Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review: Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

Secrets of Sloane House
(Chicago Wordl's Fair Mystery, #1)
by Shelley Gray
Adult Christian Romance
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 3.68
Published by: Zondervan
Published on: July 29, 2014
Pages: 352

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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. 
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Disclaimers: I received an ebook from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review. 

An overview of the Novel: Rosalind's sister started working there in the bustling city  of Chicago, a city full of danger, but then she went missing. Nobody knows what happened to her, but Rosalind intends to find out. 

She determines to move to Chicago and undercover the truth once an for all. She even finds employment in the very house from which her sister went missing. 

But life in Chicago is a lot different than life in Wisconsin. She's thrown into a world of deception, intrigue, and scandal that she never dreamed could have existed. There's only one thing she does know for certain--she can't trust anybody. But as Rosalind gets closer to finding the truth, more and more things start unraveling. 

She decides to accept the help of Reid Armstrong and hopes she isn't making a mistake. Reid's parents became wealthy by chance and are struggling to make a name for themselves in the upper class society. Reid understands his duty to marry well, but none of the girls interest him. 

Then he meets the serving girl Rosalind who is here to uncover the truth of her sister's disappearance. He jumps at the chance to help. But neither of them could have expected the outcome. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions:  I had only read one other book by Shelley Gray before reading this one. I really enjoyed that one, but I had forgotten about that until after I read this one.

I went into the novel with no expectations and found myself caught up in Gray's talent of weaving a story full of intrigue. The whole time I was left wondering what happened to Rosalind's sister and that was enough to keep me turning the pages.  

I loved Rosalind's character. She definitely grew up in the novel. She had this innate goodness about her despite all the corruption around her and I loved that.

But what I loved was the glimpse into a life of a corrupted wealthy family in the Gilded Age. Gray did such a good job at characterization. The whole cast of characters were incredibly well-crafted. 

A novel that definitely comes highly recommended. 

So why 4 stars? I really enjoyed it. It lacked something to be a 5 star read, but it was a really good read.

Warnings/Side-notes: None, there are vague references to sex and rape, but it is very vague and merely stated. No action is actually described. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel full of enough suspense, intrigue, romance, and deception to keep you turning the pages until the very last one. 


Danica Page


  1. But, it was so sad! I did love how she kept the story moving along so well. I never thought of how dangerous it was back then to go out on your own, as s young woman.

    1. I guess it was a really sad book. It was still really beautiful. Thanks for commenting.


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