Secrets of Sloane House

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Zondervan, Jun 26, 2014 - Fiction - 336 pages
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Against the backdrop of the 1893 World's Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago family--a family who may guard the secret of her sister's disappearance.

Sloane House is among the most gilded mansions of Gilded Age Chicago. Rosalind Perry, the new housemaid, pours the morning coffee before the hard gaze of her mistress.

"It's simple, Rosalind," she says. "I am Veronica Sloane, heiress to one of the country's greatest fortunes. You are simply one in a long line of unsuitable maids."

Back on the farm in Wisconsin, Rosalind's plan had seemed logical: Move to Chicago. Get hired on at Sloane House. Discover what transpired while her sister worked as a maid there--and follow the clues to why she disappeared.

Now, as a live-in housemaid to the Sloanes, Rosalind realizes her plan had been woefully simple-minded.

She was ignorant of the hard, hidden life of a servant in a big, prominent house; of the divide between the Sloane family and the people who served them; and most of all, she had never imagined so many people could live in such proximity and keep such dark secrets.

Yet, while Sloane House is daunting, the streets of Chicago are downright dangerous. The World's Fair has brought a new kind of crime to the city . . . and a lonely young woman is always at risk. But when Rosalind accepts the friendship of Reid Armstrong, the handsome young heir to a Chicago silver fortune, she becomes an accidental rival to Veronica Sloane.

As Rosalind continues to disguise her kinship to the missing maid--and struggles to appease her jealous mistress--she probes the dark secrets of Sloane House and comes ever closer to uncovering her sister's mysterious fate. A fate that everyone in the house seems to know . . . but which no one dares to name.

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Shelly's writing in this book is superb! - Christianbook.com
I did think that the ending was a bit rushed. - Goodreads
Chances are the ending will surprise you. - Goodreads

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

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Secrets of Sloane House: Shelley Gray Looking for answers is often a dangerous mission. Rosalind Perry search for the truth of her sister's disappearance leads her Chicago. The year is 1893 & she has ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Shauna - Goodreads

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 ... Read full review

About the author (2014)

Shelley Shephard Gray earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Before becoming a full time writer, she taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. She started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to her and she wanted to write stories about regular people in extraordinary situations. Her works include the Sisters of the Heart series, Seasons of Sugarcreek series, The Families of Honor series, Heart of a Hero series, and Secrets of Crittenden County series.

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