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 seventeen-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?
Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green is amazing read. I was transported back in time to the city of my birth. I was in love! Since I was born in Chicago, I was excited to read this book. I have read previous books by Jocelyn Green and enjoyed each one just as much. In this heartfelt tale, I followed a young woman who dreams of something and ends up getting that dream. Sylvie wants a family of her own. She adopts a young girl whose father is dying. The journey of this adoption is new and scary for Sylvie. She wants the best for the young girl under her care. Only she ends up missing. Together, this heroine and the hero come together to find the girl. Sylvie’s love for this child was breathtaking. She loved the girl with such a ferocity, the girl could have been her very own child she birthed. The hero is a charming gentleman who knows the young girl that Sylvie needs to find. He and Sylvie begin to feel things for each other while searching. Only they didn’t think that life could possibly bring them what their hearts desired. It was incredibly hard to not love these characters. The whole cast made this book come alive. Their personalities, the dialogue, and the action made this a must read. I could not stop reading. I had to finish it. Now, I want to read more. I cannot wait to see what Jocelyn Green writes next. Overall, this was a very clean read and well-written.