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?
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by Deeanne Gist
by Kristan Higgins
by Deeanne Gist, J. Mark Bertrand
"Using her lovely and soothing voice, Amy Rubinate narrates this sweet, romantic glimpse back to a time gone by when life was slower and more formal and romantic relationships developed rather than just happened. Cullen McNamara, a cotton farmer's son, goes to Chicago in 1893 to display his invention, an automatic sprinkler system, at the World's Fair. Suffering from hearing loss, he develops a friendship that turns to love for the lovely and reserved Della Wentworth, who teaches the deaf at a demonstration at the fair. Rubinate's selection of voices for each character is spot-on. She gives a coarse sound to Cullen's illiterate girl back home, a precise and sweet tone to Della, and a deep, strong, and patient voice to Cullen. Her portrayals of various businessmen of the time are also pitch perfect. A.C.P. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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