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.

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