The Invention of Sarah Cummings
The Invention of Sarah Cummings by Olivia Newport
Avenue of Dreams #3
Pub: Sept 1, 2013
3 of 5 stars
Eager to break into a new life as part of Chicago’s elite class, parlor maid Sarah reinvents herself as Serena Cuthbert, but struggles to keep her real life and the one of her dreams from intersecting.
Sarah stood on the sidewalk in front of the Chicago Coliseum, her hand resting in the crook of Bradley Townsend’s arm. I am Serena Cuthbert.
Have you ever watched a movie where you find yourself cringing the entire way through because the characters are digging themselves such a hole that you don’t know how they’ll ever free themselves from it? Sarah Cummings is one of those characters. Talented, ambitious, and confident, she’s a fascinating character, and one that you find yourself cheering for despite her terrible, terrible ideas. Like the earlier books in the series, this one is a stand-alone (which I love!) that incorporates the characters from the other books in ‘cameo’ roles. And like the previous books, this one has passing references to historical events, but isn’t really strictly about any of those.
The romance was sweet, albeit rather one-sided until the very last part, and readers who enjoyed the first two books in the series are likely to be quite happy with this one as well.