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Publisher's Summary

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. 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.
©2014 Shelley Shepard Gray (P)2014 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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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.

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By Anna on 07-26-14

Christian fiction

Yet another book premise which appeals to entirely the wrong audience.

The main flaw (among many) in this book was the main character. Rosalind was such a doe eyed innocent it's hard to believe she didn't' die of fright when looking at her own shadow. Yet we are somehow supposed to believe she leaves her farm, family and small town to move to Chicago to investigate her sisters disappearance? It is baffling that the author decided to make her 23 years old (the author gives no reason why she had not married), if the author had simply made her 16 it would have made her timid, naïve, girlish behaviour more understandable (though not more likeable).

It took the author almost 15 minutes to describe; Rosalind taking up a tea tray to her mistress then exchanging a few greetings with a male member to the household, after which she had to lean against a wall and breath just to get over the stress.

The logical inconsistencies in this book kept piling up such as how Rosalind expected to find her sister and how she obtained a job in the household in the first place being an inexperienced milk maid. There were also some editing mistakes such as one of the main characters being introduced twice.

I recommend to anyone thinking of buying this book to have a look at some of the other titles the author has written (as I should have done) - if Christian fiction appeals to you then enjoy this book.

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