07 October 2014

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

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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.

What drew me first to Shelley Gray’s Secrets of Sloane House was the setting. Placed during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, this novel’s setting is exquisite and captivating – and I love reading books with the World’s Fair in the backdrop, so I couldn’t resist picking up this novel. Then, Gray adds in great characters, intriguing mystery and challenging romance, and I couldn’t put down this novel. Rosalind’s journey to understand what happened to her sister kept me thoroughly engaged and I just loved it. I think fans of historical fiction and mystery will enjoy Secrets of Sloane House and I certainly recommend it. Now, I can’t wait to read what Gray has next in store for the Chicago World’s Fair.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of Secrets of Sloane House and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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.

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