The House of Closed DoorsJane Steen

The House of Closed Doors

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The House of Closed Doors by Jane Steen Book Summary

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.

The House of Closed Doors (Jane Steen) Book Reviews

Loved ItThis book drew me in and kept me turning the pages. I loved every minute enveloped in the story, and can't wait to read the rest of the series!.Score: 5/5

The House of Closed DoorsI enjoyed this book..Score: 4/5

The House of Closed DoorsExcellent story and thank God I didn’t live in that time era. I was very sad that I had to purchase the next book to find out the conclusion..Score: 5/5

Heat warming and couldn’t put it downI’m planning on reading the rest of her series..Score: 5/5

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The House of Closed DoorsThe House of Closed Doors was a very good & interesting read, a page turner. I would readily recommend it to other readers, & look forward to reading more books by this author..Score: 4/5

The house of closed doorsI found this book to be delightful. Easy to read and the story line flowed. Looking forward to reading more about Nell and Martin.Score: 5/5

Pregnancy doesn’t define a womanI appreciated the fact that while the protagonist does get pregnant, she doesn’t let pregnancy define her. The author portrayed her as a strong, independent character very effectively..Score: 4/5

The House of Closed DoorsI 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..Score: 5/5

The House of Closed DoorsGreat read. Really enjoyed it!.Score: 5/5

Great ReadPage turner…I am usually not into Historical Fiction, but I really enjoyed this. Nell was the perfect YA, navigating unexpected motherhood with grace and dignity despite the circumstances she was forced into. Nell refuses to marry or disclose the father of the child. The friends she makes while away from her family help shape her independence. Her family and extended family teach her and try her patience, and one member nearly kills her and her child. An easy thrilling read..Score: 5/5

The House of Closed Doors by Jane SteenI 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.Score: 5/5

Truly active reading with a great selection of scenes and characters.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!.Score: 5/5

The House Of Closed DoorsVery good read!.Score: 5/5

Brilliantly writtenI was hooked from the beginning. I enjoyed the strength of Nell and her dedication to her friends and family. The role of a woman at this time was well written. I can’t wait to see where her journey leads..Score: 5/5

Excellent!This author is phenomenal, the hard test were engaging from the first chapter. I wish it didn't end and I hope there is a sequel. Loved this book, highly recommend..Score: 5/5

A house of closed doorsOne of those books you just can't put down - you just want to know what is going to happen next. The mystery and secrecy keeps you in suspense to the very end.Score: 5/5

Catchy StoryI liked the story and plot of this book. However, there were too many grammatical errors and sometimes it was a little choppy in writing. I did enjoy the book!.Score: 4/5

Good ReadGives a good picture of the standing of women prior to women’s rights..Score: 4/5

House of closed doorsSo so very good.Score: 5/5

Closed DoorsVery interesting and and kept me anxious to read more every day I had some time to get back to the book. Defy a good read!!.Score: 5/5

Very much enjoyedI 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..Score: 3/5

Refreshing Period PieceSteen does a good job of navigating her characters though the post-CIvil War era where a young girl is given so little information about sexuality that she believes nothing drastic will happen if you are not lying down. She is, of course, wrong and finds herself with few options for her future — although she manages to keep some control as she refuses to tell the name of the father skirting the trap of marriage. She is, however, sent to a "poor farm” as an unwed mother where her views of accepted societal norms are further stretched. The characters are believable, the twists are refreshing, the historical references lend a sense of reality. I appreciate the PG quality of the writing as it means I do not have to hide it from my junior-highers. Although there are issues that demand further investigation in the next 2 books of the series, this first book comes to a satisfying conclusion that does not leave you feeling like you got gypped in the end. I look forward to reading both of the sequels..Score: 5/5

Determined to be true to thine own self.A tale that brings emotion. It draws you into the lives of the characters from the very beginning. It is difficult to stop reading as you need to find what comes next. A story that tells of difficult times & decisions & determination..Score: 5/5

Heart wrenching bookI enjoyed this book and hope to purchase the next one soon. I was born in 1939, but remember the places my family talked about. Some of them were still being used in my early life. Thank you for the informing book. Sincerely Marjorie Leatherwood.Score: 5/5

Cheerful, intriguing; lighthearted yet substantiveI so enjoyed my afternoon with these characters!.Score: 5/5

Joanniebow/ house of closed doorsExcellent read! I found a new favorite author..Score: 5/5

GreatIts a great book, i loved it..Score: 5/5

Gripping story!Good story of what it was like to be a unwed mother in Victorian times! The plot of our heroine grabs you and leaves you wanting more! Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

Do not pass up this one!Excellent! Story line grabs you and you cannot put down. Climax and ending were both well written and leaves you absorbed in the story line..Score: 5/5

What a read!Such an easy read...the storyline is nicely done! Can't wait to read the entire series!.Score: 5/5

Enjoyable MysteryThis book is great for both historical fiction and mystery lovers..Score: 4/5

Excellent Read!!This a book I’d never read based on my criteria. But, I liked the synopsis. I am very impressed and glad I read it, which are understatement. The characters become real and while reading you are there. It does become a page turner. I had to find out what happened! The Victorian era fascinates me. And, Nell is quite the rebel of those times. I will be reading more this series and hope to find Jane’s ghostly series too!.Score: 5/5

The House of Closed DoorsExcellent! 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..Score: 5/5

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Behind Closed DoorsI enjoyed this novel and find it astonishing that woman had to succumb to the male in the household..Score: 4/5

The House of Closed DoorsInteresting book. We’ve come a long way. As a modern woman this story is frightening. How times have changed, but not for all..Score: 5/5

The house of closed doorsExcellent reading…great characters who captured one imagination, great story of a young woman’s struggles with life in a restricted environment! Now onto the next adventure! Thank you for the writing! Warms the heart!,.Score: 5/5

Page TurnerExcellent book, mystery, intrigue and hints of romance. I kept having to read the next chapter, very good book!.Score: 5/5

The House of Closed DoorsA good, entertaining read! The story was fresh and was not predictable. Read this!.Score: 5/5

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Incredibly well writtenI’ve read lots of free books on Bookbub that were sadly mediocre. This book is well researched and beautifully written. No more thinking that passages clashed, grammar was poor and plots implausible. Strong characters and no gratuitous sentimentality. Finally a book here that I was desperate to finish..Score: 5/5

The house of closed doorsThis is the first novel by this author that I have read. It was thoroughly enjoyable. I found it hard to put down and read it in jig time which is always a sight to me that it is my kind of book . I look forward to reading the next one. Regards, Mary Marthinsen..Score: 5/5

House of closed doorsIntriguing novel, well written with good storyline..Score: 4/5

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