January 15, 2013
The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport - a Book Review
In this book, The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow, Charlotte feels a bit washed. I feel like this may have been a purposeful choice by the author to demonstrate the effect all of the problems Charlotte is facing have on her choices and thinking. Given the subject matter - a mother trying to protect her son from a bad father - I understand the need for a more serious book than most. However, I wish that this book could have been longer so that the really serious aspects could be explored while also allowing for better development of the Archie and Charlotte romance. I think that someone coming into this story flat - without having read the prior Avenue of Dreams book - would have a difficult time understanding why these two people love each other.
The World's Fair portion of the story remained in this book, though it was less prominent and less glamorous. Since Charlotte did not have Lucy's life of privilege - this was a natural transition. Also natural was mention of the labor disputes, riots, and other social shifts happening at this point in time - particularly in Chicago.
At the end of the day, I liked this book very well and am still looking forward to the last book in this series. I think we are introduced to the next leading character (Sarah) in the text of this volume, just like we initially met Charlotte in Lucy's story. Given that Sarah had very little individual character exploration in this volume (beyond her working personality), I think that book will standalone much better than this volume did.