When I was little, maybe 4, my baby sister got lost at our county fair. Under the guard of our two out-of-town uncles, some how my sister, who was 2ish, went missing. My uncles did a great job of making sure the rest of us kids didn’t work ourselves up with worry while we couldn’t find her. And while I don’t remember much, I remember my sweet little sister being escorted back to my uncles with one of the sheriff’s deputies at the fair.
Ya know, now that I think about it, all of my earliest memories include my sister. In fact, my very first memory isn’t of me, but of her falling and losing a baby tooth. Close in age, we were constant companions, and while we definitely had our squabbles, we have weathered a lot together over our last 26 years together.
My sister is my best friend. I don’t go a day without talking to her and the longest I’ve gone without seeing her is when I lived in France for 2 months, which I adjusted so I could be at her graduation, then cried because it meant missing her dorm move-in.
To say I relate to Rosalind in Secrets of Sloane House in the desperate search for her sister Miranda when she disappears during the Chicago world fair in the 1890’s is probably an understatement. You see, the sisters in the book weren’t exactly close, and yet Rosalind is willing to go to Chicago, work for an upperclass family and play detective to discover what happened to her sister. I get that. I can’t think of many things I wouldn’t do for my own sister.
And of course, being a Downton Abbey fan made the book all that much better with the downstairs people and the upstairs people living life in the same house and yet having these totally separate existences is just so intriguing. I love reading historical fiction (and watching BBC dramas) because of the glimpse I get into this life which is both uniquely similar and uniquely different from my own.
This book was a win for me. From Frozen to Sloane House, I love a good story about sisterly love. Add in a romantic love story and some mystery, and I think it’s a winning combo.
Speaking of winning, wouldn’t you like to win a copy of this book? This giveaway is sponsored by Family Christian Bookstores. Thanks guys!
And maybe you really like books? Or really like talking about books? Or really need an excuse to read books or hang out with girl friends? Then I am pleased to announce our new book club. Check it out. I’d love to have you!!
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