My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Cullen is a young inventor, his father wanting him to go for his dreams has purchased his tickets and applied for him to go to the World Fair in Chicago. Cullen's invention is the automatic fire sprinkler, it's the next step in fire safety and prevention. It could save the lives of many. But he's having a hard time selling any because he can't prove it works.
Della is a young attractive lady who is a teacher for deaf children, teaching them how to read lips rather then use sign language. The whole purpose is to treat them as if they where like everyone else. But is this way of thinking and teaching only going to make them stand out more? Make them feel even less then normal when they are able to read the hate full things people say about them because they are "different"? They are living in a time where to be different, means there is something wrong with you, you're dumb and you should be locked up in the mad house.
Cullen is losing his hearing in one of his ears and with the help of Della's private lessons he starting read lips. Through these lessons and outings together feelings start to grow between the two. But the thing is there is a girl back home who Cullen is to marry but now he's doubting if ever really loved her in the first place.
It Happened at the Fair is a sweet story. With blooming and unexpected love, heartbreak, tragedy. The connection between Della and Cullen made me smile many times and we witness it growing through out the story.
I really enjoyed the pictures through out, it really helped in placing me at the fair with them. Looking forward continuing this series.
Review copy provided by Howard Books, via NetGalley.
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