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Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series #1)

Shelley Gray, Shelley Shepard Gray
Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series #1)
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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. Howe... Read More

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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.
  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Softcover
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2014
  • UPC: 9780310338529
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Publish Date: Jul 8, 2014
  • Language: English
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "FIC042030"
  • ISBN: 0310338522

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Rooting for hearts that will need mending by Kathleen E. on 11/24/2014

Friday, November 21, 2014
Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray, © 2014
A Chicago World's Fair Mystery

Chicago, Illinois, 1893. The best schools, spacious houses along Michigan Avenue are not always sought by the parents of the debutantes ~ the young men are destined to make a good match to continue the style in which their family is accustomed.

Rosalind Perry has changed her name to Rosalind Pettit as she seeks Sloane House as a favorable employer to search for clues to the disappearance of her sister, Miranda Perry. Miranda had been in their employ and has not been heard from by her family in Wisconsin. Many have ventured to Chicago for employment during the World's Fair Expo. Whom can she trust? The staff are reluctant to speculate or divulge any tales of the former maid and Rosalind is warned not to bring past events up so as to keep their positions.

Secrets of Sloane House delves into the mixing of the staff and the young men of the families ~ friend or foe? Sadness in separation of the "classes." Rooting for hearts that will need mending, or stupidity in selection, you want to protect these girls from wrong choices of servitude.

***Thank you to BookLook Bloggers for sending me a copy of Shelley Gray's Secrets of Sloane House to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

Book 2 in The Chicago World's Fair Mysteries Series, Deception at Sable Hill, releases in the Spring of 2015.

The Guilded Age In Chicago by Maureen on 10/12/2014

Another great book from Shelley Gray, and again the setting is in Chicago at the time of the 1893 World’s Fair. How I loved being back and am becoming familiar with the layout and the buildings here, thanks to Shelley.
This book is a mystery that left a family with a hole in their hearts. A missing member, a sister, a daughter, where could she be? To find answers, a younger sister Rosalind decides she has to leave her Wisconsin farm home, and safety, and go to where her sister was last seen.
She takes off and enters a very unfamiliar world, and becomes a servant in the Sloane House, as her sister had before her. She is incognito, and looking for clues, where could her sister be? What a scary world she seems to have entered, having lived a rather sheltered life. Everything is so new, but she has to remember her station in life, if she is to exceed. Someone must know something?
We have arrived at a time when being in high society meant everything to the elite and here we also experience the Gilded Age Chicago. We meet some people who feel everyone accept them are subservient people; they have a protruding silver spoon in their mouths. Are they above the law? You feel that perhaps they are! There are others who appear quite the opposite and you have the feeling that there is some hope. I had the feeling that there were some who were walking with Satan, and other who loved the Lord.
Will Rosalind be able to stay on the right path, or will the evil that seems to pervade in Sloan House consume her? Don’t miss this one, a page-turner from beginning to end.

I received this book through Book Look Bloggers, and was not required to give a positive review.

Fast Paced Mystery by Jennifer on 8/28/2014

Personally, I do not read a lot of fiction books, especially historical fiction. I started reading this book hesitantly knowing that it wasn't my normal genre of reading material. Little did I know that I would spend six hours reading it because I could not put it down. I received this book in the mail on a Monday and finished it the following day.

Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Shepard Gray takes place in 1893 in Chicago during the World's Fair Expo. The main character Rosalind, is a small town farm girl that sets off to Chicago in hopes to find her sister that has mysteriously disappeared. While in Chicago, Rosalind takes a job as a house servant for a wealthy family in which her sister had worked for. During her journey in Chicago, she faces challenging situations and roadblocks as she unravels the mystery of her sister's disappearance. Several times she wants to give up and head back home but she relies on strength from God to get her through the tough times.

This book was very fast paced to read from beginning to end. I would highly recommend it for anyone that enjoys historical fiction and a good mystery.

***Disclosure: I received this book from Family Christian Bloggers program in exchange for review. ***

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