I 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.