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.
Set against the backdrop of Chicago’s Gilded Age and the 1893 World’s Fair, Secrets of Sloane House takes us on a whirlwind journey of romance and mystery.
Secrets of Sloane House really surprised me. It wasn’t exactly a typical heartwarming read like so many others books of its kind. It was realistic, dark, and true down to the unforgiving, ruthless natures of society people of the time. The Sloane family is an alarming example of how status governed over what they could do and get away with, no matter how ugly their offences could become, like Douglass and his mother, Mrs. Sloane.
I admired Rosalind, although there were times I couldn’t really connect with her, but it’s not exactly easy to put myself in her shoes, so it’s understandable. I loved Reid and applauded him for not going through the motions of marrying someone just because it would increase his social standing, and allowing himself to have true happiness. I hated the Sloane family. I hated Douglass and his sister Veronica. They were such terrible people. Trust me, you’ll hate them.
While everything doesn’t turn out like Rosalind had originally hoped when she came to Chicago, she found herself some new happiness and a new purpose in life that she didn’t have before. She became more of a courageous, strong woman than she probably would have if she had just stayed home.
I’m looking forward to the second book, Deception at Sable Hill, which is about Miss Eloisa Carstairs. I’m curious to see what happens to her next, especially with that terrible thing that happened to her in this book.