The House of Closed Doors - Jane Steen

The House of Closed Doors

By Jane Steen

  • Release Date: 2012-06-25
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 153 Ratings


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.


  • 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!
  • What a read!

    By H for Happy
    Such an easy read...the storyline is nicely done! Can't wait to read the entire series!
  • Excellent Read!!

    By KWJN
    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!
  • The House of Closed Doors

    By Dotti Jay
    The 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.
  • Heart wrenching book

    By Eitel19
    I 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
  • Refreshing Period Piece

    By NajanMa
    Steen 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.
  • The house of closed doors

    By Littleone42u
    I found this book to be delightful. Easy to read and the story line flowed. Looking forward to reading more about Nell and Martin
  • Catchy Story

    By SaRaH *
    I 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!
  • A house of closed doors

    By Trena10
    One 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
  • Loved It

    By AlaskasACountry
    This 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!