Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray

book review of Deception On Sable Hill by Shelley Gray (Zondervan) by papertapepins

The World's Fair is nearing its end, but the danger in Chicago lingers.

It's mid-September of 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball.

Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe-even if he can never earn her affections. .

Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa's and Sean's romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?

This is a light romantic suspense that was a joy to read. I loved this book from beginning to end, the characters and setting really keeping my focus and attention. This is historical fiction with enough detail to put you in the time and place but it doesn't bog down the suspense and action. This is one case where the mysterious circumstances were carried over from the first book - who is slashing, and in some cases murdering, rich young heiresses? The romance is clean, I'm happy to report, and the writer did a fair job of dealing with the fact that they are of different classes That is something that would not have been overlooked at the time and place. 

I don't want to give too much away so I'll end here but this is a well written, completely enjoyable historical romance with suspense and romance thrown in the mix. I highly recommend this one for your summer reading list!

I received this book from BookLook and 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 best seller 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. Visit her at Facebook: ShelleyShepardGray Twitter: @ShelleySGray

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