What an enjoyable story! Secrets of Sloane House is the first book in Shelley Gray’s Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series and after reading the preview chapter for book two, I can’t 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 World’s 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 Rosalind’s 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 family’s 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 sister’s 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. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.