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Against the backdrop of the 1893 Worlds Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago familya family who may guard the secret of her sisters disappearance.
Sloane House is among the most gilded mansions of Gilded Age Chicago. Rosalind Perry, the new housemaid, pours the morning coffee before the hard gaze of her mistress.
"Its simple, Rosalind," she says. "I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the countrys greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids."
Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalinds plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid thereand follow the clues to why she disappeared.
Now, as a live-in housemaid to the Sloanes, Rosalind realizes her plan had been woefully simple-minded.
She was ignorant of the hard, hidden life of a servant in a big, prominent house; of the divide between the Sloane family and the people who served them; and most of all, she had never imagined so many people could live in such proximity and keep such dark secrets.
Yet, while Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. The Worlds Fair has brought a new kind of crime to the city . . . and a lonely young woman is always at risk. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane.
As Rosalind continues to disguise her kinship to the missing maidand struggles to appease her jealous mistressshe probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sisters mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.
Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in Southern Ohio. Visit her website at www.shelleyshepardgray.com Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray
MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Danger in the Windy City!December 22, 2015MagisterMichiganAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 0I scrambled to get this book at my local library because I had enjoyed its sequel (Whispers in the Reading Room) so much. It did not disappoint! I finished over just two (busy, pre-Christmas) days because I could not put it down.
Loved the characters in this book, and their search to find not only answers about Miranda but themselves and their place in God's plan. Historical fiction is always interesting to me, and this book was accurate in terms of each person's perception of their place in the social strata. As a lover of Downton Abbey, I especially enjoyed this American look at life "upstairs/downstairs."
Rosalind leaves her family's farm in Wisconsin to hire on as a maid in the great house where her sister worker before going missing. She doesn't reveal her identity (and even uses a false last name), but she isn't the only one keeping secrets!
Another character with identity issues is Reid Armstrong, a friend of the powerful Sloane family who employs Rosalind. His father is "new money" and Reid himself is still finding his way in the upper crust of Chicago society since his final year at Harvard.
I enjoyed how each of these characters evolved - eventually being honest within themselves about their history and motives and their need to depend upon the Lord. Of course, every romance needs a happy ending, and Reid and Rosalind do not disappoint us in this respect.
This book was more suspenseful than its sequel, but both were excellent reads. Can't wait to delve into the first book in this series - what an interesting time in one of my favorite towns!
Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A mystery set in the Gilded AgeJuly 7, 2015Pam BurkePotosi, MOAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I have enjoyed several Amish books by Shelley Shepard Gray. But I think this series set in Chicago's high society in the Gilded Age (written under the name Shelley Gray) might be my favorites of her books so far. Secrets of Sloane House grabbed my attention from the first page and held it to the very end.
Shelley's vivid descriptions transported me to a fascinating time in America's history, a time I had not read much about until fairly recently. The drastic distinctions between the "haves" and the "have-nots" come through sharply and set the tone for the mystery and romance that are so engaging throughout. There is a host of well-developed characters throughout the story -- some who are easy to love and others you love to hate.
In the introductory pages of this book, it is described in the following terms: "Downton Abbey comes to Chicago . . ." I would imagine that fans of that series would definitely find themselves enjoying Shelley's story with its similar setting. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for well-written Christian historical fiction.
Thanks to Shelley Gray and her publisher for providing a copy of Secrets of Sloane House some time ago. It was a pleasure to read and review this great book!
Robin5 Stars Out Of 5Couldn't put it downJune 21, 2015RobinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This story has it all. Strong and well written characters, excellent historical information, and even a great mystery. Everything was so very real as I read it was as if I was a character in the story. A young woman from the country matures as she works as a maid in a most prominant home in Chicago during the Chicago World's Fair. The class distinction was wonderfully portrayed so that I got more than a glimpse of what life was like at that time. I am not sure I can do justice to this book. All I can say is, I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy historical, Christian fiction. Wonderful.
LeAnneGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley GrayNovember 30, 2014LeAnneGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Rosalind is not just a new maid at Sloane House, she is also there undercover. She and her family desperately wanted to know what has happened to her missing Sister who used to work there. Rosalind knows she must do whatever she can to solve the mystery. But she may find herself in more danger then she planned. Especially if the carefully kept secrets of Sloane House come to light.
Reid Armstrong knows he should marry well to secure his family's place in society. But when he learns that Rosalind's life may be in danger he knows he must help. But as things unfold even he may be to late.
I enjoyed this book from the beginning, and it did not disappoint! The characters were well done and I could defiantly see the different personalities. The story takes place in Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair, and it was interesting to see what the city was like at that time. Although it was a very dangerous time and many things were happening around the city. But this story had a lot of mystery in it and was a great book. I definitely recommend this book and I look forward to the next book coming out!
I received this book free from the publisher, Zondervan, through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. The opinions are my own.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Rooting for hearts that will need mendingNovember 24, 2014KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Friday, November 21, 2014
Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray, 2014
A Chicago World's Fair Mystery
Chicago, Illinois, 1893. The best schools, spacious houses along Michigan Avenue are not always sought by the parents of the debutantes ~ the young men are destined to make a good match to continue the style in which their family is accustomed.
Rosalind Perry has changed her name to Rosalind Pettit as she seeks Sloane House as a favorable employer to search for clues to the disappearance of her sister, Miranda Perry. Miranda had been in their employ and has not been heard from by her family in Wisconsin. Many have ventured to Chicago for employment during the World's Fair Expo. Whom can she trust? The staff are reluctant to speculate or divulge any tales of the former maid and Rosalind is warned not to bring past events up so as to keep their positions.
Secrets of Sloane House delves into the mixing of the staff and the young men of the families ~ friend or foe? Sadness in separation of the "classes." Rooting for hearts that will need mending, or stupidity in selection, you want to protect these girls from wrong choices of servitude.
***Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for sending me a copy of Shelley Gray's Secrets of Sloane House to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Book 2 in The Chicago World's Fair Mysteries Series, Deception at Sable Hill, releases in the Spring of 2015.