About the Book
Book: The White City
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense
Release Date: March, 2019
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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About the Author
Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 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. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.
Guest Post from GraceTrue 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.
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The White City is the first installment of a new series of books called True Colors, historical fiction based on "strange but true" history. It's strange but true historical basis is the infamous H.H. Holmes and his hotel of horrors. Although the true story certainly is a horror story, The White City is more of a romance adventure novel. When the chief of police's daughter says that she witnessed an abduction, her father assigns one of his men to become her bodyguard while she pursues what she believes is a big lead. She finds herself working for the possible suspect, and as her entanglement with the suspect grows, so does her feelings for her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her dad is adamant about her not being involved with a policeman. Suspense heats up as Winnifred stumbles upon even more suspicious findings at work. Will they be able to find enough proof to stop him? And will she be able to convince her father to change his rule and pursue a future with the only one who may be able to keep her safe.
I love the premise of this novel being based on a true historical criminal, and I look forward to checking out the next in the series. I could really relate to Winnifred and her love of reading and thirst for adventure. I enjoyed her friends and possible beaus because even side characters were interestingly portrayed with their own little quirks and unique personalities. The White City has a little bit of everything: suspense, romance, a detailed setting; but in my opinion the characters and historical detail were what made this book. If you are looking for a historical romantic suspense, this is the book for you!
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