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The White City by Grace Hitchcock: Tour, Review, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Book: The White City

Author: Grace Hitchcock

Genre: Christian Historical/Suspense

Release Date: March 2019

The white CityMysterious 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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Book Review:

Wonderful history, filled with suspense and the power of love. I don’t remember ever reading any true crime novels so The White City was a fabulous way to start something new. Winnie was quite the heroine. Her antics from page one kept me eagerly anticipating the next situation she might unwittingly catch herself running into. Jude and Percy were both excellent suitors, but, of course, we’re going to pick one over the other. Winnie’s aunt is determined to marry Winnie off and end her sleuthing adventures, and Winnie’s father refuses to let her wed a lawman. Naturally, that means we’re going to be rooting for Jude, but Percy is perfectly acceptable suitor material.

The plot was pretty straightforward. I kept waiting for a red herring or some misdirection. I won’t tell you if I ever got it. You’ll have to read and find out for yourself.

Romance-wise, The White City was exactly what I expected for a true crime romance set in the late 1800’s. It was sweet, not overwhelming, and genuinely heartwarming. Both Winnie and Jude showed an adequate amount of faith without the message becoming preachy. I enjoyed reading the times when Jude would pray and ask for God’s direction.

Overall, The White City kept me entertained and curious about whether Winnie was correct about the missing woman from beginning to end. Her antics gave her a whimsical air and kept the plot fresh as she worked to be her own woman instead of bowing to society.

About the Author

grace hitchcockGrace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance BridesThe 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 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.

2 thoughts on “The White City by Grace Hitchcock: Tour, Review, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit”

  1. My sister-in-law lived in a house that was just across the street from H. H. Holmes’s old house. She is the one who told me about him (around the time a documentary came out about his history). That’s why I want to read this!

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  2. Congrats on this tour and thank for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

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