Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Great Debut Novel -- The White City

The White City (published in 2019) is a debut in two different ways:
(1) It was the first installment in the True Colors series.
(2) It was the debut novel of author Grace Hitchcock.                                                                
The White City is a very well-written story with interesting characters and an engaging plot. Winnifred Wylde is a dynamic young woman who is not easily stopped or distracted from her plans and ideas. Jude Thorpe is more restrained in his position as a Chicago policeman but manages to get himself caught up in Winnie's whirlwind. They, along with others, are easy to get involved with as the story builds.

Like the other books in this series, the story is a fictional tale built around an account of true crime in American history. I have read several of the books in the series and have enjoyed them all. This one differs from the others in that the crime seems to take a back seat to the romance. So, although the mystery element is definitely the foundation of the story, be prepared for much in the areas of romance and faith.

I recommend The White City to fans of Christian romance and light mystery. It was a pleasure to be introduced to Grace Hitchcock, and I look forward to reading more of her work which has followed this debut, including another installment in the True Colors series.

About the Book

Mysterious Disappearances Taint the Chicago World’s Fair.

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?

About the Author

Grace Hitchcock is the author of multiple historical novels and novellas. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, Dakota, son and daughter. Connect with her online at

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