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Secrets of Sloane House

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Book Description

One woman’s search for the truth of her sister’s disappearance leads her to deceit and danger in 1893 Chicago.

Rosalind Perry has left her family’s rural farm in Wisconsin to work as a housemaid at Sloane House, one of the most elegant mansions in Gilded Age Chicago. However, Rosalind is not there just to earn a living and support her family—she’s at Sloane House determined to discover the truth about her sister’s mysterious disappearance.

Reid Armstrong is the handsome heir to a silver fortune. However, his family is on the periphery of Chicago’s elite because their wealth comes from “new money” obtained from successful mining. Marriage to Veronica Sloane would secure his family’s position in society—the lifelong dream of his ailing father.

When Reid begins to realize that Rosalind’s life may be in danger, he stops thinking of marriage prospects and concentrates on helping Rosalind. Dark things are afoot in Chicago and, he fears, in Sloane House. If he’s not vigilant, Rosalind could pay the price.

Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.

About the Author

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 bestseller 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.


My Thoughts

This book was hard to put down!  It had such a pull to keep reading!  Rosalind’s bravery despite her personality naturally being more reserved was inspiring, and Reid – although at first he was not my favorite character – his plight amid the social station and keeping up appearances shone through.  I felt it gave a really good look at just how stark the difference between the social classes were.  You also will quickly discover one particular character who you won’t be able to stand!  I got a real Downton Abbey sort of vibe from it as well.  I had never read any of Shelley Gray’s books, but I can’t wait to read the next book in this series!

* The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookLook Bloggers.

Win 2 Pairs of Pumas Trinomic XT1s! Scavenger Hunt!

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Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt?  I wouldn’t call this one necessarily old-fashioned, since it uses social media (Twitter) to send out its clues, but it sounds super fun nonetheless!  Puma’s new Trinomic XT1s are coming out, and to make it a grand coming out, JDSports and Puma have teamed up to let you win some great shoes!


So, how does it work?  It will happen in multiple cities, starting in London today (or because of the time difference, London may have already happened), and ending in New York.  Obviously, most of my readers won’t be able to take part in the England cities, but I know a lot of you are in the New York City area, so you might want to play along!  To participate, you’ll want to follow on Twitter for the clues and get busy sleuthing for those shoes!  Hopefully YOU will be the person to find the location of the storage Krate with the winning token for both colors of the Puma XT1 in your size!

Follow the magazine in your city from the list below, stand by for clues and get searching:

London: @Flavourmag
Bristol: @Wordplaymag
Manchester: @Fluxmagazine
Liverpool: @Halcyonmag
New York: @ComplexMag

If you’re the first to find the JD x Puma Krate, snap a selfie and upload it to Twitter, tagging the magazine in your city from the list above, @JDSportsfashion and with the hashtag #JDXPUMA to claim your prize.

Good luck.

Buy the PUMA XT1s at JD Sports

Terms and conditions

1. To be in with a chance to enter the competition events are taking place in London via Flavour mag on the 18th of March 2015, Bristol via wordplay mag on the 20th of March 2015, Manchester via Flux mag on the 22nd of March 2015, Liverpool via Halcyon Mag on the 24th of March 2015 and New York via Complex Mag on the 26th of March 2015.

2. There will be one puma branded trainer display box to find in each city, once the box is found, to claim the prize, the winner would have to follow the instructions which are located in the box, which will include instructions on how to contact us. When the winner contacts us, we will respond either via Twitter or email within 2 days with full details of the prize and how to claim the prize. The winner may forfeit their right to the prize if they fail to respond to communications from us within a reasonable period.

3. The prize is two pairs of the Puma XT1’s in each colour way, sizes are restricted to what we have in stock, the puma XT1 do not come in ½ sizes.

4. The Competition is not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

5. The winner will receive their prize within two months of receiving confirmation that they have won the prize.

6. The decision of JD Sports Fashion PLC is final and binding on all the entrants, the running of the competition and the winner.

7. No correspondence will be entered into regarding the selection of the winner. JD Sports Fashion PLC has the right to change, alter or withdraw the competition at any time if circumstances make this necessary.

8. Employees (and their immediate family) of JD Sports Fashion PLC, its associated companies or anyone else professionally connected with this competition are not eligible to enter the competition. The prize may not be exchanged for a cash value, nor is it transferable. If the prize is not available JD Sports Fashion PLC is under no obligation to supply an alternative prize.

9. For the name and county of the winner please send a S.A.E. to the JD Sports Fashion Group, Multi-Channel Department, Hollinsbrook Way, Pilsworth, Bury Lancashire, BL9 8RR.


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