Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Secrets of Sloane House

GIVEAWAY

GRAY, SHELLEY
SECRETS OF SLOANE HOUSE

Against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair, a young woman finds employment with an illustrious Chicago family—a family who may guard the secret of her sister’s disappearance.

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.

My Review:

Downton Abbey with a sinister twist. Honestly, I was so engrossed in the story I could barely put it down. The division between classes always sets my teeth on edge and the Sloanes' blatant disregard for the welfare of their servants had my blood boiling.  Not to mention the perverse loyalty those serving the Sloanes have to the family. Poor Rosalind is like a lamb being led to the slaughter as she tries to navigate all the menacing nuances of this prestigious house in her quest to discover what happened to her sister.

Reid is her only ally but he costs her more grief than help most of the time. He's a fascinating character -- the product of new wealth trying to gain entrance into the upper echelons of society. He needs to find a wife from an established family to gain full acceptance but his heart just isn't in it. His inner battle over societal expectations and his own personal values makes for a fascinating read.

Gray weaves a compelling plot charged with suspense and heartache and an impossible romance and I found it utterly captivating. Thank goodness it is the first in a series. I'm already anxious for the spring when Deception at Sable Hill is due to be released.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Secrets of Sloane House please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 24 2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

41 comments:

  1. Oh my! Sounds intriguing. I've read a few books set around the time of the world's fain in Chicago... sounds like a good one to add to the list!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. And this one makes mention of the seedier side of the Fair. Apparently it attracted a lot of criminal types. Interesting slant. Good luck, Patty.

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  2. The division between classes always gets to me too. Your review makes me want to read this one for sure.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Glad I could entice you, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  3. This one has caught my eye too. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Boos Mum. Good luck!

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  4. Sounds exciting! Thank you...
    d (dot) maerz (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

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  5. I am definitely intrigued by Secrets of Sloane House. Thank you, Kav!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. I have really been wanting to read this one! I love Shelley's books and this sounds really good.

    Thanks,
    Brittany McEuen
    kbmceuen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. She's a fantastic author, isn't she? Good luck, Brittany.

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  7. "WANT to read this" - that´ s my first feeling after reading the review, and usually my intuition is right when feeling this thrill. I just love the hero ´s description!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    janka(dot)halcinova(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's such a good book, Janka. Brimming over in awesomeness. :-) Good luck!

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  8. This sounds like an awesome book. Would love a chance to win a copy. Thank you.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  9. She's a new author for me, but I love any stories written at this time in history. This one sounds especially interesting, so add me to your list ,,, rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. She has written a lot both as Shelley Shepard Gray and Shelley Gray so you will have some enjoyable catching up to do. Good luck, Becky!

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  10. The Secrets of Sloane House sounds intriguing, please add me!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  11. Sounds like a great read! Please drop my name in the hat! writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  12. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  13. Thanks for the review. I now want to read this book.

    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It sooooooo good, KayLee. Good luck!

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  14. Looks like a wonderful read. Thank you for the opportunity.

    clb836(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. How intriguing! This sounds like a must-read to me!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It really is, Britney...and the ending surprised me too. Good luck!

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  16. Love Downton Abbey and love suspense. I'm in! :)

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. I know -- great combination, right? Good luck, Cheryl!

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  17. Ooh! Would love to be entered! Thanks for hosting, Kav!
    pocoauthorATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You're welcome, Nicole. Good luck!

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  18. Hello Kav. This sounds like a very good one. But, mysterious also. I really want to read it. Shelly is a good author. Please put my name in the drawing. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. She's an excellent author, isn't she? Good luck, Maxie.

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  19. We have Shelley's books in the church library but under the name of Shelley Shepherd Gray. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. This book sounds so intriguing, I know I must read it! Thanks for your insight.
    may_dayzee(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  21. I have wanted to read this for so long! Great review.
    bookwormgal2011 at yahoo dot com

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