Wow! I absolutely loved this book! This was the first non-Amish book by Shelley Shepard Gray (writing as Shelley Gray)that I have read. I was a little hesitant to read it but am I ever glad I did!
Set against the backdrop of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, Rosalind Perry has left her family in Wisconsin to find out what happened to her sister who disappeared while working for the Sloane family in their house full of secrets. Rosalind is warned against uncovering the many secrets of Sloane House but nothing will stop her from finding her sister.
Shelly’s writing in this book is superb! The story takes off right away and the reader is quickly transported to 1893 Chicago. The descriptions of the houses, city and fair are so well written it is almost like being there!
Rosalind is easy to immediately like and sympathize with. The Sloane family is uppity, unlikeable and untrustworthy and is written so the reader automatically dislikes them without knowing exactly why. There was also the character of Reid Armstrong who almost lives in both the lower class and upper class worlds. Of course there are all the various friends of the family and house staff that keep the story interesting and moving along.
I just can’t say enough how much I loved this book. I was anxious to get to the end to see what happened but was sad that the story was over. This is book one in a series and the second book won’t be out until Spring 2015.–Kristi