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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. But 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. His family is on the periphery of Chicago's elite because their wealth comes from "new money" obtained from successful mining, but 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 instead 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 the1893 World's Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.
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By Debbie on 10-07-14
Warning re: rape as part of this story.
What did you like best about this story?
The mention of being Christian and trusting Christ, although it certainly could be drawn out more, and the mystery.
Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
She is very distincT and exacT in her pronunciation, which gets to be too much after awhile. Good with different voices. Overall good job.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes, until it got to the part about the rape, and his "confession" was disgusting and the "justice" even more disgusting.
Any additional comments?
Not a good ending, left a bad taste in my mouth. Wanted to listen to the other books in this series, but not sure I will now.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Elise on 08-09-14
Good story! great historical fiction
Would you consider the audio edition of Secrets of Sloane House to be better than the print version?
I enjoyed the audio version because the narrator tavia Gilbert performance made the characters come alive
Who was your favorite character and why?
Roseland because of her determination and courage to find her sister and how she helped and cared for others even at the expense if her reputation.
What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?
Her expressive voice brought an emotion to all the characters. She made you care about Roseland and Reid. I love her narration style. She really knows how to covey the tension and strength of the characters in the story. She also portrays the make characters of Reid Mr Sloane and Mr. Armstrong and Douglas with variety and in a way that they sound like very different men.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Sloane house is a house of secrets can one woman unlock them or will she be destroyed by them?
Any additional comments?
I enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for book 2 in the series!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful