Sunday, October 26, 2014

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

book review of Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray (Zondervan) by papertapepins

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.

I enjoyed this story, but then I already knew Shelley Gray was a fantastic storyteller. I'm so happy to see something non Amish from her as that's not my favourite genre. 

Set in Chicago during the World's Fair, that side of the story alone is intriguing. Much more is going on in Sloane House. There are dark secrets that both the family and the servants are keeping. They seem to know more than they are willing to say about the disappearance of Rosalind's sister, Miranda. No one wants her looking into the disappearance. She's determined to find answers for the sake of her worried family back in Wisconsin. 

She comes into service in this grand house not fully realizing how hard it will be, both emotionally and physically. She figures that since she's grown up on a farm and she's used to hard work it won't be a problem but the hours are long and the stress is high. It's an eye opener, and her job demands far more of her time than she had expected so it's hard to fit in the sleuthing. It's hard to know who really are her friends and who to trust. 

I can't wait for the next book in the series, centered around Eloisa Carstairs, another interesting character we've been introduced to in this book.

I received this book from Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan.

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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