The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow
Chicago is hosting the 1893 World’s Fair, and the residents of Prairie Avenue and their staffs are counting down the days until the crowds stop milling around and invading their privacy. The private life of Charlotte Farrow, a servant in the Glessners’ home, is about to be exposed, therefore putting her job in jeopardy. On her days off, Charlotte spends time with her darling toddler son, Henry; she has secreted him and her past life far from Prairie Avenue. When his caretaker suddenly shows up at the Glessners’ home with him, Charlotte needs to make a split-second decision. Can she deny knowing him and watch as his care is given to another servant in the home? Her tension is sensed by Archie, a co-worker whose friendship never wavers, and who wants so much to have Charlotte open up to him and take their relationship to the next level. There are also the villains in the story who are ready to shatter Charlotte’s world.
This book is a fast read with great character development and interaction as we watch the relationships in the servants’ hall, as well as their relationships to those upstairs and their guests. This inspirational novel has many tender moments, and the voice of the author is never judgmental or preaching. A very enjoyable storyline with surprises and a satisfactory ending.