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It Happened At The Fair


Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading.

The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips.  Like the newly invented Ferris Wheel, he is caught in a whirl between his girl back home, his dreams as an inventor and his unexpected attraction to his new tutor.

Can he keep his feet on the ground
or will he be carried away?

As a special bonus, both the physical book and the eBook will have photographs of the real Fair dispersed throughout the novel! The photos in the physical book, however, are different than the photos in the eBook.  So no matter which version you buy, you'll be getting something exclusive.


Deeanne Gist never disappoints! … I just couldn’t put the book down… I love how the characters in this book are not perfect and have real life problems…they both are put into very funny, romantic but also serious situations.
Kissed Books, Salyna
Deeanne’s books are always amazing but this was one of her best.
Backing Books, Rebekah Gyger
For a creatively told story, I recommend finding out what happened at the fair.
Seasons of Humility, Amber S.
Gist brings the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 to life with rich detail and amazing characters.
— RT Book Reviews - 4 Stars
[It Happened at the Fair] is a fun romp through the famous Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 ... This is so well researched and so well plotted you feel like you are wandering through the fairgrounds ... I think many fans ... will want to put this on their must-read list!
A Fair Substitute for Heaven
It was so good, I read it twice! ...Reading of the wondrous exhibits and marvelous achievements made me feel like a proud American....and I’m Canadian!!
Faithful Books, Jodi
From first chuckle to last sigh, [It Happened at the Fair] made my five-star book shelves and my favorites for 2013.
Faithful Books, Jodi
The backdrop representation of all that man has achieved in history was beautifully juxtaposed with the thoughts and ideas that have held us back.
Backing Books, Rebekah Gyger
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.
Overcoming With God, Noela Nancarrow, 5 STARS