Book Review-The House of Closed Doors-Jane Steen | Miki's Hope

Book Review-The House of Closed Doors-Jane Steen

Monday, November 2, 2020

This novel will tug at your heart strings as Nell Lillington goes from a sheltered girl who grew up in a wealthy home--to an unwed mother. In 1870 that was a big no no and she was sent to a poor farm to have her baby and then give it up for adoption.

Bodies are discovered at the poor farm in an unused portion of the house behind a locked door. Nell is positive that it was murder--but how to prove it. She decides then and there to have her baby and keep it--but how will she get away--who will help her?

There is a happy ending for Nell as secrets come out and the murderer found--but not without angst and trouble!

I really enjoyed reading this book-it was engrossing with characters that you will either love or hate!

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced. Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he'd found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth"

Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of her child's father and accepts her stepfather's decision that the baby be born at a Poor Farm and discreetly adopted.

Until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out.

Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and rethinks her decision to abandon her own child to fate. But even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby she may have no safe place to run to.

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About the Author: (from Amazon)

The most important fact you need to know about Jane Steen is that she was named after Jane Eyre, which to this day remains one of her favorite books. She was clearly doomed to love all things Victorian, and ended up studying both English and French nineteenth-century writers in depth.

This was a pretty good grounding for launching herself into writing novels set in the nineteenth century. Jane was living in the Chicago suburbs when she began writing the House of Closed Doors series, inspired by a photograph of the long-vanished County Poor Farm in her area.

Now back in her native England, Jane lives in an idyllic ancient town in sight of the sea. This location has sparked a new series about an aristocratic family with more secrets than most: The Scott-De Quincy Mysteries.

Jane writes for readers who love a series you can't put down. She blends saga, mystery, adventure, and a touch of romance, set against the background of the real-life issues facing women in the late nineteenth century.

Jane is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors, the Historical Novel Society, Novelists, Inc., and the Society of Authors.

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LilBambinos said...

My daughter loves historical fiction. Ill have to tell her about this book.

megana said...

This looks like a good read! Thanks for sharing!

Debbie P said...

I love historical fiction and this sounds like an excellent read.

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