Jocelyn Green has once again penned a magnificent historical fiction tale—this time about the Chicago World’s Fair in the summer of 1893. I love how she entertains with a story while giving fascinating background on historical events and places. Filled with colorful, realistic, and engaging characters that come alive on the pages, this book kept me turning pages far past my bedtime. While the story evolves mostly on the relationship between Sylvie Townsend and the Polish immigrant girl, Rose Dabrowski, she has taken in as raised as her daughter, there is an added romantic element involving Kristof Bartok, a musician who seeks to help Sylvie when Rose disappears while at the Fair.
Green’s impeccable research, combined with her brilliant gift for storytelling made this a book bound for my keeper shelf. With lots of suspense, intrigue, a dash of romance, and inspiring truths woven through it, this tale has something for everyone. Themes of finding oneself, changing dreams, and trusting God give added depth and dimension.
“Just because you can’t control everything doesn’t mean it isn’t being handled. Trust the One who is far better at orchestrating every detail than we could ever be.”
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.
The one thing Sylvie Townsend wants most is what she feared she was destined never to have--a family of her own. But taking in Polish immigrant Rose Dabrowski to raise and love quells those fears--until seventeen-year-old Rose goes missing at the World's Fair, and Sylvie's world unravels.
Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder, Kristof Bartok, for help. He is Rose's violin instructor and the concertmaster for the Columbian Exposition Orchestra, and his language skills are vital to helping Sylvie navigate the immigrant communities where their search leads.
From the glittering architecture of the fair to the dark houses of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, they're taken on a search that points to Rose's long-lost family. Is Sylvie willing to let the girl go? And as Kristof and Sylvie grow closer, can she reconcile her craving for control with her yearning to belong?