Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery, #1)

Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery, #1) One Woman S Search For The Truth Of Her Sister S Disappearance Leads Her To Deceit And Danger InChicagoRosalind 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 DisappearanceReid 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 FatherWhen 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 PriceSet Against The Backdrop Of Chicago S Gilded Age And TheWorld S Fair, Secrets Of Sloane House Takes Us On A Whirlwind Journey Of Romance And Mystery

Shelley Shepard Gray Amish fiction, Christian fiction.I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife But I also love to write books.Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places The hours fly by as I make up people and places and drink way too much coffee.Writing for Avon Inspire has truly been a dream come true Being able to spend my days in my make believe world of the Brenneman Bed and Breakfast is a true blessing I have enjoyed getting to know about the Amish culture and tapping into my faith as I show each character s progression toward a personal relationship with our Lord.Before becoming a full time writer, I taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado A job transfer to Ohio led my husband to encourage me to finally give writing a try After all, I had notebooks full of made up stories.I ll never forget that first book I typed in our unfinished basement It was exciting to make up a story, but also very scary I was also so embarrassed, sure someone would come out of the woodwork and point out that I wasn t a real writer But I persevered, and sold my third manuscript.Things have changed a bit Now I have a real office of my own think old guest bedroom My walls are painted pink, and than a couple of book covers decorate my walls But my days are still the same I wake up, dream about other people, and do my best to type out stories.

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  • 318 pages
  • Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery, #1)
  • Shelley Gray
  • English
  • 22 June 2019
  • 9780310338529

10 thoughts on “Secrets of Sloane House (Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery, #1)

  1. says:

    With a mystery that could be solved by the end of page 3 and a romance that threatens to overpower the focus of the story, Sloane House is definitely a book to read if you enjoy watching shallow characters interact and adore reading the same words over and over.This book was fascinating because it excelled in showing me how extremely beneficial and important a book editor can be Sloane House is probably the worst book I ve read thus far The plot was horribly predictable, the characters were shallow and confused, and the end plummeted toward a lackluster conclusion like a deflating balloon.1 The story is hardly immersiveI don t have a good idea of what the characters look like, and the book lacks descriptions It often feels as though you re reading an account of an event rather than a narrative tale People pop in to say dialogue and then abruptly disappear or they do something random, and you re like, Why in the seven suns did they do that 2 Redundancy not goodOne of the most annoying aspects about this book was the amount of redundancy To tell about an emotion, you don t have to say, He is happy You can say something like, He woke up to see the sunny windowsill and felt a current of energy spread through his being, causing a smile to creep onto his face Gray, thankfully, does describe the emotions of her characters However, she also tacks an explanation after the description such as She was like this BECAUSE SHE WAS SO SAD Thanks I wouldn t have been able to figure that out by myself.Here are two examples of redundancy Chapter 5 on page 46 I don t know how Can you believe our luck We both get tomorrow afternoon and evening off And Mr Sloane has given us tickets for admission to the fair and tokens for the midway Just a few hours before, Mr and Mrs Sloane had lined up all the staff and presented them each member with tokens and tickets for both the fair admission and the Ferris wheel in the midway Chapter 22 on page 222 His expression looked to be a cross between profound relief and unexpected joy Rosalind, thank God She stepped to the aisle and met him When he held out his hands, she grasped his with a mixture of pure relief and bountiful joy 3 Douglass SloaneSee, I don t title this point because there s no need to title this error Douglass Sloane in general, he is the shallowest character I have ever come across view spoiler He is a bad guy for the sake of being a bad guy it seems he literally has no motivation for living except to harm women, and his reaction or lack thereof when everyone found out what he had been doing was very confusing.And because he is a bad guy, he has all the bad guy stuff a sensual, dangerous tone when talking to women bad vibes shifty eyes mysterious behavior that isn t really all that mysterious for crying out loud, you KNOW what he s doing with the ladies.That s his character and not even in a nutshell No, that is his character in its entirety hide spoiler

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    I found myself surprised in how dark this was Now I don t mind a dark read unless it has clowns then all bets are off I m not reading it no way More in line with a dark suspense then a mystery, the setting of Chicago in the Glided Age was really brought the life for me and showed that all things are not truly gold The world is changing and center around is The World s Fair which didn t truly hold a place of action within the story, but was of the talk from the rich to the serving class The serving class is where we find out heroine Rosalind who is in search of her missing sister as she poses as a maid in the house her sister worked at the Sloane House There she meets the Sloanes whom hide behind their riches but are a truly ugly family underneath Rosalind finds an unlikely ally in the Sloanes siblings friend Reid Armstrong Reid is a heir to new money and is making his mark through the upper class to marry well That is until he meets Rosalind and learns her story and finds himself even uneasy about even being around the Sloanes and the whispers that follow them I felt for Rosalind and saw the changed in Reid, but as to say I truly connected to either No Rosalind showed her age as a young 20 yr old, in a strange world but at times being a tad unmindful to the danger to the point of being nosy then jumping at shadows and bit spoiled in her thinking Reid was in the same boat in his way of thinking, being an rich heir and unbelieving in the worse Then discard his feelings for Rosalind due to her class So the romance between them was very weak and left much to be desired It s not that hard into guessing who did it, but as to why and how was the kicker This is where the true darkness begin to emerge It s even far reaching as when these so call old money families do nothing and cover up rape, molestation and death for their own means and not caring whom from whatever class they hurt or destroy I was truly sadden when a sweet character gets attacked and can t say a word due to being ruined in the eyes of society even when she was the one attacked and hurt The idea of people thinking it being the victim s fault had me really pissed as we see it so much today in news and media where violence against women, children is just another news reel scrolling at the bottom of the screen I guess in my mind I wouldn t have minded a tad brutal justice for those involved, then again the old family named ruined and trashed and maybe there was a sense of justice served in that. While I felt at times the book lacked in some aspects yet I still kept reading While it didn t end in rainbows and roses, there was a sense of peace for many involved I m looking forward to the next in the series as the heroine is another character whose life change in this book I hope for her own happy ending and the peace she deserves.

  3. says:

    I have some pretty mixed feelings about this novel.I enjoyed reading about the downstairs upstairs differences I really felt like I got to know what it was like to be downstairsthe physical strain, the lack of regard by the upper class and so on That part of the novel was incredibly interesting.Exposure to Chicago and the World s Fair, although minimal, added to the novel Also adding to the novel were Reid and Rosalind They both came across as flawed characters with good hearts.What I struggled with and this was a rather large struggle was the repeated focus on women being taken advantage of I understand this is a very real and tragic reality, perhaps so in that time period and place, however, the frequency of references made the novel darker than it needed to be Overall, it was a good historical romance and I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

  4. says:

    SUMMARY 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.REVIEW This is a new genre of writing for me from Shelley Gray I found this an intriguing novel full of suspense Focusing on the world of the 1890 s with the upstairs downstairs separation of the classes and the appropriate interactions between the two, this book was an enjoyable read I loved the developing relationship between Reid and Rosalind I also enjoyed how Gray showed the disparity between how the Armstrongs and the Sloanes felt and acted with their servants Her descriptions of both Chicago and the world s fair both made me feel like I was right there during the time period Rosalind was a great character in that the events she dealt with made her stronger and confident throughout the story I can t image how scary it must feel to know that one little mistake or some minor discontent by your employer could put you out on the street with no place to go and no recourse for addressing what happened Definitely a huge divide between the haves and have nots during this gilded age Reid was such an enjoyable character to watch as he depended on his faith guide his choices in both his friends, his assisting Rosalind, and his love life The Sloanes were typical villianous types having no sympathy empathy for others and feeling they were justified in any and all that they did I think the father had a speck of goodness when all came to all, but the mother, Douglas and Veronica were all despicable I would have give this a 5 but found it dragged a little in places as well as seeming repetitive But overall, a good historical read I would recommend I will continue reading this series.FAVORITE QUOTES Jesus did so much for so many, never asking them what was in it for him He taught us all to be kind and to help those in need I can t promise all your efforts will have a happy outcomeNo one can promise that But I can promise you that your faith will carry you through Faith helps us all survive both the lowest points in life and some of the best.

  5. says:

    Downton Abbey with a sinister twist Honestly, I was so engrossed in the story I could barely put it down The division between classes always sets my teeth on edge and the Sloanes blatant disregard for the welfare of their servants had my blood boiling Not to mention the perverse loyalty those serving the Sloanes have to the family Poor Rosalind is like a lamb being led to the slaughter as she tries to navigate all the menacing nuances of this prestigious house in her quest to discover what happened to her sister Reid is her only ally but he costs her grief than help most of the time He s a fascinating character the product of new wealth trying to gain entrance into the upper echelons of society He needs to find a wife from an established family to gain full acceptance but his heart just isn t in it His inner battle over societal expectations and his own personal values makes for a fascinating read Gray weaves a compelling plot charged with suspense and heartache and an impossible romance and I found it utterly captivating Thank goodness it is the first in a series I m already anxious for the spring when Deception at Sable Hill is due to be released.

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    3.5 stars6 30 19 From the blurb 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 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 I m enjoying this so far This author has made it to my favorite author list under the pseudonym Shelley Shepard Gray I read a recent trilogy of hers, courtesy of Netflix A Loyal Heart was the first of these, and I gave it 5 stars I rarely give 5 stars, because when I give a book a 4.something rating, I round the stars down to 4 So to my mind, she s a great author I gave book two 5 stars and book three 4.5 stars 7 1 19 Several of my Goodreads friends didn t rate this book very highly, so I m curious how I m going to feel about it by the end One of the things I like about the story so far is that Rosalind s prayers feel so natural they flow so well And she s an admirable heroine, which is something that is pretty important in order for me to love a book.7 2 19 Content issues A flower seller My Fair Lady, anyone mentions that earning her living on view spoiler her back hide spoiler

  7. says:

    Hey, did you know that the world is dangerous for women Like at the world s fair, on the streets of Chicago, and in being in the same room with a man It is Super, super dangerous If you didn t know, it s ok because the author will tell you every third sentence Also, the characters faith is front and center, which is fine and all, but between the redundant descriptions, inane dialogue, and insultingly transparent plot, I found myself praying for an editor The last time I came across characterizations like this was in Louisa May Alcott s The Inheritance Her juvenile, unpublished work That is not a compliment That is 7 year old girls playing Barbies For those of you not in the know, this involves a perfect good Barbie, persecution of good Barbie by Bitch Barbie and Jerk ass Ken, and support fairy tale ending for good Barbie with good Ken Perhaps this review is not entirely fair because I did not finish the book I looked at the progress and realized I still had 20% to go with no f s left to be given, and I felt a genuine loss for the time I could be spending listening to something else.

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    AGE WARNING on this review book There are sexual hints in this book and listed in this review This review should not be read by girls under 14 About this book 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 Series Book 1 in the Chicago World s Fair Mystery series Spiritual Content Isaiah 1 18 at the beginning Prayers A couple Scriptures are mentioned Talks about God, Heaven, church H s are not capital when referring to God Mentions of God, angels, good works Mentions of prayers Mentions of church, choir Christians Mentions of hymns Mentions of Bible reading Reid Rosalind both say they have faiths A bit of witnessing Negative Content Minor cussing including a blasted , a dumb and a gosh Sarcasm Mentions of curses said, not written All about a missing girl what happened to her Many mentions of kidnappings, abductions girls being snatched Many mentions of murders, killing, dying bodies semi detailed Many Mentions of pubs, drinking, wine spirits Mentions of blood, pain injuries up to semi detailed Mentions of a fight up to semi detailed Mentions of abuse whipping behinds Mentions of gambling Mentions of cigarettes, smoking tobacco Mentions of gossips A couple mentions of vandalism A couple of robbers thieves Sexual Content a hand kiss, a barely above not detailed kiss, four semi detailed kisses Wanting to kiss imagining kissing up to semi detailed Touches, Warmth, Heat, Embraces Smelling semi detailed Dancing barely above not detailed Noticing Douglass stares leers at Rosalind closely Douglass has taken advantage of many women many mentions of it Douglass used Nanci and she ends up pregnant A POV girl is raped paragraph ends after a hard kiss and touches A jerk asks how a girl is under the sheets Another jerks comments on how his sister s viper disposition might make her interesting to bed Many mentions of reputations morals Many mentions of being accosted, preyed on molested Many mentions of compromised ruined women compromising ruining them Many mentions of flirting Mentions of lewd comments offers Mentions of pretty servants being told to watch themselves around men jealous women Mentions of jealousy Mentions of favors Mentions of teases Mentions of brothels Mentions of mistresses Mentions of abuse Mentions of liaisons romps Mentions of scandals Mentions of blushes A mention of rapists no details Love, falling in love the emotions Rosalind Perry, age 20 Reid Armstrong P.O.V switches between them Eloisa once Set in 1893 316 pages Pre Teens One StarNew Teens One StarEarly High School Teens One StarOlder High School Teens One StarMy personal Rating One StarSix days into the new year and we have our first 1 star rating Well, boo I ve read or tried to read the author s Amish books, which are published under Shelley Shepard Gray, but never really like them due to the predictably of the stories I thought I would try one of her historical books, thinking maybe she was better at writing Historical than Amish Turns out it s the same I honestly knew exactly how everything was going to happen by page 74 And I was right on every account I lost interest at page 3 I m very disappointed that so many authors are doing the cad player womanizer character in all their historical books It s over used and clich I could go on ranting about that plot, but I will not.This book is somewhat advertised as a gothic book A Christian gothic book Anyone else not sure how Christian gothic can be together well In my opinion, it wasn t done well at all The faiths seemed like an afterthought and a try to make the main characters have personalities, when I found no depth in them at all Rosalind was incredibly na ve Why in the world would a girl willingly follow a cad into a passageway by themselves while knowing that he has raped many women before is beyond me And then book 2 is all about her, needless to say I wouldn t be reading that book or any books again by this author Historical or Amish.Link to review BFCG may Read the review to see recommend this book by this author It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  9. says:

    Wow If you are fascinated by the upstairs downstairs social divisions of the Gilded Age, you will find much to pique your interest between these pages If you love a good suspense novel as well, then you will be as captivated as I was while reading Secrets of Sloane House, the first book in the Chicago World s Fair Mystery series The treatment of the lower classes by the upper, the pressures to marry well, and two particularly heart wrenching crimes will keep your emotions engaged all of the above elements treated with exquisite grace and dignity by Ms Gray, a fact which does not surprise me in the least Woven through the tragedies and social ire is the warmth I have come to expect in a Shelley Gray novel, and the suspense is truly top notch A couple of plot twists even took this seasoned mystery reader by surprise The sweet romance that blossomed between two unlikely souls was icing on this already delicious cake.

  10. says:

    An innocent, impetuous girl leaves her family s farm in Wisconsin for the big city of Chicago, hoping to find work to both support herself and her family back at the farm After successfully doing so, her letters home become filled with an air of mystery and suspicion and then finally stop Her family devises a plan to send her younger sister, Rosalind, to the big city as well, to try and discover what has happened to her, especially after her father is unable to get helpful information from either the family she was working for or the police department.Gray has skillfully woven a story of loss and love with the experience of serving a prominent family in 1893 Chicago A focal theme for the story is the whole notion of putting on an exterior appearance that does not equal the inner soul I found this book to be another solid winner for the author, with some real food for thought.

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