For unwed mother Nell Lillington, 1876 Chicago—and her new wealth—offer the promise of longed-for independence. She dreams of a place in society for her daughter Sarah and contentment for her friend Tess. Yet how can she settle in a town where she's far too likely to run into Martin Rutherford and his glittering, faithless wife, Lucetta? Can she resist her love for Martin for Sarah's sake?
Martin was doubtless joking when he told Nell that if she got herself mixed up with a murderer for the third time, he'd disown her. But when Martin himself is arrested for murder, Nell's dreams appear to be swallowed up in the new web of secrets she constructs to help him. Secrets that threaten to alienate Tess, Sarah, and even Martin . . .
The third book in the House of Closed Doors series will take you to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans, luxury-loving merchant princes and hard-hearted denizens of the underworld.
Enjoyed the culmination of Nell’s story. Wonderful sense of the hustle of a growing city and just a truly exciting, sweet story. Loved it andhope for some spin offs.
The Shadow Place
I loved the series the first 2 books kept you wanting to read more. I was disappointed in the ending of the last book. No description of their wedding or wedding night. Felt like a very abrupt ending.
I didn’t want to put it down!
The Shadow Palace is as good as the the the first two in the series. The lives of Nell, Martin and the rest carry vibrant personalities. Descriptions of the areas put you there seeing it.
Being from the Chicago area, I loved the historical references. And learned more than a few things. For a reader, like me, who likes a variety of genres. I really like this new one I’ve found.