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Secrets of Sloane House

(Chicago World's Fair Mystery #1)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  1,789 ratings  ·  303 reviews
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
Paperback, 318 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Zondervan (first published July 8th 2014)
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Nov 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
With a mystery that could be solved by the end of page 3 and a romance that threatens to overpower the focus of the story, Sloane House is definitely a book to read if you enjoy watching shallow characters interact and adore reading the same words over and over.

This book was fascinating because it excelled in showing me how extremely beneficial and important a book editor can be.

Sloane House is probably the worst book I've read thus far. The plot was horribly predictable, the characters were sha
I found myself surprised in how dark this was. Now I don't mind a dark read (unless it has clowns then all bets are off! I'm not reading it no way!!)) More in line with a dark suspense then a mystery, the setting of Chicago in the Glided Age was really brought the life for me and showed that all things are not truly gold.
The world is changing and center around is The World's Fair which didn't truly hold a place of action within the story, but was more of the talk from the rich to the serving
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I have some pretty mixed feelings about this novel.

I enjoyed reading about the downstairs/upstairs differences. I really felt like I got to know what it was like to be downstairs...the physical strain, the lack of regard by the upper class and so on. That part of the novel was incredibly interesting.

Exposure to Chicago and the World's Fair, although minimal, added to the novel. Also adding to the novel were Reid and Rosalind. They both came across as flawed characters with good hearts.

What I str
SUMMARY: 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 u
After accidentally reading book two first and not liking it, I decided to spend a little time skim-reading this one before putting it in the donate pile. I ended up spending a bit longer reading because I was fascinated at just how bad it was. If you’re wanting to learn more about old Chicago, this mostly is about a trumped-up society and a mystery without real clues.

—They live on Millionaire’s Row but the maid is cautioned about the crowds on the street in the two blocks to the grocer and is to
3.5 stars


From the blurb:

"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... 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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Hey, did you know that the world is dangerous for women? Like at the world’s fair, on the streets of Chicago, and in being in the same room with a man? It is. Super, super dangerous. If you didn’t know, it’s ok because the author will tell you every third sentence. Also, the characters’ faith is front and center, which is fine and all, but between the redundant descriptions, inane dialogue, and insultingly transparent plot, I found myself praying for an editor.
The last time I came across charac
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
{{AGE WARNING on this review & book. There are sexual hints in this book and listed in this review. This review should not be read by girls under 14.}}

About this book:

“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 suppor
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Wow! If you are fascinated by the upstairs-downstairs social divisions of the Gilded Age, you will find much to pique your interest between these pages. If you love a good suspense novel as well, then you will be as captivated as I was while reading Secrets of Sloane House, the first book in the Chicago World's Fair Mystery series. The treatment of the lower classes by the upper, the pressures to marry well, and two particularly heart-wrenching crimes will keep your emotions engaged - all of the ...more
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An innocent, impetuous girl leaves her family's farm in Wisconsin for the big city of Chicago, hoping to find work to both support herself and her family back at the farm. After successfully doing so, her letters home become filled with an air of mystery and suspicion and then finally stop. Her family devises a plan to send her younger sister, Rosalind, to the big city as well, to try and discover what has happened to her, especially after her father is unable to get helpful information from eit ...more
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
I normally like the Gilded Age as a setting, and I have read other books set during the Chicago [one of my fave cities!] World's Fair and liked them very much. Unfortunately, this one fell flat for me.

I got as far as Chapter 6, but I was not engaged with either the characters or the story, and I was struggling to keep my attention on this. I was honestly bored with this.

I also, unfortunately did not like Rosamund at all. I found her to be a timid and mousy character. While I appreciate that her
DNF @ 39%

Bored out of my mind. It’s Christian (which is not a bad thing - I’m just not in the mood for it), the story is moving at a snail’s pace, and I’m not into the servant/rich man pairing.

I don’t want to read how Rosalind’s day at the market went or how women unaccompanied should not step out of the house too often because everything and everyone is after them. F-ck off, man, and mind your own business.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a very slow paced mystery story, so I can see how some people would not like that, however I didn't mind it. It didn't make the story particularly compelling, but it was entertaining. It was darker than I expected, which I really liked; I think it added depth and reality to the story.
I don't think I'll continue with any of the other books in the series, just because it had a satisfying ending and I don't feel invested enough.
Wilani Wahl
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an intriguing suspenseful story! Shelley Gray did an awesome job. One of the things that stood out was with God there is no social standing. I love the dependence on God with the hero and heroine. I absolutely loved this story and cannot wait to read the next book in this series that will come out in 2015. I was given this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Secrets of Sloane House had an interesting setting (Chicago in the late 1800s during the World's Fair) but the thoughts and words of the protagonist were very redundant to the point that it detracted from the book. 2.5 stars rounding up as it did have a message of hope.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It’s a busy time in Chicago with the 1983 World’s Fair in town. Not a good idea for a lady to be out and about alone. There seems to be one residence in particular that has maids disappearing without a trace. That residence is Sloane House, home to one of the wealthiest families in Chicago.

One of those maids was Miranda Perry. Miranda had written letters home often telling of her life in Chicago and Sloane House. When the letters came to abrupt stop, her sister Rosalind devised a plan. She too
Rebekah Brown
Secrets of the Sloane House is the 1st book of the Chicago's World's Fair Mystery series by Shelly Gray. Of course, I started the series with the final book of the series (oops!). I really enjoyed the final installment, Whispers in the reading room, so I decided to finish the series and dive into more mysteries... which are not normally on my genre radar. While Whispers in the Reading Room focused more on the romance of the main characters vs the "who done it", Secrets of Sloane House proved to ...more
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked this book. I thought that the story was interesting, and the characters were as well. I did think that the ending was a bit rushed. It seemed like very little happened for awhile in the book, and then everything happened all at once in just a couple of chapters.

I agree with the other reviewer that said she didn't care as much for Rosalind, but was excited for the next book. I really want to read more about Eloisa Carstairs.
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to be able to leave a positive review for this book, but I cannot. It was easy to get into, no problems there, but it was a very frustrating read. The repetitiveness became so bad, that by page 200, I'd only read 75 pages worth of fresh material.

One reason I wanted to read the book was because it was set in Chicago, but the author pretty much ripped the city to shreds with the nonstop talk about how dangerous a place it was. You were sure to get robbed, and then raped if you wer
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to the cover of this book because it's so classy and that dress she wearing is beautiful. After I realized that the story takes place in the late 1800's during the Worlds Fair and it's also happens to be a mystery. I was hooked and I couldn't wait to read it.

We first meet Rosalind while she is working for the very rich and prominent Sloan family. The Sloan family come from "old" money and are very affluent in Chicago society. The Worlds Fair is being hosted by the city of Chicago whi
Victoria Goodbrand
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I really really wanted to like this book. But after being 1/3 through then looking up the review on Books For Christian Girls I slapped this one right down. Why did Shelley Gray put in that, that *trash*! Not a recommendation.
Lisa Johnson
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Title: Secrets of Sloane House (A Chicago World’s Fair Mystery #1)
Author: Shelley Gray
Story Length: 316
Year: 2014
Publisher: Zondervan
Reid Armstrong is trying to fit in to society as best he can. His parents are middle class, but his father struck it rich with an investment in a silver mine, catapulting their wealth exponentially. Now, after attending the best schools and learning all the intricacies of society, Reid is expected to put his training to good use as his parents want him to make a go
Reet Champion
Rosalind Pettite alias Rosalind Perry is on the hunt for her missing sister. In a place as big as Chicago in the year 1892 the possibilities as to what caused her sister's disappearance are numerous. Except for one thing - her sister wrote of an ominous presence in Sloane House where she worked as a maid. Although she hopes for the best Rosalind fears the worst. With the World Fair in full swing there are other things to be cautious of too. Women are disappearing left and right and meeting very ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an enjoyable story! Secrets of Sloane House is the first book in Shelley Gray’s Chicago World’s Fair Mystery series and after reading the preview chapter for book two, I can’t wait to read that story, as well.

Secrets of Sloane House started out a little slowly for me as the author set the stage and introduced all of the characters. But, the storyline always held my interest and the setting of a very wealthy Chicago home during the height of the World’s Fair was intriguing. Once I hit the ha
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray is a Christian cozy mystery. It is the first book in the Chicago World’s Fair series. Rosalind grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and is not used to city life. But when her sister Miranda stops writing, the family wants to know what happened to her. Rosalind is sent to Chicago to discover what happened to her sister. Rosalind obtains a job at Sloane House where her sister worked before she disappeared. Life on the farm did not prepare Rosalind for living in th ...more
Hallie Szott
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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What drew me first to Shelley Gray’s Secrets of Sloane House was the setting. Placed during the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago, this novel’s setting is exquisite and captivating – and I love reading books with the World’s Fair in the backdrop, so I couldn’t resist picking up this novel. Then, Gray adds in great characters, intriguing mystery and challenging romance, and I couldn’t put down this novel. Rosalind’s journey to understand what happened to her
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelley Gray just wrote the most wonderful historical novel full of suspense and intrigue, that will have your emotions sitting on the edge of your seat to the very end. Secrets of Sloan House does not disappoint. I was pulled in from the very first chapter. Set in the year 1893 and centered around the World Fair in Chicago.

Rosalind is on a mission to find her missing sister Miranda and with the help of Reid Armstrong she ends up on quite the adventure. I think having a great faith in God helped
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also publishes under the name Shelley Shepard Gray (Amish fiction, Christian fiction).

I live in southern Ohio with my husband, two teenagers, and two dogs. My days are filled with busy activities like most any other mom and housewife. But I also love to write books.

Each morning, after my kids go off to school, I sit at my desk, look out my window, and dream of other places. The hours fly by as I m

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