• Shadows of the White City

  • Windy City, Book 2
  • By: Jocelyn Green
  • Narrated by: Leah Horowitz
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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By: Jocelyn Green
Narrated by: Leah Horowitz
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The one thing Sylvie Townsend wants most is what she feared she was destined never to have - a family of her own. But taking in Polish immigrant Rose Dabrowski to raise and love quells those fears - until 17-year-old Rose goes missing at the World's Fair, and Sylvie's world unravels.  

Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder, Kristof Bartok, for help. He is Rose's violin instructor and the concertmaster for the Columbian Exposition Orchestra, and his language skills are vital to helping Sylvie navigate the immigrant communities where their search leads.  

From the glittering architecture of the fair to the dark houses of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, they're taken on a search that points to Rose's long-lost family. Is Sylvie willing to let the girl go? And as Kristof and Sylvie grow closer, can she reconcile her craving for control with her yearning to belong?

©2021 Jocelyn Green (P)2021 Recorded Books

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Fantastic Depth in Character and Location!

Wow! The historical detail and descriptions put me right in the middle of The Chicago World's Fair. I could see and feel everything the characters were going through.
Rose is a strong-willed, stubborn teenager longing for a connection to her past. Sylvie's heart and unconditional love for Rose shined throughout the story, especially the difficult times.
Kristof is one of the best hero's. He goes above and beyond to help Sylvie in her search for Rose. He also is unselfish when it comes to helping his gifted but careless brother.
Faith, trust, letting go are a big part of the journey Sylvie and Kristof must go through. Acceptance is another. I can't say more without spoilers. I will only say, this can, at times, be an emotional roller coaster but the ride is very much worth it.
I love Jocelyn Green's style of storytelling and look forward to more.
The narration is very well done!

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Fetching Historical Fiction

This book intrigued me because I am a native Chicagoan. The settings color a picture of the city before my time that enable me to envision that lifetime. Seeing lives lived generations before our time work through their struggles, causes a reader to ponder the challenges in all periods of time. And to work through any changes and challenges with grace.