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    Grace Hitchcock
    Barbour Books / 2019 / ePub
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 103 Reviews
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  1. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The semi-factual story of Murder Castle
    July 6, 2019
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The White City.
    The White City is Grace Hitchcock's debut novel. It is also (I think) the first novel in Barbour Publishing's new True Colors series, fictional accounts of some of America's most infamous crimes. The White City is set around the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and the actions of the man considered America's first serial killer, Doctor H. H. Holmes. Holmes owned a hotel not far from the fair.

    A hotel filled with secret rooms that was later dubbed "Murder Castle". Winnifred Wylde is a wonderful heroine. She's clever and funny. She loves reading fiction, especially the thrilling romance novels by Percival Valentine. But she has an unfortunate habit of seeing crimes wherever she lookspossibly the result of being the daughter of a police inspector, but possibly the result of reading too many thrilling novels featuring the noble hero saving the heroine from the clutches of the evildoer.

    Winnifred is convinced she saw a man kidnapping a woman from the fair at gunpoint. But even her police inspector father can't arrest a man simply on his daughter's say-so. He needs proof. So Winnie decides to get proof, by taking an undercover job as a secretary with the man she suspects is responsible for the kidnapping. Her father appoints Detective Jude Thorpe to watch over her and help in her investigation.

    I will admit I was initially a little dubious about reading a novel with such a setting. It had the potential to be far too gruesome for my taste. However, it was not. The humour and light-hearted style were the perfect balance for the less savoury elements of the plot, especially as it became obvious that Winnie was right and her boss was up to no good.

    There was also the romance aspect. Jude is attracted to Winnie and thinks she might return his regard, but her father has made it clear that Winnie is not to marry a policeman. Her aunt is trying to set her up with a Mr. Covington, who is a perfectly nice gentleman but who doesn't make her heart race. As an aside, I'm not usually a fan of the other man/other woman plot, but it worked perfectly in The White City.

    Overall, The White City is an excellent historical romantic suspense novel. The mix of fact and fiction reminded me of Elizabeth Camden's historical fiction, while the light-hearted tone was more reminiscent of Jen Turano or Karen Witemeyer. Recommended.

    Thanks to Barbour Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  2. IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Irresistibly unconventional heroine!
    May 23, 2019
    BethErin
    IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The White City.
    Delightful banter kept the mood light without detracting from the heart-pumping action and mind-bending mystery! The head-strong unconventional heroine is perfectly paired with a simply wonderful (no spoiler) hero!

    Winnifred's personality doesn't quite fit in the figurative glass tower her well-meaning father would like to hide her away in. Despite their differing opinions, it's clear that the father/daughter duo are wrapped up in a tangle of grief and expectations. Winnifred's spunk and intelligence serve her well and she's definitely a character I'd love to revisit from time to time.

    Fans of Mary Connealy, Jen Turano, or Regina Jennings will especially enjoy this story's light-hearted vibe and action-packed plot. I highly recommend this book and look forward to future works from this author!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love blooms amidst mystery during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair
    May 8, 2019
    Johnnie Lu Stephens
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The White City.
    Writing in unabashed Victorian style, Hitchcock lays out her detective story against the excitement of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Straining against her whalebone stays and the mores of the Victorian era - exhibited mainly by her father's restrictions on her comings and going - our heroine, Winnifred Wylde, manages to track down a murderous villain who preys upon young women. Under the watchful eyes of Jude Thorpe, a handsome young policeman assigned by her father to watch over her, Winnifred proves herself to be clever and brave. Innocent love blooms between Winnie and Jude as the straightforward plot unfolds with few surprises. This first novel will be most enjoyable to young adult females.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Intriguing, mysterious with some very tense moments!
    May 8, 2019
    Academy252
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The White City.
    This was quite a different read for me. It is part romance novel, historical fiction, and a true crime story all rolled into one. This story held a great deal of mystery and had lots of twists and turns along the way. It is the first in this new series called True Colors and it is a first book for Grace Hitchcock. It is a Christian fiction novel so it is not graphic like many true crime stories but I can assure you that it is realistic!

    This story takes place during the Chicago World Fair in 1893. There was talk of crimes being committed in abundance during this time. The story opens with our main character, Winnifred Wylde, the daughter of a Chicago Police inspector, witnessing a kidnapping. When she takes this information to her father he chalks it up to her wild imagination. She was an avid reader of adventure romance books and her father just thought she might be seeing something that was not there. She was adamant about it and out of concern her father assigned a bodyguard, Jude Thorpe, just to make sure she remained safe.

    Being the inquisitive woman that she was she pursued this matter further until she discovered an unusual man named Henry Howard Holmes. She got permission to go undercover as a secretary to investigate the matter further. Her goal was to discover if he was involved in some kind of crime and maybe even find out what happened to the woman she saw being kidnapped. She had no idea how deep this went. Would she get in over her head with this one?

    It is an intriguing book with lots of twists and turns and connections I did not anticipate quickly. H. H. Holmes is a real character in history and a dangerous one at that. Learn more about his story and the adventure that Winnifred and her detective friend Jude Thorpe encounter as they seek out the truth of what happens to the woman in the green dress.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Such an exciting, suspenseful story
    May 5, 2019
    lesacap1262
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The White City.
    Historical Fiction can be so much fun, it's so interesting. Who knew the first documented American serial killer was roaming around Chicago during the 1893 World's Fair.

    The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed. A Christian Fiction with a mysterious twist and a bit of romance. It was really a pleasure to read. The fact that the events depicted were based on an actual case made it even more interesting.

    This is the first installment on a new series from Barbour Books called True Colors - Historical Stories of American Crime. I can't wait for the next one, such an intriguing series!

    We meet Winnifred Wylde at the fair, in the tea room with an exhaustingly boring date. As she looks out the doors from her table she is certain she has witnessed a crime. A woman being grabbed and taken. As fast as she can she runs to the scene but the woman is gone.

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    Her father is the Chief of Police and she heads right to this office to report this crime. Her father and the other officers do not take her seriously. As an avid reader she has often witnessed other wrong doings, the officers think this is another one from her imagination.

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    Not to be swayed she decides to visit the fair each day until she sees the perpetrator again. He father is not on board but assigns one of his officers to follow her to ensure her safety. She discovers Detective Jude Thorpe on the first day. He is embarrassed and does not wish to tell his boss his undercover skills were discovered, so he agrees to accompany her to see if they see him again.

    Once they find him, she seeks conversation and is offered a job as a secretary, he has a hotel that is in the process of being remodeled and he needs a secretary to help him. Her father does not want her to take this job but finally agrees if she takes her small gun for safety and that she is trained to go undercover and then accompanied by Detective Thorpe.

    Will she be able to discover the deep secrets of H. H. Holme's activity, is he guilty of taking the girl at the fair? Where is she now? And what will happen between Winnifred and the detective.

    I really enjoyed this book, I found it exciting, romantic, a bit nerve-wracking, and I love going back in time to read how things were done.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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