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Title:
Deception on Sable Hill
Author:
Gray, Shelley Shepard., author.
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2015]

©2015.
Physical Description:
328 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
When Gilded Age Chicago debutante Eloisa Carstairs meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high society ball, she trusts him with a dark secret and turns to him for protection against a killer on the loose, but their disparate social standing complicates the feelings growing between them.

"It's mid-September of 1893, and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty 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 has confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball. Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe--even if he can never earn her affections. Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa and Sean's romance 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 tumbling down?"--page [4] cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780310338505
Format :
Book

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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?


Author Notes

Shelley Shephard Gray earned a bachelor's and master's degree in education. Before becoming a full time writer, she taught elementary school in Texas, Arizona, and Colorado. She started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to her and she wanted to write stories about regular people in extraordinary situations. Her works include the Sisters of the Heart series, Seasons of Sugarcreek series, The Families of Honor series, Heart of a Hero series, and Secrets of Crittenden County series.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Eloisa Carstairs is a beautiful and desirable young woman with a terrible secret. Although she moves in Gilded Age Chicago's high society, she eschews male attention, scarred by her recent trauma. That is, until she meets handsome Det. Sean Ryan. Their mutual attraction is instant, but their unequal social standing is an obstacle. However, Eloisa soon confides in Ryan about the assault she endured, and he swears to protect her at all costs. His faith in Jesus and the power of prayer strikes a chord in Eloisa, but a serial killer targeting society women puts their romance on hold. VERDICT Fans of Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City will note that Gray's (Secrets of Sloane House) suspenseful historical draws on the same case of the serial killer who preyed on young women during the Chicago World's Fair of 1893. The author also evokes the hierarchical social lines and the difficulties of relationships among different classes. Still, love blooms in the most unlikely hearts. A wise choice for readers who enjoy their historicals with a thrilling touch of suspense and romance. (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.