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Zondervan / 2014 / ePub

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9780310338536
ISBN-13: 9780310338536
UPC: 025986338534
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Publisher's Description

Against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago family—a family who may guard the secret of her sister’s 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.

“It’s simple, Rosalind,” she says. “I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the country’s greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids.”

Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalind’s plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid there—and 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 World’s 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 maid—and struggles to appease her jealous mistress—she probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sister’s mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.

Author Bio

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 bachelor’s and master’s 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 Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

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  1. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
    November 30, 2014
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Rosalind 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.
  2. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rooting for hearts that will need mending
    November 24, 2014
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Friday, 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.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing Mystery!
    November 18, 2014
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What an enjoyable story! Secrets of Sloane House is the first book in Shelley Grays Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery series and after reading the preview chapter for book two, I cant wait to read that story, as well.

    Secrets of Sloane House started out a little slowly for me as the author set the stage and introduced all of the characters. But, the storyline always held my interest and the setting of a very wealthy Chicago home during the height of the Worlds Fair was intriguing. Once I hit the halfway mark in the book, the story just took off and I could hardly set it down!

    I really liked Rosalinds character and how much she grew throughout the book. When she arrived in Chicago to find out what happened to her sister, she was a rather timid and scared creature. By the end of the story, Rosalind had gained a lot of courage and her relationship with God was stronger, too.

    Reid was also a very likeable character. He carried a lot of burdens related to past events and to his familys position in society. All through the book, I enjoyed watching him try to fight his attraction to a common maid, while still working to help her uncover the mystery of her sisters disappearance.

    I enjoyed how the author brought everything together in the end of the book and the way the romance developed between Rosalind and Reid. I am so excited to read the next book in the series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
  4. Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    History. . .Secrets. . .Adventure. . .Love. . .Faith
    November 10, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Rosalind begins the journey of finding her sister as a very quiet, meek, and scared young lady, but as the begins to uncover clues about her sister's disappearance she realizes time is of the essence and each day her boldness and courage grows along with her relationship with Christ. The residents and employees of the Sloane House seem kind and considerate in the beginning, but the longer Rosalind is in their proximity she realizes they are quite callous and hard-hearted with only cares and concerns for themselves. They crush and degrade anyone that gets in their way. . .

    Reid is doing his best to make the most of the life he has been given by his father and mother. His parents weren't always among the wealthy and are somewhat new to the elite social circle. Reid's parents desire for him to marry into a wealthy, influential family and live a life with all the bells and whistles of the upper class. When Reid begins to have feelings for Rosalind, a mere maid, things start to unravel in his perfect life and he wonders if marrying into a wealthy family is truly all that important. . .

    Secrets of Sloane House is book number one in The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series. This book held my attention throughout the entire story. And the ending. . .was a total shock! I do believe my mouth fell open in complete surprise. I admire an author who can weave a spell-bounding story with an ending that catches the reader off guard {in a good way}. Shelley Gray does exactly this and I applaud her writing abilities.

    What I loved most about this book and the relationship Reid has with his Heavenly Father. He places Christ first in his life and truly desires to have God's will lead him. Rosalind as well grows in her faith and later in the book realizes she must allow the Lord to direct her steps for only He can help her find her sister. I always appreciate fiction books with an emphasis on God and a personal relationship with Him; it's a blessing and encouragement.

    What I loved least about this book was Rosalind and Reid's relationship. It was obvious that their feelings grew for one another throughout the story, but I would have liked a little more spark between the two. Maybe it's just me being "too picky," but their relationship lacked excitement. Also, the Chicago World's Fair is mentioned in the book, but is visited by Rosalind and Reid only a few times. I would have loved more history and scenes at the fair - maybe in the next book? Speaking of the next book, I am already looking forward to book number two!

    All-in-all Secrets of Sloane House is well-worth reading and will hopefully leave your mouth hanging open in surprise just like it did to me.

    ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets of Sloane House
    October 31, 2014
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Reid Armstrong is trying to fit in to society as best he can. His parents are middle class, but his father struck it rich with an investment in a silver mine, catapulting their wealth exponentially. Now, after attending the best schools and learning all the intricacies of society, Reid is expected to put his training to good use as his parents want him to make a good match and marry a society belle. Reid, however, is drawn to a maid at a friends house. He learns of her mission to find her missing sister and offers to help. He initially heeds his parents wishes as to his marital status, but the more time he spends with Rosalind, the more intrigued he is by her.

    Rosalind Perry has arrived in Chicago to work as a maid at Sloane House where her sister used to work as well. Her sister used to send letters and money home to their farm in Wisconsin, but then the letters suddenly stopped. Her sister had hinted in her last couple of letters that she was afraid, but wasnt specific as to what she was afraid of. Rosalinds father traveled to Chicago, trying to get some answers to his daughters disappearance, but was rebuffed by the Sloane family as well as the police. Rosalind has arrived to find out the truth though she uses a different last name to sleuth undercover. She is timid and in awe of the city and the many people there. She doesnt learn a whole lot about her sister, but when Reid defends her she tells him her plight. He promises to help and gives her aid when she needs it most. Will she ever find out what really happened to her sister?

    I really wanted to like this book a lot, but the story just fell flat for me. The two main characters didnt come to life for me or make me care what happened to them or their relationship. I read the summary on the back cover and thought the book would be exciting and looked forward to a good whodunit; however, the book didnt live up to the synopsis. There wasnt much action and tension to lead up to the climax of the story. The events didnt seem to build on each other to ratchet up the tension, so when the mystery is solved, it just didnt fulfill my expectations. The setting of the Chicago Worlds Fair was a great idea, and the depiction of the relationship between the wealthy and their servants in most wealthy households was accurate and well-researched. The amount of work required of a maid was enormous and the expectations and sacrifice high, which the author showed well. There is a brief excerpt from the next book in the series, Deception at Sable Hill, which features Eloisa Carstairs as the main character and is due to be released in the Spring of 2015 that sounds intriguing. I look forward to the next book and hopefully that mystery will be more satisfying.
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