonderful book! :)


  8. I've been hearing good things about this book and I want to read it! Thanks for the giveaway!


  9. I love historical fiction. Also the setting being a World's Fair is a special draw for me. I have been to two of them and my father went to the one in Chicago during the Great Depression. I am also very interested in reading about social class stories.


  10. I've been wanting to read this one, and the setting of the World's Fair sounds just great.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  11. This book sounds like an exciting story. I am putting it on my Wish List! Thank you for your review and the opportunity to win.

  12. Sounds like a fun story! And it has a great cover. Thank you for sending Band of Sisters all the way to Africa! I got it this week. (Yes the mail really took two months. I really want to know where all packages go and sit as they travel the world.) Looking forward to reading it as soon as my 40 day fiction fast is over. I'm trying to read more nonfiction...

  13. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  14. This sounds like a good story. I have not read this one yet. I would love to win.


  15. I have the first in the series on my Kindle. Guess I should read it soon!


  16. I have yet to read anything by Olivia, would love to read this one! Please enter me! Thanks and God bless!

  17. Rina -- good grief -- you only got it now?! Oh the stories it could tell! The exotic locales! LOL.

    Good luck everyone!

  18. Olivia Newport is a wonderful author! The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow sound like an exciting story. Thank you for a great review and giveaway!

  19. I can't wait to read this one!! I love the title!


  20. I read the enovella/prequel to this and love this author's style. Thanks for the chance to win her book! :)

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. Please enter me for this, Kav! Thanks!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  22. Please put my name in for Olivia's books. Thanks Kav.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  23. This sounds like a very interesting book that I'd very much like to read. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow.


  24. Dear Kav,
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway for the book, "The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow" by Olivia Newport.
    I love the cover and would love to win a copy too.
    Janet E.

  25. This sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!


  26. This is on my want to get list. Thanks so much for your review and give-a-way, Kav.