Deception On Sable Hill

Paperback | April 7, 2015

byShelley Gray

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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?

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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 month...

Shelley Gray is the author of The Heart of a Hero series. Her Amish novel (written as Shelley Shepard Gray), The Protector, recently made the New York Times best seller list. A native of Texas, she earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Colorado and taught school for ten years. She and her husband have two children and live in S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:April 7, 2015Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0310338506

ISBN - 13:9780310338505

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Riveting second book in the A Chicago World's Fair Mystery series. And while this one does start where the first left off (including some carry-over characters and plot) you don't need to have read the first one in order to embrace Deception on Sable Hill. And it's definitely the kind of book you want to hug! :-) The clash of class distinction in the late 19th century is at the heart of this story. Gray portrays the challenges of change for both the wealthy and the poor in vivid emotional detail. I especially found the contrast of opinion between a lower class man courting an upper class lady in comparison to an upper class gentleman wooing a lower class woman totally fascinating -- and annoying! Definitely adds an extra edge to the overall plot. Not to mention the romance. I have to 'fess up and admit to adoring a self-made Irish hero and Sean Ryan fits the bill to a T. He's got that confident swagger, a wee bit of blarney dripping off the tip of his tongue and, saints preserve us -- that grin! Mind you, he needs the luck o' the Irish and no small amount of divine intervention to achieve his happily ever after! Of course, Eloisa is smitten. How could she not? But Gray has not been kind to this heroine -- not in the first book of the series and not in this one -- so be prepared to run a gamut of emotions during this read. There's the bonus of a secondary romance as well. And a dark mystery to solve. All in all an enthralling read. Can't wait for the third in the series to release in November -- Whispers in the Reading Room -- about a librarian!!!! Be still my book-loving heart.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful non amish book from Shelley Gray! This is a light romantic suspense that was a joy to read. I loved this book from beginning to end, the characters and setting really keeping my focus and attention. This is historical fiction with enough detail to put you in the time and place but it doesn't bog down the suspense and action. This is one case where the mysterious circumstances were carried over from the first book - who is slashing, and in some cases murdering, rich young heiresses? The romance is clean, I'm happy to report, and the writer did a fair job of dealing with the fact that they are of different classes That is something that would not have been overlooked at the time and place. I don't want to give too much away so I'll end here but this is a well written, completely enjoyable historical romance with suspense and romance thrown in the mix. I highly recommend this one for your summer reading list! I received this book from BookLook and Zondervan for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Zondervan!
Date published: 2015-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Back At The Chicago's World Fair I have so enjoyed experiencing the Chicago’s World Fair, back in 1893, and getting to know the layout and the buildings. With this story the Fair is getting ready to close, and we attend a fabulous gala with quite a send off. We have a clash of social status here, and this book does carry on from where we left off in The Secrets of Slone House, which I recommend you read, but is not necessary to know what is happening here. This book is Eloisa Carstairs story, and there is a refresher as to what horrible thing happened to her in the previous book. She has confided in one person and that is Police Detective Sean Ryan, and this is where we go from upper to lower classes. Where Eloisa has had her every whim taken care of her whole life, born with a silver spoon, and richer than most of her friends, a privileged life. On the other hand Detective Ryan, was born in a very poor Irish family and lived in the other side of town. Will it be possible to break down barriers and social status for these two to have a relationship? Also there is danger surrounding both of these people, one because she is a debutant and the other because of his job. You will think you know who is the culprit, but I changed my mind a few times. Come along and enjoy the mystery and intrigue that happen during the fleeting moments of this historical event, and walk in the shoes of these characters, I for one hate these stories to end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2015-04-07

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"Full of vivid descriptions and beautiful prose, Gray has a way of making readers feel like they are actually in Chicago during the World's Fair. . the mystery surrounding the 'Slasher' keeps the reader engaged throughout." --- 4 star review