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For unwed mother Nell Lillington, 1876 Chicago - and her new wealth - offer the promise of longed-for independence. She dreams of a place in society for her daughter Sarah and contentment for her friend Tess. Yet how can she settle in a town where she's far too likely to run into Martin Rutherford and his glittering, faithless wife, Lucetta? Can she resist her love for Martin for Sarah's sake?

Martin was doubtless joking when he told Nell that if she got herself mixed up with a murderer for the third time, he'd disown her. But when Martin himself is arrested for murder, Nell's dreams appear to be swallowed up in the new web of secrets she constructs to help him. Secrets that threaten to alienate Tess, Sarah, and even Martin....

The third book in the House of Closed Doors series will take you to a Chicago teeming with opportunistic new Americans, luxury-loving merchant princes and hard-hearted denizens of the underworld.

©2016 Jane Steen (P)2017 Jane Steen

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The Shadow Palace


The Shadow Palace
: Jane Steen

The 3rd book in the trilogy, I listened to the first book, but somehow missed book 2. This being said the story jumped ahead to Chicago with Nell trying to make a life for herself and her daughter and dear friend. There is a murder, suspense, and romance on the journey with plenty of twists and turns. I need to go back and listen to book 2.



The narration was well done.The characters were well portrayed. Elizabeth Klett gives a wonderful performance.



"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator."

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Lovely Series Finale.

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This is the third book in a series and although it could be good on its own I suggest reading the full series. It’s worth it! At this point in the story Nell has accumulated a good amount of wealth due to sound investments her great friend Martin helped her make. With her good fortune she is now trying to start a new life in Chicago with her daughter and good friend Tess. But as usual, bad things tend to happen around Nell. The twits and turns in this book are unique from the other two and keep you intrigued and interested. The narration of Elizabeth Klett is wonderful. She continues to do a great job with the character voices and with making the story come to life. If you enjoy a historical romance filled with intrigue, you should enjoy this audiobook. <br/>

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Amazing!!

Excellent story and a wonderful narrator. This historical tale was really brought to life by the narrator's performance. There's action, intrigue, and humor set against the backdrop of Chicago in the late 1800's. I didn't realize this was the third book in the series when I chose it to listen to, and will definitely be listening to the others, that being said this title can be easily listened to on it's own as past events are tied in and explained in enough detail to keep the story flowing even for someone who hasn't listened to or read the prior books. Highly recommend for fans of historical fiction! I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the narrator.

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Masterful series

The Shadow Palace, by Jane Steen, is the third book of The House of Closed Doors series, and in it we get a beautiful resolution to Nell and her family’s story. As always, Jane Steen delivers a great book, with colorful and interesting characters that seamlessly grew and came alive throughout the series.
Nell has learned a lot during her last years and hard experiences, and we can see she matured. Some of her main traits – like her stubbornness – continue, of course, and that lead us to a more mysterious plot than the ones before, in my opinion. She got herself in situations we wouldn’t expect, but it worked really well with the main plot. That is to say, this book had more twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and it only made the mystery more interesting. It also made sense for a character that looked for her autonomy since her early teens to act more, to do more, and really show her independency. Nell is a great female character, I feel I can relate to her, and she didn’t disappoint me, struggling, looking for her dreams and keeping her principles. We get to see a little more of Martin in this book, and the very human way he deals with the death of an unwanted wife. Again, Jane Steen portraits relatable and truthful characters, and the way the problems and other relationships affect them are very real. (Same with Tess and how she deals with her family).
The book is beautifully detailed in terms of a historical description, and we get to feel the beginning of the great department stores and the reconstruction of Chicago, and this is curious in its own right. I marveled with how easy Jane Steen brings us to different places in this period, which only shows how good a storyteller she is. I was pleasantly surprised with her first book, because I expected something different from the description, but now, knowing her work, I am a complete fan.
I was given a copy of the audio book in exchange of an honest review and I would recommend it to everyone. The narration is, as always, excellent and enriching of the experience, which makes the whole series a great listening.

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Nice Period Mystery

I was given a copy of this audio book free of charge so that I could listen and then provide an honest review. It was not hard to immerse myself in this period mystery and although I did not read the first two books, this did not seem to detract from enjoying this book in the series. Elizabeth Klett did a fine job of narration, although I sometimes found myself being a little bit distracted by her audibly loud sharp intake of breath after almost every sentence. Perhaps others won't even notice or be bothered by it, as otherwise the narration is great. Credit worthy listen.