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Secrets of Sloane House (#01 in The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series)

Shelley Shepard Gray
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Secrets of Sloane House (#01 in The Chicago Worlds Fair Mystery Series)
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Secrets of Sloane House (#01 in The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series)

Shelley Shepard Gray
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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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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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Meet the Author

Shelley Shepard Gray

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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5 stars By Johanna, Dec 15 2014
I really liked this book and am so glad I own it!! It's got mystery, suspense and romance all in one. There really are a lot of secrets and unless you analyse each character deeply, you might, just might, be able to guess who is holding the biggest secret of all. I love the characters and how much personality they have. You know straight away whom you should befriend, hold reservation for and avoid. I can guarantee that after a few chapters you will be hooked. You will love Rosie, who has a beautiful, caring and loving nature despite the way society is treating her. So pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
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4 stars By sarah, Oct 26 2014
I enjoyed this latest novel by Shelley Shepherd. I listened to the audio version read by Tavia Grey. It focuses on a young woman searching for her missing sister and finding employment within the house that she worked at previously. The story holds the readers attention throughout, and combines many twists and turns not expected. I appreciated the historical nature of the book, and the colourful background Shelley weaves throughout. I also enjoyed the glimpses of upstairs and downstairs life experienced by each character. Serious themes are explored within the novel, that give it a more realistic edge. Overall, a very good book and i recommend it for lovers of historical fiction and mystery.
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