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3.00095785440613 out of 53.00095785440613 out of 53.00095785440613 out of 53.00095785440613 out of 53.00095785440613 out of 5 3.00 (2,088 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Austin Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781436116367
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Set in 1893 and seasoned with wholesome humor, A Proper Pursuit tells the uplifting story of twenty-year-old Violet Hayes and her search for her elusive mother and for true love.

Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie—her mom didn’t really leave for a sanitarium eleven years ago. But why then did she leave?

Under cover of visiting the World’s Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts. In her quest for her mother, Violet soon discovers much about faith, life, and love as she marches for women’s rights, feeds slum dwellers, hob-knobs with the highfalutin, plays piano for evangelistic meetings, and ponders various marriage proposals.

Lynn Austin, multiple Christy Award–winning author of A Woman’s Place, creates vivid historical settings with vibrant characters.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this new historical novel by a most talented author, Austin works her magic to captivate her readers’ attention without burdening with overdone details.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Austin delivers her strongest offering yet…Readers will enjoy accompanying Violet as she discovers the answers, her calling, and her adult self.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Austin delivers another agreeable saga that draws on America’s rich, turbulent history and features distinctive characters. This sure winner will please readers who enjoy high-spirited, adventurous heroines and vivid details of bygone eras. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2008 Christy Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 2/17/2014

    " This is one of my absollute favorites of Lynn Austin's books! It was really well written and I loved the plot of the book it kept me guessing until the end. I feel God calling me to pursue a career in acting and this is one of the books that f I ever end up doing directing later on that I would love to turn into a movie!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah Boutwell | 2/14/2014

    " A girl's struggle to find all the pieces of her past and come to terms with her future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jasmin | 2/12/2014

    " This book is one of the best I have read in a long while. I loved the story. I loved the Characters and all there quirky layers and rich personalities. The main characters(Violet's) experiences and her inner monologue with all its emotions dilemma felt so genuine and relatable. I totally lost myself in Violet, in her time period, in the places she went and experiences she had. What a fun enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 2/11/2014

    " A fun historical fiction. Loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/2/2014

    " My first Lynn Austin book and I loved it. Hilarious and poignant and I loved the characters. I look forward to reading more or her work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Francis | 1/19/2014

    " I think this book deserves 4 1/2 stars. It was so much fun to read. I laughed more in this book than any other I have read this year. I loved all the witty comments & the characters are so well developed. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/17/2014

    " This was a good light hearted read and was interesting as it took place during the time of D.L. Moody and the World's Fair in Chicago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 1/12/2014

    " Set in the last part of the 19th century in Chicago, this is a light and entertaining book about coming of age and falling in love during the time of the Women's Suffrage movement. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candy | 12/30/2013

    " Could not put this book down and din't want it to end! Loved the history of Chicago as part of the story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 12/21/2013

    " Another book by Lynn Austin that I thoroughly enjoyed. She paints the picture of the times (in this case 1893) beautifully! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joellen | 12/5/2013

    " a young girl goes to stay with her grandmother and great aunts in Chicago in the 1800's during the worlds fair. She is in search of her mother. There is mystery and a lot of drama involved as she searches for the truth of her past and for the true love of her future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jo | 12/4/2013

    " A light read that made me giggle - and I can gladly admit I am so grateful I didn't live during this time... Fun historical information, quick read for during the Christmas holidays... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lauren | 11/29/2013

    " Couldn't finish it, so I gave it two instead of just one! Characters weren't very developed, so it didn't suck me in like it could have had it been more character-driven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teral | 11/19/2013

    " A fun book to read with a dash of history, some romance and life's experiences but the ending although sweet was predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 3/30/2013

    " LOVED this book. Just such a fun, light read but also funny and entertaining. Clean romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shoonieb | 12/5/2012

    " Oh my. This book was all over the place, but I totally liked it. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be this naive...oh wait, maybe I already know the answer to that. Super fun predictable and fluffy. Just what suits me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 3/8/2012

    " I enjoyed the story, but it was very long! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 11/1/2011

    " I really liked this book, it gave a good description of Chicago in the late 1800's. It was also good to see how far we have come as women since that time! I didn't want this book to end, because I wanted to see what happens next! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cami | 10/2/2011

    " Loved it! Probably my favorite Lynn Austin book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 8/20/2011

    " I like this period - surprised I liked it in spite of it not being in Great Britain! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theemilyray | 5/12/2011

    " Delightful read from beginning to end. Filled with humor, history, and crazy aunts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amorie | 5/4/2011

    " This was a very cute book. Fun story with good mystery and fun romantic tension.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 5/4/2011

    " I have to say that from the first page i was hooked. I love 18th Century reads. It felt very Jane Austin like to me. I was a great book and i torn through it in less then 36 hours. Cant wait to read more of your books. I'm a huge fan now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheri | 4/27/2011

    " Set in the last part of the 19th century in Chicago, this is a light and entertaining book about coming of age and falling in love during the time of the Women's Suffrage movement. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/22/2011

    " A fun, sweet, romantic, historical novel. Nice light, feel-good reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/27/2011

    " My first Lynn Austin book and I loved it. Hilarious and poignant and I loved the characters. I look forward to reading more or her work. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 2/24/2011

    " fluff - the book tries to deal with weighty issues like womens rights but in the end this is a bad romance novel. It gets a star for detailing what was the magical Chicago Worlds Fair less than 30 years after the great fire. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 2/7/2011

    " Got annoyed with the main character. Stopped reading midway through. Skimmed the ending. The author has written far better books than this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamee | 2/4/2011

    " Oh, I am in love. I also believe that I was born in the wrong era. haha. Actually, I can't stop gushing! This book was such a fun read. Nothing to serious. I loved Violet, and I felt everything and loved seeing life through her eyes. I am excited to read more books by Lynn Austin! "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is an award-winning author of historical fiction novels. Five of her books, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Until We Reach Home, received Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction. Her novel Hidden Places was also made into a movie for the Hallmark channel, receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2006. She received her BA from Southern Connecticut State University and studied biblical backgrounds and Archeology at Southwestern Theological Seminary. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she currently lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Jennifer Ikeda has been narrating audiobooks since 2002. Among her readings are When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park; Just Listen by Sarah Dessen; and After the Wreck, I Picked Myself Up, Spread My Wings, and Flew Away by Joyce Carol Oates. She has won six AudioFile Earphones Awards.