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Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
Chicago's World Fair Mystery Series #1
Synopsis: 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 review: I have to say this was a good book. The 1800s is one of my favorite time periods to read about and to include the World's Fair intrigues me. Shelley did a good job with the character development and the descriptions of where the book took place so you feel as if you are a part of the book. Rosalind was a strong woman in my opinion. Once she set her mind to something she got it. There were a few twists and turns in this book that kept me turning the pages long into the night. Another thing I enjoyed was the upstairs/downstairs aspect of the book - I enjoy books like this. I am looking forward to the rest of this series.
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