Secrets of Sloane House
Plot Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ⑩
Pace: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Quality of Writing: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Characters Development: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ⑨ 10
Ease of Reading: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ⑩
Publication Date: 2014
Number of Pages: 316
Series: A Chicago World's Fair Mystery-Book 1
Summary on back cover:
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.
Seeing that this was a “Chicago World’s Fair Mystery”, I had to pick it up from my local book store. Finding a historical mystery is super hard and being the first Shelley Gray novel I’ve read; it was very impressive. It was so nice to read about a servant instead of the mistress without it being medieval.
One of the reasons that this book stood out to me was the plot development. I didn’t seem rushed or like it was dragging on and on. I also liked the little bit of history Shelley Gray incorporated in it.
There are just a few problems I had with it. There was very little mention of God or a need for a savior within this books pages. Also, I didn’t get a clear impression that Rosalind was a Christian. True, she did pray, but praying doesn’t mean you are a Christian. The character of Reid Armstrong was a bit shallow. I thought Shelley could have worked a little harder on him.
Due to some events in this book I would not recommend this book for anyone younger than 14 years of age but perhaps more mature readers. All in all, I thought this book was worth the read. Hope this helps.