The first thing I enjoyed about The White City by Grace Hitchcock was the care the author took in creating the atmosphere of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893. The heroine of the story, Winnifred Wylde, loves to read, so each chapter of The White City begins with a quote from popular books from that time period. The author often used Charles Dickens and Jane Austin quotes to set the scene for the reader. The terminology of that historical time and place such as reticule and grip car, and details like Winnifred inserting her hat pin add the realism. Scenes such as Winifred and one of her love interests, Detective Jude Thorpe, eating creole food for the first time were delightful. It not only served as a humorous and romantic scene but also showed the impact that the World’s Fair had on increasing cultural awareness.
Grace Hitchcock crafted the plot well. I would describe this author as a weaver of words, interspersing, history, romance, mystery and idealism in perfect measure.
Good, Clean, Mystery and Romance
One of the things I enjoyed the most was how “clean” The White City was. It never lost its integrity and was never hokey. The White City is absolute proof that you can write a Christian novel without being preachy. Christian values came through naturally and appropriately. This was especially impressive considering the background mystery was drawn from one of the evilest serial killers in all of American history. As a reader, I feared for the main characters. Yet never once did the author describe the details of HH Holmes’ gruesome crimes.
I loved every minute of The White City and had a hard time putting it down. This novel is part of True Colors—a new series of “Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime.” I hope to see more of the characters we were introduced to in The White City. They came to life on the page and it was hard to say goodbye at the end of the book.
It’s a rare book of which I can’t find something wrong.
This is one of those perfect books. I am proud to recommend Hitchcock’s debut novel, The White City, to anyone who likes mystery and romance with a dash of history. This would especially resonate with women, young and old (and teenage girls).
I give The White City an enthusiastic 5 stars!
Thank you to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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