The House of Closed Doors

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The House of Closed Doors Summary

In Nell Lillington's small Midwestern town of the 1870s, marriage is the obvious fate of a young woman of some social standing. Yet Nell is determined to elude the duties and restrictions of matrimony. So when she finds herself pregnant at the age of 17, she refuses to divulge the name of the father and even her childhood friend Martin is kept in the dark.

Nell's stepfather Hiram sends Nell to live at the Poor Farm of which he is a governor, to await the day when her baby can be discreetly adopted. Nell is ready to go along with Hiram's plans 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 that the unwed mother and her baby were murdered, and the incident prompts her to rethink her decision to abandon her own child to her fate. But the revelations to which her questions lead make her realize that 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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  • Book 1

    • The House of Closed Doors

    • By: Jane Steen
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In Nell Lillington's small Midwestern town of the 1870s, marriage is the obvious fate of a young woman of some social standing. Yet Nell is determined to elude the duties and restrictions of matrimony. So when she finds herself pregnant at the age of 17, she refuses to divulge the name of the father and even her childhood friend Martin is kept in the dark. Nell's stepfather Hiram sends Nell to live at the Poor Farm of which he is a governor, to await the day when her baby can be discreetly adopted.

    Regular price: £19.39

  • Book 2

    • Eternal Deception

    • The House of Closed Doors, Book 2
    • By: Jane Steen
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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    Kansas, 1872. Unwed mother Nell Lillington hopes to support her daughter Sarah and friend Tess by working as a seamstress in an isolated seminary. When her only ally among the seminary's leaders dies, she must choose between returning to her old life in Chicago and remaining in charge of her destiny.

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  • Book 3

    • The Shadow Palace

    • The House of Closed Doors, Book 3
    • By: Jane Steen
    • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
    • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
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    For unwed mother Nell Lillington, 1876 Chicago - and her new wealth - offer the promise of longed-for independence. She dreams of a place in society for her daughter Sarah and contentment for her friend Tess. Yet how can she settle in a town where she's far too likely to run into Martin Rutherford and his glittering, faithless wife, Lucetta? Can she resist her love for Martin for Sarah's sake?

    Regular price: £23.49