The House of Closed Doors - Jane Steen

The House of Closed Doors

By Jane Steen

  • Release Date: 2012-06-25
  • Genre: Historical
The House of Closed Doors book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 498 Ratings)

The House of Closed Doors Jane Steen Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced.

Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he'd found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth."

Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of her child's father and accepts her stepfather's decision that the baby be born at a Poor Farm and discreetly adopted.

Until an unused padded cell is opened and two small bodies fall out.

Nell is the only resident of the Poor Farm who is convinced the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and rethinks her decision to abandon her own child to fate. But even if she manages to escape the Poor Farm with her baby she may have no safe place to run to.

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  • The House of Closed Doors

    By Just Jill's Jots
    I read to be educated, or entertained... this story did both very well! The characters were delightful, the "mystery" intriguing, the history interesting, and the solution believable. I had a hard time putting it down! The only bad thing is now I need to get book 2 so that I can see what happens next. Great read.
  • Cheerful, intriguing; lighthearted yet substantive

    By Westerread
    I so enjoyed my afternoon with these characters!
  • Joanniebow/ house of closed doors

    By joanniebow
    Excellent read! I found a new favorite author.
  • Enjoyable Mystery

    By Momma Leew
    This book is great for both historical fiction and mystery lovers.
  • Very much enjoyed

    By ohmsonam
    I was thrilled to read a book that brought pictures in my mind of all the events happening. The writing is brilliant and intriguing. I highly recommend this book and I can’t wait to read the next one.
  • The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen

    By Proctorasshole
    I throughly enjoyed the very strong female protagonist Nell who became stronger yet more compassionate with struggles that were common during the Victorian time period she lived in. A stellar group of characters in this book created a wonderful experience and seem very familiar to the reader as they work together to solve mysteries but most importantly find a special bond with each other. KSW
  • The House of Closed Doors

    By SuzeNo1
    I enjoyed this book.
  • Good Read

    By Jimbobdaddy1
    Gives a good picture of the standing of women prior to women’s rights.
  • The House of Closed Doors

    By Cappyjane
    Excellent! I love Historical Fiction, and this book certainly fills the bill. Hated to see the end, but will look for Ms Steen’s next two books.
  • Truly active reading with a great selection of scenes and characters.

    By Dog mystery lover
    Loved this book with the evil Hiram, sweet Tess, independent Nell, and loyal Martin. The author uses imagery words that are so easy to picture. You will love this book!

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