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Deeanne Gist

Deeanne Gist

Deeanne Gist -- known to her family, friends, and fans as Dee -- has rocketed up the bestseller lists and captured readers everywhere with her very original, very fun historical & contemporary love stories. Add to this four RITA nominations, two consecutive Christy Awards, rave reviews, and a growing loyal fan base, and you've got one recipe for success.
Deeanne Gist: All's Fair

Deeanne Gist: All's Fair

(June 2013)
Rel Mollet
Setting her latest novel in the 1893 World’s Colombian Exposition or the Chicago World Fair was irresistible to historical romance author Deeanne Gist. A pivotal event for a young America, Dee wonders why it is left out of school history classes.

“It set the standard for architecture in the upcoming century,” she explains. “Introduced foreign cultures; wowed the world with our scientific innovations; and it gave women their first official board position recognized and approved by an Act of Congress.”

In It Happened at the Fair (Howard Books), Cayden McNamara takes his most recent invention—an automatic fire extinguisher—to Chicago, 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 lipreading.

“I found two huge, oversized albums filled with pictures and descriptions of the Fair. In one was a picture of a woman teaching children. It turned out she and the children were part of an exhibit and she was teaching them to lip-read. I immediately thought of all kinds of fun scenarios that could take place with a heroine that could lip read. I didn’t find out about the noise in Machinery Palace until later. So that certainly worked out!”

Through the eyes of her heroine, Della, Dee describes the wonders that amazed the more than 27 million visitors: “Colossal white buildings; Edison’s 40-foot tower of electric lights; Venetian gondolas gliding through man-made canals; and the first-ever Ferris Wheel, which took 2,000 people at a time to dizzying heights.” However, it is a Holland windmill that Della visits most often, says Dee. “Instead of grinding meal, the giant blades power a chocolate grater and serve the best hot cocoa ever.”

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of FamilyFiction digital magazine. Subscribe for free today!


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