About the Book
Book: The Gray Chamber
Author: Grace Hitchcock
Genre: Christian Historical / Suspense
Release Date: January, 2020
Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?
Step into True Colors—a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
On Blackwell’s Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.
With her late parents’ fortune under her uncle’s care until her twenty-fifth birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. And Edyth fears she will never be found.
At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?
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This was another great addition to the True Colors series. Although Edyth was a fictional character, her story was based on real events and the unfortunate untold stories of many. With raw emotion and gut wrenching circumstances, this is a read I won’t soon be forgetting.
While the name Nellie Bly is often associated with the exposing of the horrors that happened behind the walls of insane asylums, I actually liked to see that she was more of a supporting character in this instead of the leading role. It breathed life into some of the people she would have encountered and gave them their own story.
The further I got into this read the more my blood boiled over Edyth’s predicament. What was more infuriating was knowing that what she went through was just a glimpse at what others truly experienced. My heart desperately sought for justice to be served and it kept the pages turning rapidly until I had finished the entire book.
This was such an easy read to get sucked into and it’s one that I highly recommend. I know that this is one that’s going to stay with me and I look forward to reading more from the series in the future.
*I received a copy of this book through CelebrateLit. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
About the Author
Grace Hitchcock is the author of three novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections with Barbour Publishing. The White City is her debut novel and releases March 2019 with Barbour Publishing. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in History. Grace lives in southern Louisiana with her husband, Dakota, and son. Visit Grace online at GraceHitchcock.com.
More from Grace
I am thrilled to share with you my second novel in the True Colors series, The Gray Chamber, which is set in New York City in 1887. I loved writing about Edyth Foster, our cat-rescuing, spunky heroine who spends her days painting, fencing with her dreamy instructor, and avoiding society at all costs, which as you can imagine, comes back to haunt her before the end. I’ve never written about a character who despised reading, so that was a new one for me. Edyth just doesn’t like to sit still long enough to finish a book, but you’ll find out why later.
I am pretty certain the librarians at my local branch are wondering what in the world my hobbies are, judging from the stacks of fencing books for beginners, histories of New York crime in the 19th century, and Nellie Bly’s Ten Days in a Mad-House, and more that I have continuously checked out since moving back to Louisiana.
The inspiration for this book came from Nellie Bly’s scandalous exposé for Joseph Pulitzer’s newspaper, The World. In reading Nellie’s articles, I was shocked at the grounds by which the asylum would commit women and that’s when I discovered a tiny mention about an heiress with family members who had her tucked away so they could have her fortune. . .and Edyth Foster was born.
I hope you will enjoy reading about our eccentric leading lady and her fencing master hero, Raoul “Bane” Banebridge. If you are interested in seeing pictures of the asylum and to see what I pictured the characters looking like, check out my Pinterest board here.
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“With beautiful description and shiver-worthy scenes, Grace Hitchcock has penned an incredible fiction story based on true history. The Gray Chamber was a fascinating and chilling read. Edyth’s story had me glued to the pages. But as I journeyed with the heiress and her eccentricities, the greed of her family which saw her locked up in an asylum against her will made me grateful for the freedoms I have today. And made me pray that my voice would never be silenced. The nightmare was brought to life so vividly that I found myself holding my breath and then cheering on Bane as he never gave up on Edyth. This is a story that will stick with me for a long time…”
~Kimberley Woodhouse – Carol-Award winning and Best-Selling Author of more than twenty books, including: MissTaken Identity, The Express Bride, The Golden Bride, The Patriot Bride, and The Mayflower Bride.
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Thank you for your great review on “The Gray Chamber” by Grace Hitchcock and for being part of the book tour.
Sounds like a fabulous book and one I can’t wait for the opportunity to read. Intriguing cover.
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Hope you get the chance to read it!
I just finished this last night!! It was so good!! Five stars from me, too! Great review!!
Thanks! Glad you liked it too 😊
The publisher sent me this book, but I’m so not good with this genre. I’m a baby and this is scary info to me. I know who Nellie Bly is and I don’t want to read about this information. But, your review makes the book sound so good! I may have to overcome my fears.
I get that. I know some people had a hard time with the content but it could have been worse. Knowing that things would work out in the end made it easier handle. I can talk with you more specifically if you want to know more before you open it up 🙂
You read The Bright Unknown, right? Is it like that or scarier?
I felt it was less so but similar. The Bright Unknown was more emotional and mental where this is one is more action and reaction
Got it. Thank you!
I’m always looking for new authors to read, sounds good!
Thank you for the wonderful review and for having me on your blog, Becca!
You’re very welcome! <3
Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.
Wonderful review Becca. I am looking forward to reading this one. I have enjoyed the others in this series.
I’m a little picky and choosy as far as what ones I’ll read in this series but it’s nice that you can since they’re all standalones. I’m a little particular what I’ll read in this genre because I don’t want nightmares lol
I understand completely.
Thank you for your wonderful review! I’ve been enjoying this series! I’m excited to read this one.
Hope you like it too!
I’m looking forward to reading this!