Historical Fiction, Review

The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock

The True Colors series is a collection of historical romance novels based on strange true American crimes. Next up, The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock!

about the book

The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock (True Colors)

The Gray Chamber by Grace HitchcockStep into True Colors — a new series of Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?

On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving.

With her late father’s 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. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared?

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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my thoughts

We modern-day book lovers tend to toss around the popular L.M. Montgomery quote in jest, “She is too fond of books, and it has turned [or addled] her brain.” However, unconventional behavior has historically, on occasion, held more dire consequences than light-hearted teasing.

Edyth is an immediately endearing character who exudes kindness, wit, and an adventurous spirit. I especially admire her independent nature and generosity. Edyth’s bright personality and sharp mind intensify the stark disparity of her abruptly altered circumstances. My heart aches for the many victims of such asylums.

The Gray Chamber is every bit as chilling as its cover yet, as all proper romance novels should, this story also possesses a satisfying happily ever after. I highly recommend this book for its historical value and heartfelt plot.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


about the author

Grace HitchcockGrace Hitchcock is the author of The White City and The Gray Chamber from Barbour Publishing.

She has written multiple novellas in The Second Chance Brides, The Southern Belle Brides, and the Thimbles and Threads collections 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 her website!


True Colors series

The White City by Grace Hitchcock The Pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken The Gray Chamber by Grace Hitchcock The Blue Cloak by Shannon McNear The Green Dress by Liz Tolsma The Black Midnight by Kathleen Y'Barbo The Red Ribbon by Pepper Basham The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma


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