Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review - "Secrets of Sloane House"

Book Description from the publisher:

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.

My Review:

First of all, I was drawn to this book because of the cover, just look at it!  It has a vintage feel (look) to it, it is beautiful and mysterious both at the same time as well!  The story within this book is wonderful also and I was immediately hooked on the story and drawn into the characters' lives.  Rosalind is a great main character as she is intriguing, strong, determined, and one whom is easy to cheer for.  Reid is a good main character as he is conflicted as to what he should do and his where his loyalty lies and the priorities in life at the moment.  The backdrop of the World's Fair was a great choice and the setting was really brought to life.  I enjoyed spending time in this time period and in the midst of a historic event.   I am looking forward to more books in this series!

*Thanks to BookLook Bloggers Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*

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