The White City
Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s FairStep 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?

The White City Details

TitleThe White City
Author
ReleaseMar 1st, 2019
PublisherBarbour Books
ISBN-139781683228684
Rating
GenreMystery, Christian Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

The White City Review

  • Valerity (Val)
    January 1, 1970
    The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of Romance and American CrimeThis is a new series called True Colors by Grace Hitchcock, with The White City being her debut novel in the series. As you can see, they are historical stories of romance and American crime, which is what got my interest. It must have been a late night when I was sleep deprived when I chose this one because somehow I mistook this for non-fiction. But since I agreed to it, I’m going to read and review it anyway. I tend The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of Romance and American CrimeThis is a new series called True Colors by Grace Hitchcock, with The White City being her debut novel in the series. As you can see, they are historical stories of romance and American crime, which is what got my interest. It must have been a late night when I was sleep deprived when I chose this one because somehow I mistook this for non-fiction. But since I agreed to it, I’m going to read and review it anyway. I tend to like my true crime well, true. Strictly non-fiction and the lines have blurred when it comes to putting these books out on that category, despite them being fiction. With that said, I read the book with an open mind and it turned out to be rather good, all in all.The author chose a real serial killer to base her story on, H.H. Holmes who was active at the time of the Chicago World’s Fair when he had his famous hotel with the strangely built rooms on the upper floors. There were bad rumors of all sorts about it, but it didn’t stop people from staying there anyway, as rooms were hard to come by with people coming from all over the world to see the fair. While I found the premise of the story a bit shaky, the story itself worked quite well and the characters were pretty likable. By the end, I was pretty pulled into it and wanted to see how it was going to end. It is listed as a Christian book but there wasn’t an overload of that type matter as it went along, it just sort of blended in with what was going on. I think romance readers will go for this series, especially those of a Christian nature. My thanks for the advance electronic copy that was provided by NetGalley, author Grace Hitchcock, and the publisher for my fair review.Also on my BookZone blog:https://wordpress.com/post/bookblog20...
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  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    Just after I began reading The White City, I made a visit to our local library to gain a little background information on H.H. Holmes. Labeled America’s First Serial Killer, this man’s crimes were remarkably heinous. I don’t think the extent of his wickedness is completely fleshed out in the book since it only tells a portion of his story (June-October 1893). However, readers will experience increasing trepidation on behalf of Miss Wylde as she engages in ever riskier behaviors while gathering e Just after I began reading The White City, I made a visit to our local library to gain a little background information on H.H. Holmes. Labeled America’s First Serial Killer, this man’s crimes were remarkably heinous. I don’t think the extent of his wickedness is completely fleshed out in the book since it only tells a portion of his story (June-October 1893). However, readers will experience increasing trepidation on behalf of Miss Wylde as she engages in ever riskier behaviors while gathering evidence of his crimes.Hitchcock took this true crime novel in a direction I was not anticipating. From the synopsis, I expected a historical suspense/thriller. What I held in my hands was a romance novel where Holmes played the villain and the courageous, but overly curious Winnie Wylde would eventually be the damsel in distress. Once I mentally shifted genres, I became immersed in the story—enjoying the numerous suspense-filled scenes as well as Winnie Wylde’s delightful and relatable obsession with books.Grace Hitchcock’s debut will resonate with historical romance readers. I’d also recommend The White City to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries and amateur sleuthing.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    What a lovely debut!Winnifred Wylde is the daughter of a police inspector and avid reader of romantic suspense novels. She fancies herself as observant and longs to catch someone in a crime. However, she has cried wolf one too many times and no one at the police station believes her crime leads.The White City is based upon the serial killer at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. The author does a fabulous job of blending fact and fiction. Both Jude and Percival are wonderful male characters.Thi What a lovely debut!Winnifred Wylde is the daughter of a police inspector and avid reader of romantic suspense novels. She fancies herself as observant and longs to catch someone in a crime. However, she has cried wolf one too many times and no one at the police station believes her crime leads.The White City is based upon the serial killer at the World's Fair in Chicago in 1893. The author does a fabulous job of blending fact and fiction. Both Jude and Percival are wonderful male characters.This novel reminded me a bit of A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin. I absolutely look forward to what this author writes next.My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    So, the description of this book did NOT lead me to believe this was a romance novel. I thought it was a historical novel based on true crime. It is nominally, but really, it's a Christian Romance Novel.As a Christian Romance Novel, it's a good one.Our main character, Winnie, is a delight. She's plucky, sweet, funny, and falls head over heels in love while investigating America's First Serial Killer.Jude, our hero, is also a delight. He's rugged, handsome, slightly tortured, and a generally nice So, the description of this book did NOT lead me to believe this was a romance novel. I thought it was a historical novel based on true crime. It is nominally, but really, it's a Christian Romance Novel.As a Christian Romance Novel, it's a good one.Our main character, Winnie, is a delight. She's plucky, sweet, funny, and falls head over heels in love while investigating America's First Serial Killer.Jude, our hero, is also a delight. He's rugged, handsome, slightly tortured, and a generally nice guy who falls head over heels with Winnie.Our serial killer is...not important.Honestly, as a serial killer novel/true crime/mystery, it's kind of a fail. H.H. Holmes, a man who confessed to 27 murders in real life, is described as a bumbling insurance fraudster (the killing is mostly only implied) who just may be a stumbling block to our happy couple's love.The historical details of The Chicago World's Fair are terrific. And I loved most of our characters.I just didn't get what I thought I was getting.Christian Romance: 5 StarsHistorical/True Crime/Mystery: 1 StarAverage Rating: 3 StarsJust know what you're getting here.
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    The White City by Grace Hitchcock is part of a new series put out by Barbour Publishers. Each story is based on a true crime in American history. This one deals with the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.What could be more exciting than a World’s Fair right in your home town? Winnifred Wylde, whose father is an inspector in the Chicago police department is about to find out. With her aunt out of town on a visit, her father assigns detective Jude Thorpe to keep an eye out for Winnie for protection. Ms The White City by Grace Hitchcock is part of a new series put out by Barbour Publishers. Each story is based on a true crime in American history. This one deals with the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.What could be more exciting than a World’s Fair right in your home town? Winnifred Wylde, whose father is an inspector in the Chicago police department is about to find out. With her aunt out of town on a visit, her father assigns detective Jude Thorpe to keep an eye out for Winnie for protection. Ms. Hitchcock spins a mysterious tale around the real facts of a serial killer amidst the Fair of 1893. She takes a spunky heroine and gives her an insatiable desire for romance novels. The last of her friends to make a marriage match, she finds herself with two suitors but only one meets with approval from her aunt and father. Among the fascinating details of the Fair, the author puts you in another era. I was kept turning pages to see what trouble Winnie and her bodyguard could get into. And when Percy Covington, a very suitable suitor, comes to call, can Winnie decide which is the man for her? This was a wonderfully colorful story and very appropriate to the series title TRUE COLORS.*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own. *
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  • Sarita
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this debut novel from Grace Hitchcock. She brought to life an interesting, funky, take charge heroine, two dashing men as possible love interests and a realistic hero.Winnie was easy to connect with - her personality was quite feisty and her love for mystery novels sealed the deal. She found herself in a few difficult situations where she sought help instead of being a naive lady who think she can take on everything on her own.Jude was quite the dashing hero who had my vote from t I really liked this debut novel from Grace Hitchcock. She brought to life an interesting, funky, take charge heroine, two dashing men as possible love interests and a realistic hero.Winnie was easy to connect with - her personality was quite feisty and her love for mystery novels sealed the deal. She found herself in a few difficult situations where she sought help instead of being a naive lady who think she can take on everything on her own.Jude was quite the dashing hero who had my vote from the first time I met him and the tension between him and Winnie was tangible and real. I would classify this story as a mystery more than suspense (what I initially expected when I read the book summary). There was one scene at the end which was more suspenseful, but the feel for most of the story was more of a mystery - following the leads in solving the crime but not feeling that anxiety of danger. It was very enjoyable. Fact and fiction flowed nicely.I would definitely read more from this author and looking forward to the series based on true crimes.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    The White City is a vibrant mystery, with more of a cozy feel than a sinister one. I've read some non-fiction accounts of H.H. Holmes, and it's really quite gruesome. The extent of his depravity and evil is not touched on here, as this story takes place nearer to the beginning of his terrible acts. However, there is enough that the danger is real and present throughout the pages of this book.At first I was a bit worried that Winnie was going to be too silly, but I was soon won over by her vivaci The White City is a vibrant mystery, with more of a cozy feel than a sinister one. I've read some non-fiction accounts of H.H. Holmes, and it's really quite gruesome. The extent of his depravity and evil is not touched on here, as this story takes place nearer to the beginning of his terrible acts. However, there is enough that the danger is real and present throughout the pages of this book.At first I was a bit worried that Winnie was going to be too silly, but I was soon won over by her vivacity and charm. Her interactions with Detective Jude Thorpe are fun and sweet, and even though I don't enjoy a love triangle, even Percival won me over (I wouldn't mind seeing him in a future novel). Winnie is also a complete bookworm, so what's not to love about that. As with any bookworm though, occasionally our imagination might get the best of us - which is what happens to Winnie. She has to prove to her father that she knows what she's talking about and can back up her claims with evidence. Hence, where the sleuthing and danger come into play. Winnie's family plays a significant role in this story, as does romance, so if you're looking for suspense alone, that's not this title. I for one enjoyed the mix, and once I realized it was more of a cozy mystery, the story flowed well for me. I also found the descriptions of the city and the World's Fair to be lovely and a great backdrop for the events of the story.I enjoyed this debut novel; it shows great promise for the stories that I know are to come from Grace Hitchcock.I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to post a positive review, and the thoughts expressed here are my own.
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  • Wade
    January 1, 1970
    The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a very different novel that I am used to reading. Taking place in the late 1800's and inspired by true criminal events, I didn't know quite what I was getting into. But after many positive reviews and many marking it as To-Read, I thought I would take the plunge and was very pleased with this book.First off, Winnie Wylde was an enjoyable heroine, full of spunk and imagination. She was a believable character and one that I could understand attracting the atten The White City by Grace Hitchcock is a very different novel that I am used to reading. Taking place in the late 1800's and inspired by true criminal events, I didn't know quite what I was getting into. But after many positive reviews and many marking it as To-Read, I thought I would take the plunge and was very pleased with this book.First off, Winnie Wylde was an enjoyable heroine, full of spunk and imagination. She was a believable character and one that I could understand attracting the attention of various would-be-courters! And the secondary characters were also great...Jude the detective, Percival the author, Danielle the silly friend, and HH Holmes (who was based on a real character). I found the setting top-notch, the dialogue sounded believable to the times, and the writing was definitely stellar.My only complaints that kept it from being a 5-star was that it ran a little slow at times, the mystery aspects could have given a little more misdirection.And for fun, try and count how many times Winnie blushes/face turns read throughout the course of the novel :)I received this book free from Netgalley and publisher Barbour in exchange for an honest review.Check out other reviews at: https://wadeurspider01.wixsite.com/we...
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    The White City is by a new to me author. I really enjoy getting to read a new author and I enjoyed this book very much. This story is based on real crimes by a man dubbed as the first serial killer in America. Now, this may sound like the book may be gritty or gory. It is not. This is a romantic mystery that has light hearted moments as well as page turning action. This is set during the World's Fair in Chicago. I enjoyed all of the characters and fell in love with the hero, Jude. He showed hims The White City is by a new to me author. I really enjoy getting to read a new author and I enjoyed this book very much. This story is based on real crimes by a man dubbed as the first serial killer in America. Now, this may sound like the book may be gritty or gory. It is not. This is a romantic mystery that has light hearted moments as well as page turning action. This is set during the World's Fair in Chicago. I enjoyed all of the characters and fell in love with the hero, Jude. He showed himself to be a very heroic detective. Especially, at the end of the book. Wowser! The heroine, Winnie is an avid reader and enjoys adventure, while being very prim and proper at the same time. I enjoy a heroine who is feminine but doesn't mind taking risks and to help others. (I wouldn't let my daughter do it, but hey, it's fiction)The book is easy to read and I read it at a steady pace. 4.5 stars!*I was given a copy of this book by Barbour Publishing. I was not under any obligation to leave a review. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Karen R
    January 1, 1970
    An engaging read based on real crimes. In Chicago, 1893, the World's Fair was in full swing, bringing huge crowds to sightsee, and a wave of crime. The inspector's daughter, Winifred, takes it on herself to investigate one on her own.This story moves quickly, and picks up the pace with more action towards the end as Winnie digs in deeper. It has a touch of melodrama in parts, like the books Winnie likes to read, but fits well with the era. I liked Jude's character the best. He is brave, loyal, a An engaging read based on real crimes. In Chicago, 1893, the World's Fair was in full swing, bringing huge crowds to sightsee, and a wave of crime. The inspector's daughter, Winifred, takes it on herself to investigate one on her own.This story moves quickly, and picks up the pace with more action towards the end as Winnie digs in deeper. It has a touch of melodrama in parts, like the books Winnie likes to read, but fits well with the era. I liked Jude's character the best. He is brave, loyal, and smart. He and Winnie make a good crime solving pair. She turns to faith when faced with a scary task, and in her loneliness. "I am Yours, Lord. I am never alone."The author includes interesting historical notes at the end to fill in the details of the actual crimes.Fans of historical romances with some mystery will probably enjoy this story.(An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Diane Estrella
    January 1, 1970
    I loved it.When starting The White City, I instantly fell in love with the two main characters in this debut author's novel.As early as chapter 6, I knew this needed to be an ongoing series and now after finishing the book, I am sure of it. Not only is their relationship and personalities perfect to see how they interact together in upcoming mysteries, but there is already a supporting cast in place to compliment them as well. If Barbour Books does not make a mystery series with this power coupl I loved it.When starting The White City, I instantly fell in love with the two main characters in this debut author's novel.As early as chapter 6, I knew this needed to be an ongoing series and now after finishing the book, I am sure of it. Not only is their relationship and personalities perfect to see how they interact together in upcoming mysteries, but there is already a supporting cast in place to compliment them as well. If Barbour Books does not make a mystery series with this power couple, I will be sorely disappointed.The story is not fast paced, and not in the truest sense a mystery. We all know 'who done it'! However, the writing and character driven story unfolds gently without wild fanfare or an outrageous storyline to excel it. It develops naturally with the suspense building slowly. I will also give kudos to the author on her final concluding chapters. A lot of times, an author (or I've noticed a lot of movies on the Hallmark Channel, haha) finishes these types of stories as kind of an after-thought, without giving it the proper send off it deserves. I love the amount of time and closure that ended this book and made me agree with my original summation... we need to see more of Winnie and Jude!I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
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  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    I am a lover of true crime, historical fiction, suspense and romance. I mean a huge lover of all of them. So, when I saw that this was the best of all of those worlds, I was ecstatic. This is a debut novel from Grace Hitchcock and let me tell you what. The detail she includes in this story, made me feel like I was right there in the center of the World’s Fair, following these awesome characters, and reaching an ending that left me wanting another story just like it.Winnie and Jude’s characters a I am a lover of true crime, historical fiction, suspense and romance. I mean a huge lover of all of them. So, when I saw that this was the best of all of those worlds, I was ecstatic. This is a debut novel from Grace Hitchcock and let me tell you what. The detail she includes in this story, made me feel like I was right there in the center of the World’s Fair, following these awesome characters, and reaching an ending that left me wanting another story just like it.Winnie and Jude’s characters are wonderful! I loved them so good. The detail with which Hitchcock created the scenes that Winnie saw, and went through, and how Jude fell for her, was awesome. I felt like I became Winnie and fell for Jude instantly. Jude was a sweet soul and Winnie was absolutely full of spunk and sass!The real life serial killer aspect woven into the story was incredible. I had no idea about that time period having someone like that, and it really made the story that much more captivating. The twists and turns of the roller coaster story, seeing Winnie going “undercover” to prove to her Police Chief father that she was right, was fantastic and had me reading this book and finishing it in a 24 hour period.If you love historical novels, love the thrills of a great suspense story, and enjoy reading a God-filled romance book, then look no further than this 4 star debut. Ms. Hitchcock has extreme talent and is sure to be on the best sellers list before long! I sing the praises of this story loudly and can’t wait for the next book from this talented author, as well as another incredible installment in this new series from Barbour!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    I am really excited to jump into this series about true crimes from Historical America. The first book in the series is from Grace Hitchcock, and this is her debut novel. The story of The White City takes us to the world of the World's Fair in Chicago. Deanna Guist has also done a series around the World's Fair. It appears to be a popular time period to write about. But this time around, the novel is a mystery, which I LOVE to read. The idea of a heroine following her instincts from reading way I am really excited to jump into this series about true crimes from Historical America. The first book in the series is from Grace Hitchcock, and this is her debut novel. The story of The White City takes us to the world of the World's Fair in Chicago. Deanna Guist has also done a series around the World's Fair. It appears to be a popular time period to write about. But this time around, the novel is a mystery, which I LOVE to read. The idea of a heroine following her instincts from reading way too many mysteries has been done a number of times, but I still enjoyed reading the novel. The plot kept me engrossed as I flipped through the pages. It didn't take me long to finish the novel. I do like the idea of how the villain captured and eluded the police to get away with their crime. The romance was predictable too. I had a good idea of who Winnie would fall in love with. It is pretty predictable for a strong heroine to fall in love with this type of hero. The romance didn't sweep me off my feet either. I did enjoy following Winnie as she put herself in danger in order to prove her worth to her father. I do enjoy how she liked to read A LOT. It does remind me of me. I read A LOT and don't feel bad about doing it. It is a wonderful way to pass the time. Overall, The White City is a different mystery that sparked my interest. The romance and characters were predictable, but I enjoyed hanging out with Winnie. I believe fans of historical mysteries like Jaime Jo Wright might enjoy this novel. I received a complimentary copy of The White City by Grace Hitchcock from Barbour Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    What an endearing debut!Winnifred Wylde has her head in the clouds and for a moment I thought she'd border to be too naive. No fear though, this lady has gumption and determination! And this courageous personality is one the things that first draws investigator Jude Thorpe to her, to the point that almost makes him lose his mind in worry.Winnie knows Jude is only doing the job her father assigned him by looking out for her, nevertheless she can't help but notice how well they work together and h What an endearing debut!Winnifred Wylde has her head in the clouds and for a moment I thought she'd border to be too naive. No fear though, this lady has gumption and determination! And this courageous personality is one the things that first draws investigator Jude Thorpe to her, to the point that almost makes him lose his mind in worry.Winnie knows Jude is only doing the job her father assigned him by looking out for her, nevertheless she can't help but notice how well they work together and her differently he treats her compared to those who easily dismiss her. But Jude has his own secrets, and Winnie's dad has firmly stated his disregard for her to find a suitor in the law force.Will these be strong enough reason to keep Winnie and Jude from developing feelings towards each other? Or can they find a way to be together before the dangers be the final straw to keep them apart?* I received an advance copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Deanne Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    The author has authored novellas in collections but this is her debut novel.Bravo, make some noise to welcome author Grace Hitchcock.This book was fast paced and very interesting. It kept me reading it quickly as it's a not to be put down type of book once you start it. This is the first book in Barbour's new True Colors series. Historical Stories of American Crime. The thing I loved is this is based on a factual case which I have looked up and read more about.I will be on the lookout for more b The author has authored novellas in collections but this is her debut novel.Bravo, make some noise to welcome author Grace Hitchcock.This book was fast paced and very interesting. It kept me reading it quickly as it's a not to be put down type of book once you start it. This is the first book in Barbour's new True Colors series. Historical Stories of American Crime. The thing I loved is this is based on a factual case which I have looked up and read more about.I will be on the lookout for more books by this author and also in this series.Pub Date 01 Mar 2019I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Chautona Havig
    January 1, 1970
    Is True Crime My New Favorite Fictional Escape?The White City opened with a character I feared would make me run screaming. Winnie Wylde deceptively gives every evidence of being a shallow, self-absorbed, thoughtless girl on the first page or three of the book. Everything shifted around there, and page after page after page passed with me falling more and more in love with the girl at every turn.No, she isn’t perfect, but she does have admirable qualities and a dogged determination to redeem her Is True Crime My New Favorite Fictional Escape?The White City opened with a character I feared would make me run screaming. Winnie Wylde deceptively gives every evidence of being a shallow, self-absorbed, thoughtless girl on the first page or three of the book. Everything shifted around there, and page after page after page passed with me falling more and more in love with the girl at every turn.No, she isn’t perfect, but she does have admirable qualities and a dogged determination to redeem herself after an unfortunate (or two or three or more) miscalculation of motives and events in the past. Add to that her love of the old “penny dreadful” type stories, and well… can you blame her police inspector father for brushing her concerns aside?Layer by layer, the story unfolded, and as it did, something delightful happened. You got to see the horrible crime from outside the usual box of all the gruesomeness and ugliness. Instead, Grace Hitchcock told the story from someone out to prove the guilt of Mr. Holmes in order to prevent further horrors.We’re not treated to all the gory details, because Miss Wylde doesn’t encounter them much herself. Instead, you see her undercover efforts fail and succeed, and watch as she uncovers the truth—all the horrible bits of it. And yet we’re not dragged through much of that horror at all. If all true crime was like this, I’d love it.But it’s not just a fun book with an interesting storyline.The White City is also brilliantly written. I don’t know if any part of the writing even once pulled me from the story. In fact, I just sat here for a few seconds, trying to find something I didn’t like, and the closest I could come were the descriptions of Miss Wylde’s clothing. The thing is, there’s a point to those descriptions, and I really didn’t mind. I’ve never read anything by Grace Hitchcock before, but I’m off to find more. This woman… she can write. And anyone who can write like this needs a larger share of my bookshelf space.So… yeah. Well written, great plot, what’s not to love? What else could there be to recommend it? Well, there is just one more thing….I just loved how similar Winnie Wylde is to a favorite character of mine—Madeline Brown. Both girls have a doting aunt determined to see them well married. Both girls have indulgent fathers who, despite desires to protect them, allow a bit of sleuthing where other fathers wouldn’t. And both girls have a great love of detective stories—although Miss Wylde has a taste for the more lurid tales, I think.Seriously, if you love mysteries, The White City is for you. If you love history, this book is also for you. Is true crime your jam? You’ll want to spread a little of this on your toast (okay, that was just a weird one, wasn’t it?). And… if you enjoy Madeline Brown, you’ll love Winnie. I swear, these girls are literary soul sisters!Oh, and did I find a new fictional escape? Well, I may change my mind after the next one I’ve requested a review copy to read, but I doubt it. I’m sure not sorry that I requested this review copy! Even if I never read another true crime book again afterward, I plan to read every single one in the True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime series by Barbour Books.
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  • Carole Jarvis
    January 1, 1970
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2HmbP1xThe White City, book #1 in a new “true crime” series by Barbour Publishing, is a great debut by Grace Hitchcock. The writing is fresh, with a gentle humor throughout, and characters are well drawn. There’s plenty of suspense in this story inspired by a man known as America’s first serial killer, and romance is a major theme as well.I loved the vivid historic detail and was quickly drawn into the setting of Chicago’s World Fair during the summ Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2HmbP1xThe White City, book #1 in a new “true crime” series by Barbour Publishing, is a great debut by Grace Hitchcock. The writing is fresh, with a gentle humor throughout, and characters are well drawn. There’s plenty of suspense in this story inspired by a man known as America’s first serial killer, and romance is a major theme as well.I loved the vivid historic detail and was quickly drawn into the setting of Chicago’s World Fair during the summer months of 1893. Winnifred, daughter of Inspector Wylde of the Chicago police, is simply delightful. She’s brave, enthusiastic, and an avid reader of romantic adventures! Jude, the officer assigned to protect her while she poses as the suspect’s secretary, is a great match for her, both on and off the job. He’s intelligent, kind, caring, and self-sacrificing. There’s a little romance triangle with the addition of a secondary character who I enjoyed, but it’s really all about Jude and Winnifred. I loved how both strive to put their faith into action in every situation.Lighthearted moments give a good balance to a story about a serial killer, and the author captured the complexity of his nature, both charisma and propensity for violence. The story is more about detecting methods than crime details. In today’s high-tech world of crime solving, it’s fun to be swept back to a time where skills like observation and questioning played such a huge part, and many crimes did get solved that way.The White City is both interesting and entertaining, a great beginning to what promises to be a fascinating series. I look forward to more of Grace Hitchcock’s writing. Recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    My imagination was ignited right from chapter one. Drawn in with the colorful word imagery and witty dialogue and held captive by the vivacious characters, this is one book that you will want to read!Winnifred loves to read the popular dime novels, yet sometimes her imagination gets ahead of her. She is nearly certain that she witness's an abduction. However, her father, Inspector Wylde is reluctant to send out detectives on another one of her wild goose chases. Tasked with following her and kee My imagination was ignited right from chapter one. Drawn in with the colorful word imagery and witty dialogue and held captive by the vivacious characters, this is one book that you will want to read!Winnifred loves to read the popular dime novels, yet sometimes her imagination gets ahead of her. She is nearly certain that she witness's an abduction. However, her father, Inspector Wylde is reluctant to send out detectives on another one of her wild goose chases. Tasked with following her and keeping her safe, detective Jude Thorp becomes her personal bodyguard.Jude Thorp harbors his own secrets and shadowing a pampered socialite isn't what he had in mind when he moved to Chicago. However, he quickly finds out that Winnifred isn't your typical socialite. She carries a pistol in her muff and she knows how to use it! Jude Thorp's care and protection of Winnifred is one of my favorite things about this story! The slow-growing affection and Jude's desire to have Winnifred's father's approval is quite endearing.  While Winnifred is trying to uncover the dastardly deeds of the notorious H. H. Holmes a tender, swoon-worthy romance is growing! There are many fun layers to this story, mysteries to solve along the way, and danger lurking in the most unlikely of shadows! I highly recommend this romantic, page-turning story to anyone who enjoys a delightful adventure with their romance!(I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    What an adventure! I loved this. I am so happy to see a new series in the works, written by different authors, but all based in real history. And, SUPER excited to see Christian Fiction based on true crime. Winnifred and Jude were just wonderful. Winnifred is a spunky and independent bookworm, daughter of a prominent Police Detective, determined (against the wishes of her Aunt Lillian and her father) that she shares more with her father's humble beginnings and dangerous work than with her Aunt's What an adventure! I loved this. I am so happy to see a new series in the works, written by different authors, but all based in real history. And, SUPER excited to see Christian Fiction based on true crime. Winnifred and Jude were just wonderful. Winnifred is a spunky and independent bookworm, daughter of a prominent Police Detective, determined (against the wishes of her Aunt Lillian and her father) that she shares more with her father's humble beginnings and dangerous work than with her Aunt's socialite society. Jude is an intelligent and ambitious detective transferred from New York with his own secret agenda, but quickly finds himself fighting the distraction of the beautiful and charming Winnifred.I loved their banter, I loved the mystery, and I enjoyed the historical research that obviously went into creating this story. I could almost taste and see the delights of the World's Fair. This was such a good mystery. I did not know much about the history of the World's Fair murders, so this was all new to me, but I'm sure it would still be enjoyable for those with some knowledge of H.H. Holmes. The romance is sweet without being syrupy, and the addition of a rival certainly made it that much better. The plot kept me reading, and I would certainly read more of Jude & Winnifred if their story continues.
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  • Heather Erickson
    January 1, 1970
    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, as did the terminology of that historical time and place: reticule and grip car, for instance 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, as did the terminology of that historical time and place: reticule and grip car, for instance. Other details such as inserting her hat pin. Scenes such as Winifred and one of her love interests, Detective Jude Thorpe, eating creole food for the first time were delightful. This showed the impact that the World’s Fair had on increasing cultural awareness. It also served as a humorous and romantic scene.Grace Hitchcock crafted the plot well crafted. I would describe this author as a weaver of words, interspersing, history, romance, mystery and idealism in perfect measure.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 evil 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 the 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!The White City is currently available for presale. It will be released on March 1, 2019. 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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  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    January 1, 1970
    The White City by Grace Hitchcock leads off a new multi-author series from Barbour Books that, at least in this first outing, weaves together a fictional historical romance with notorious American crimes.Set mainly at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and in a building that became notorious as the “murder castle” of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, this short novel centers around a would-be female detective and the police officer assigned to keeping her out of trouble. This novel mixes th The White City by Grace Hitchcock leads off a new multi-author series from Barbour Books that, at least in this first outing, weaves together a fictional historical romance with notorious American crimes.Set mainly at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and in a building that became notorious as the “murder castle” of America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes, this short novel centers around a would-be female detective and the police officer assigned to keeping her out of trouble. This novel mixes the fun of a historical romance between a spunky and determined Winifred Wylde and the stalwart, handsome Jude Thorpe with a true tale of a monstrous man whose criminal career almost reads like an unlikely work of fiction.The premise intrigued me, as I could not imagine wrapping a historical romance around the horrible crimes of H.H. Holmes. And this story itself is a bit implausible at times, but this does not detract from it’s odd mix of entertainment and horror.This is a novel, and perhaps a series, that will appeal to those who enjoy historical romance with a faith element and for fans of true crime mixed with fiction. An interesting choice for Barbour Books, and I find I’m curious to see what true American crimes this series will tackle next.This review refers to a digital galley read courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI was immediately enthralled by Grace Hitchcock's debut novel, The White City. A must read for fans of historical mysteries!The setting of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago is a stunning backdrop to one of the most horrific crime sprees in America. Although this is a fictional account of those events, I believe Hitchcock's attention to historical detail and research aided in a masterfully penned story. While the author hints at some of the atrocities committed by Doctor H. H. Holmes (Hen 4.5 starsI was immediately enthralled by Grace Hitchcock's debut novel, The White City. A must read for fans of historical mysteries!The setting of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago is a stunning backdrop to one of the most horrific crime sprees in America. Although this is a fictional account of those events, I believe Hitchcock's attention to historical detail and research aided in a masterfully penned story. While the author hints at some of the atrocities committed by Doctor H. H. Holmes (Henry Howard Holmes), she does not share some of the most gruesome details. Winnifred Wylde believes she has witnessed a kidnapping while visiting the World's Fair. When she reports this to her father, an inspector with the police department, he allows her to go undercover as a secretary for her suspect. The only concession is that she takes the bodyguard he assigns. Hitchcock pens a spunky heroine being courted by two charming suitors. While the romance was predictable, I enjoyed the story. It had everything I love, a good mystery filled with danger, wonderful setting, and an enjoyable cast of characters who relied upon their faith to strengthen and guide them. Grace Hitchcock is another author to add to my list. I am looking forward to reading more in Barbour's True Colors series that centers around actual events in American history. These are advertised as suspense with a romantic element. While these will be fictional accounts of true crime, I don't believe they will focus on the gory details. But I am sure there will be enough hair-raising moments to please this reader. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Netgalley and the author/publisher through CelebrateLit. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    I admit that before I read this book, I had no idea who H. H. Holmes was, but once I was introduced to the character, I had to go look him up and find out more. And that, to me, is what makes a great read.Though a fictionalized version of America’s first serial killer, The White City, engages readers in the city of Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, both the fair and Holmes’s hotel are brought to life on the pages as Winnifred Wylde goes undercover.Winnie’s father is a police inspector and wh I admit that before I read this book, I had no idea who H. H. Holmes was, but once I was introduced to the character, I had to go look him up and find out more. And that, to me, is what makes a great read.Though a fictionalized version of America’s first serial killer, The White City, engages readers in the city of Chicago during the 1893 World’s Fair, both the fair and Holmes’s hotel are brought to life on the pages as Winnifred Wylde goes undercover.Winnie’s father is a police inspector and when she reports a kidnapping, it’s not the first crime she’s brought to him. While he seems to brush her off, he also knows his daughter’s tenacity and assigns his new detective to watch over her.Grace Hitchcock spins a tale of suspicion without revealing the details (and not as graphically as many of the reports I read online did) until the very end. Amidst the mystery, there are two suitors, an aunt determined Winnie will marry well, beloved books, and a second mystery for Detective Jude Thorpe.If the rest of this series is as enjoyable as Hitchcock’s introduction (and I should add here her debut novel), readers are in for a treat.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    This is a good story that I enjoyed! I loved main characters Winnifred and Jude. Winnifred was so fun and delightfully spunky, and being an avid reader myself I could totally relate to her fabulous bookishness! And, Jude, well let's just say that he is a hero who made me swoon more than once! I love the concept behind the True Colors series of books, blending history and story. Grace Hitchcock skillfully wove together fact and fiction to create an engaging story! This book has tons of great roma This is a good story that I enjoyed! I loved main characters Winnifred and Jude. Winnifred was so fun and delightfully spunky, and being an avid reader myself I could totally relate to her fabulous bookishness! And, Jude, well let's just say that he is a hero who made me swoon more than once! I love the concept behind the True Colors series of books, blending history and story. Grace Hitchcock skillfully wove together fact and fiction to create an engaging story! This book has tons of great romantic moments that I just had to highlight on my Kindle! I was expecting this book to be a suspense, and while there was a great action packed climax, I was disappointed that even though there was a mystery thread there was not really any suspense throughout the rest of the book. Overall, while I would have liked more suspense, this is a very good story that I am glad I read! I recommend it and plan to read more of this author's work in the future.(4 Stars!)I received an ebook copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit team. Which did not influence my review in any way, all thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    Great start to a new series “True Colors” and “Grace Hitchcock” debut novel. I was fascinated with the historical aspect and the romance was intertwined with the suspense. Winnifred had me talking to the book, telling her no don’t do that. This author showed great balance in this story and I found it to be an enjoyable and interesting read. Afterwards I was researching the infamous H. H. Holmes. The Author’s Note at the end was very enlightening and a great bonus. If you are a fan of Cozy Myster Great start to a new series “True Colors” and “Grace Hitchcock” debut novel. I was fascinated with the historical aspect and the romance was intertwined with the suspense. Winnifred had me talking to the book, telling her no don’t do that. This author showed great balance in this story and I found it to be an enjoyable and interesting read. Afterwards I was researching the infamous H. H. Holmes. The Author’s Note at the end was very enlightening and a great bonus. If you are a fan of Cozy Mysteries, Historical Romance, and/or Inspirational Reads then it will appeal to you. I look forward to reading more by this author and in this series.I received a complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Cara
    January 1, 1970
    I love the idea of this book. A novel based on a crime that actually happened in history? Sounds fabulous, right? While I love the idea of it, I think the actual book left a bit to be desired. I don't want to be hard on this author as I believe this is her first full-length novel. I truly think that she could write some terrific novels. However, I found The White City to be slightly overdone and cheesy and maybe even a bit cliché. Of course, this is just my personal opinion, and I'm sure there a I love the idea of this book. A novel based on a crime that actually happened in history? Sounds fabulous, right? While I love the idea of it, I think the actual book left a bit to be desired. I don't want to be hard on this author as I believe this is her first full-length novel. I truly think that she could write some terrific novels. However, I found The White City to be slightly overdone and cheesy and maybe even a bit cliché. Of course, this is just my personal opinion, and I'm sure there are plenty of people who greatly enjoyed this book. Part of my dislike for this book came from my cynical reaction to cheesy love stories. The love story is a big part of the predictability of this book. Without giving away any spoilers, it ends just as you would expect. So in conclusion: great plot idea, but predictable. However in saying all of that, I would read another book by this author if she writes more. I believe this author has a lot of potential, and I predict that her books will only get better. I was given a free copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing in conjunction with Celebrate Lit. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Candy Daoust
    January 1, 1970
    This is an absolutely spellbinding book about Dr. H. H. Holmes, who was very real and became known as America’s first serial killer. This takes place during the World’s fair in Chicago in 1893. Although this book is fiction it brings to life the horrible person Dr. Holmes was. The book starts with a young woman, Winifred, attending the fair who thinks she sees a lady being kidnapped. Women have started to be reported missing and as her dad is the head of the police department, she goes to him wi This is an absolutely spellbinding book about Dr. H. H. Holmes, who was very real and became known as America’s first serial killer. This takes place during the World’s fair in Chicago in 1893. Although this book is fiction it brings to life the horrible person Dr. Holmes was. The book starts with a young woman, Winifred, attending the fair who thinks she sees a lady being kidnapped. Women have started to be reported missing and as her dad is the head of the police department, she goes to him with her concerns about the lady that she saw. She isn’t taken too seriously by her dad when she asks him if she could look into what she saw. He is not happy with the idea, but asks a new detective to follow her. Winifred becomes a secretary to Dr. Holmes suspecting him of the problems that have arisen. I’ll leave you to discover the rest of the book but I can assure you it is a wonderful, thrilling read. This is a debut book by Grace Hitchcock and I can assure you I will be looking for more of her books to come. I received an ARC from Netgalley for my review. #TheWhiteCity #NetGalley
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  • Jypsy
    January 1, 1970
    The White City is true crime. It's a thrilling mystery story. I found it a little slow for my taste. I wasn't able to connect with this one.
  • Tarissa
    January 1, 1970
    I think I just found one of my favorite literary heroines of the year. She adores books, has a nose for real-life mysteries, and isn't afraid of a little danger. If there was a sequel with this character in it, I'd read it.For her novel debut, Grace Hitchcock has hit it out of the park. Her storytelling qualities simply shine forth. I felt though that a little bit of "telling" comes out, instead of "showing", which slightly wavered my faith in that first wonderfully descriptive page in the book. I think I just found one of my favorite literary heroines of the year. She adores books, has a nose for real-life mysteries, and isn't afraid of a little danger. If there was a sequel with this character in it, I'd read it.For her novel debut, Grace Hitchcock has hit it out of the park. Her storytelling qualities simply shine forth. I felt though that a little bit of "telling" comes out, instead of "showing", which slightly wavered my faith in that first wonderfully descriptive page in the book. But in actuality, it really did hook me from the first line, to be honest. And it stuck.Now, it's a very romancey type of story. Of course, it's all kept very sweet, so for that I'm glad. But a big portion of the plot revolves around Winnie's potential suitors. My preference is typically more action, less romance -- but I still enjoyed it.The best aspect about the book is that it is Christian fiction, and keeps a soft spiritual undertone. It's not heavy, just a few prayers and scriptures, but I'm so glad that Winnie's faith is illustrated, and that good values triumph.Gory level: 1. (For a book about hunting down a serial killer, at least we don't have to deal with gruesome scenes. I was anxious about how ugly it could get, so that's why I felt like mentioning it here. It's totally fine!)Minimum age to enjoy: 13 to Adult. "...even though she may look the part of a young socialite, she had an adventurous soul." Five stars.Will I be reading the next book in the True Colors series? You betcha.Will I be on the lookout for what Grace Hitchcock will be writing next? You betcha.
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  • Crystal Caudill
    January 1, 1970
    Ya'll, this book is one of those rare six-star gems. It was one of those books that I struggled with deciding to devour or force myself to slow down and relish every detail. This book is exactly what my little heart has been dreaming of for the Christian market and has been so difficult to find. The danger, suspense, romance, AND history are combined in such an utterly wonderful story that I can only think of one or two books that have done it as well as in the past. Though there was not a huge Ya'll, this book is one of those rare six-star gems. It was one of those books that I struggled with deciding to devour or force myself to slow down and relish every detail. This book is exactly what my little heart has been dreaming of for the Christian market and has been so difficult to find. The danger, suspense, romance, AND history are combined in such an utterly wonderful story that I can only think of one or two books that have done it as well as in the past. Though there was not a huge "spiritual" thread as Christian authors are so often encouraged to promote, Grace managed to lace God in with a deft hand. This is going on my forever, read repeatedly, give as gifts, and force everyone I know to read pile.What I loved: Holy cow! What did I not love? I loved FINALLY having the satisfaction of a suspenseful book with a historical setting. I loved the romantic tension, the historical details, a serial killer on the loose, mystery, danger... Yeah, I could ramble forever.Who would like this? Absolutely anyone who loves romantic suspense, especially those who love historical romance but have been craving a little more danger and suspense in the writing. If you have any fascination with true crime stories, this is a GREAT story with one of my favorite true crimes in history.*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. The above opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.*
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