The Invention of Sarah Cummings, by Olivia Newport, is the third book in her Avenue of Dreams Series based in Chicago. Sarah Cummings was introduced in the Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow book when she began working for the Banning household. As soon as I read about her in that book, I didn’t particularly like her, and it took a good majority of the newest book for me to start liking her. Sarah always seemed to think she was too good to be working for the Banning family, as she had dreams of being a part of the upper class. Sarah invents a new identity, Serena Cuthbert, which allows her to create a place for herself in upper society. She is able to keep up this charade by dressing the part by re-fashioning the gowns given to her by the Banning family.
I really have enjoyed all of the books in this series, and I ended up enjoying this book, but I didn’t really connect with the Character of Sarah as much as I had the others in previous books. I don’t know if this book would have been as enjoyable if I had read it as a stand-alone, but I did end up liking the growth of the main character as she found out what was important in life.
Available September 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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