Review: Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray

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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.

I’ve read the third book in this series and while I enjoyed that one, this is the better book in terms of plot. Rosalind is desperate to find her missing sister and starts working in the same house she had been in an attempt to find clues. It’s perhaps a bit unbelievable that she’d be able to get hired on at her sister’s employer so easily, especially with no previous experience. That being said, the actual mystery of what happened to her sister is well carried out as is the characterization of Reid, who is a kind man in an unusual social situation with his family being new money. His interaction with Rosalind causes her more problems with her employer than it fixes, but Reid’s kindness is in character. The novel is a fast read and one of the better additions to the inspirational fiction genre.

4 out of 5

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