The White City

  • Author: Grace Hitchcock
  • Publisher: Barbour Books
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Release Date: March 1, 2019
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  • GenreChristian
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Book Summary

Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair

Step into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard.

Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?

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Guest Post from Grace

True Colors—Fiction Based on Strange, But True, American Crime Stories

True, riveting stories of American criminal activity are explored through 6 unique stories of historical romantic suspense in the exciting new True Colors series.

In book one, The White City, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped while attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a detective, for bodyguard.

Will she be able to expose H. H. Holmes’s illicit activity, or will Winnifred become his next victim?

The Real Criminal Behind the Story

While Winnifred Wylde is a fictional character, Doctor H. H. Holmes was very real and became infamously known as America’s first serial killer. Learn more about him HERE.

About The Author

Grace Hitchcock is the author of The White City and The Gray Chamber from Barbour Publishing. She has written multiple novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son.

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Book Review by Bree Herron

Give me a novel set during the World Fair in Chicago any day. This has been one of the best that I have read that is set during this period of history with vivid characters, a great mystery plot, and the possibility of finding more than just a killer.

Winnifred is a character that not only charms the others around her but will easily charm the reader.  I instantly liked her and her ability to be a penny-dime junkie was a detail that made her an instant friend to me. Winnifred has no fear (okay, she has some) when it comes to finding out all the dark details to the disappearances and the why behind all the mystery.

I really like how the author wrote about the interactions between Winnifred and other characters. I felt like a polite bystander snooping on the conversations and watching in my mind what they would do next. Jude is not only trying to just do his job but Winnifred is making it harder to not fall in love with her (because, hello, she is really loveable) and let me just say I always place Jude Law as the person for a character named Jude and in my mind it worked nicely (not that he fits the description completely, but hey I gave him a chance). 

Overall, by this book’s ability to gain the reader’s attention and have you hunting for clues to the end, I can easily say that this debut novel is one for the bibliophiles. Not only is there historical facts, but characters that lead you into the story to be by their sides. I think this series will be successful and I will be seeking to read more by this author specifically.

I Rate it

**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Grace is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The White City!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway!

Find out all the details and enter to WIN at The White City Celebration Tour Giveaway.

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