Published by Zondervan on April 7th 2015
Genres: Christian, Fiction, General, Historical, Romance, Suspense
The World’s Fair has introduced many new ideas to Chicago society—but can two individuals from very different backgrounds find love together? It’s mid-September 1893 and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning debutant of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago’s wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball. Sean is on the fringes of the Chicago elite. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best chance to ensure security. Despite social boundaries, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean will do anything to keep her safe—even if he can never earn her affections. Eloisa longs to feel normal again, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted by an assailant wielding a knife, and Eloisa fears for her safety at every event she attends. As the danger in the city increases, and as the romance between Eloisa and Sean blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come crashing down?
I’ve been waiting impatiently to read Deception on Sable Hill ever since I finished Secrets of Sloane House, so I knew I was just going to absolutely love this book. I was hooked on page one and had to beg myself to stop reading when I had other things I needed to do. Now that I’m done reading Deception on Sable Hill much too soon, it’s time again to wait for the third book. Which isn’t too long because Whispers in the Reading Room comes out November 2015!
In Deception on Sable Hill, we once again meet the lovely Eloisa Carstairs. It’s only been a matter of weeks since she experienced that horrible attack at the hands of Douglass Sloane. She feels she must hide that secret and live on as if nothing happened, but inwardly Eloisa feels angry and ashamed. She can hardly sleep at night for the nightmares.
And while the Chicago World Fair continues on, there is someone dangerous lurking about, known as the society slasher, who seemingly seeks out young beautiful women with the intention of marring them with scars that will always be visible. But soon the slasher then becomes even more violent with his actions. With very little clues to go on, everyone worries who may become the next victim.
Detective Sean Ryan is on the case, but things get even more complicated when he begins to fall for society’s own diamond Eloisa Carstairs. With new attacks, he fears for her safety and perhaps even the safety of his and even her own heart.
I loved this book so much! Eloisa and Sean were so perfect, not to mention Sean’s sister Katie and Owen. I wanted more of Katie and Owen to be honest. As for the mystery of the slasher, I thought I knew who it was, and it turns out I was wrong. I didn’t see that coming at all. Good play, Shelley Gray, good play.