Deception on Sable Hill
By Shelly Gray
Unlikely duo, society detective, Owen Howard and rough-around-the-edges Irishman Lieutenant Sean Ryan pair up to apprehend the society slasher, who is skillfully killing or scarring society young ladies in Chicago. This daunting task is made worse by the world’s fair being held in Chicago. Sean and Owen are hired to moonlight by the society elite to protect their young ladies as they attend social functions. It is at one of these functions, Sean meets Eloisa Carstairs. Although Eloisa’s distrust of men (because she was raped by Douglas Sloan) usually causes her to shy away, she finds herself drawn to Sean and able to share the story of the rape with him, which is something she has not even told her parents. Although Eloisa’s mother is pushing for an engagement at the end of the society season, she knows no one will want to marry her because in society she is considered damaged goods. Sean also knows he has no chance of winning her heart due to the differences in their classes. In spite of this he continues to be her friend helping her to rebuild her self-confidence, while introducing her to life from the “other side of town”, through Hope House, a place for battered women and children to live. As Sean and Owen feverishly race to find the slasher, love between Eloisa and Sean blossoms. Will they catch the slasher before he claims another victim? Will Sean and Eloisa find a way to be together?
This was an enchanting love story about differences in social classes, which to a degree still exists today. As this story unfolds it will keep you on the edge of your seat, cheering for Sean and Eloisa. It is filled with twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages as it culminates in an ending complete with recovering from tragedy to acceptance, forgiveness and grace. This book is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.