Saturday, February 6, 2021

Shadows of the White City

 About the Book

 The one thing Sylvie Townsend wants most is what she feared she was destined never to have--a family of her own. But taking in Polish immigrant Rose Dabrowski to raise and love quells those fears--until seventeen-year-old Rose goes missing at the World's Fair, and Sylvie's world unravels.

Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder, Kristof Bartok, for help. He is Rose's violin instructor and the concertmaster for the Columbian Exposition Orchestra, and his language skills are vital to helping Sylvie navigate the immigrant communities where their search leads.

From the glittering architecture of the fair to the dark houses of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, they're taken on a search that points to Rose's long-lost family. Is Sylvie willing to let the girl go? And as Kristof and Sylvie grow closer, can she reconcile her craving for control with her yearning to belong? (Goodreads)




 My Thoughts

Isn't the cover of this book just beautiful!? This is the second book in the series and I highly recommend reading book one first. I have always enjoyed books set during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The whole idea of this big of an event for that time period and spanning that many acres is truly amazing and I wish I could have witnessed it. 

There is a bit of mystery in this story and it also shows the dark side of things during this time. I loved reading Sylvie's story as she is older and how things changed between books one and two. There are some wonderful secondary characters that also bring this book to life and I really enjoyed "visiting" Chicago in 1893. 

This is very much a historical novel and Jocelyn Green does a fantastic job with her research. If you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy all of her books. 

Four Stars. 

"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

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