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  1. Secrets of Sloane House - eBookeBOOK
    Secrets of Sloane House - eBook
    Shelley Shepard Gray
    Zondervan / 2014 / ePub
    $9.99
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 24 Reviews
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    CBD Stock No: WW48927EB
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Couldn't put it down
    June 21, 2015
    Robin
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This 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.
  2. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
    November 30, 2014
    LeAnne
    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.
  3. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Rooting for hearts that will need mending
    November 24, 2014
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    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.
  4. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing Mystery!
    November 18, 2014
    Britt98
    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.
  5. Colorado
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    History. . .Secrets. . .Adventure. . .Love. . .Faith
    November 10, 2014
    Peaches
    Colorado
    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. **
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