Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1) by Jocelyn Green

Synopsis:

Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district, they lose much more than just their store.

The sisters become separated from their father, and after Meg burns her hands in an attempt to save a family heirloom, they make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend not only died during the fire–he was murdered. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.

Though homeless, injured, and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life, but prove her father’s innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.

 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1)

My Thoughts:

I loved my time immersed within the pages of this captivating story! I stayed up way too late last night reading this story because I just couldn’t put it down without knowing what would happen. Bleary-eyed today, with my heart lingering with these endearing characters I’ll strive to do this book justice with my words.

There are many stories that came out of the devastating Great Fire of Chicago in October 1871, but none of them quite as both immersive and inspirational. Jocelyn Green has the uncanny ability to bring historical events vividly to life in both her words and in the very life she breathes into the characters she writes. Often while reading this story I would be so involved that I missed things happening around me (of course some of that was football, so I didn’t feel too bad. Hahaha!)

This story is sure to check all the boxes of even the most discerning of readers. With a sweet soft thread of romance, a puzzling mystery to unravel, an unassuming villain, and especially characters that feel like new friends, you are sure to find a new favorite and a story that you won’t be able to quit talking about to everyone you meet!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen   Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1)

 

 

 

Happy Release Day!!

Many new books hit the shelves today! I’d like to share with you 6 brand-new books that you will not want to miss out on!

Clicking on the title will take you to that book.

Two Debut Author’s Book Releases

  Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly

 Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale

One New Stand-alone Release:

  The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Book 1 in a New Series:

 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1) by Jocelyn Green

Two books that are #3 in their series:

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3) by Sarah Sundin

The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason

 

Be sure to be watching for my book reviews on these fantastic books this month!

 

 

First Line Friday: Veiled in Smoke

First Line Friday:

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1) by Jocelyn Green. This fantastic historical romance whisked me back in time. I felt like I was right there in Chicago! Be sure to snag a copy of this new book!

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Chicago
Thursday, September 28, 1871

Meg’s father was gone. Again.

 

 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War #1) by Jocelyn Green

A Christy Award-nominated title for best new author.

When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.

Synopsis:

Tending to the army’s sick and wounded meant leading a life her mother does not understand and giving up a handsome and approved suitor. Yet Charlotte chooses a life of service over privilege, just as her childhood friend had done when he became a military doctor. She soon discovers that she’s combating more than just the rebellion by becoming a nurse.

Will the two men who love her simply stand by and watch as she fights her own battles? Or will their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey’s letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look at what pioneering nurses endured. This is the first in the series Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War, a collection of novels that highlights the crucial contributions made by women during times of war.

My Thoughts:

What a powerful story!! Right from the beginning I was swept away on a tidalwave of words and blissfully along for the ride.  What a beautiful and poignant picture this story paints. I absolutely loved it! The historical details are flawless. I wasn’t previously aware that women nurses got their foot-hold in the practice of Nursing during the Civil war. I enjoyed learning about some of the history of nursing through this story. I especially appreciated the authentic letters that the author included, it really helped make it all that much more vivid and real.

I enjoyed the vivacious characters and felt like I was involved in the story with them. I found the characters vivid and realistic, they evoked strong reactions. On more than one occasion I found myself talking to them wishing they could hear me and heed my warnings!

If you enjoy reading historical stories, especially ones set during the American Civil War, then you will not want to miss out on snagging this story!! You are sure to love it as much as I have! I look forward to reading the other stories in this series.

(I received a copy of this book in audio-book format from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

About the Author:

JocelynGreen  Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she co-authored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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Wedded to War (Heroines Behind the Lines #1)

  Widow of Gettysburg (Heroines Behind the Lines #2)

  Yankee in Atlanta (Heroines Behind the Lines #3)

Spy of Richmond (Heroines Behind the Lines #4)

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

First Line Fridays: Between Two Shores

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green. Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Lachine, Island of Montreal, Quebec
Late August 1759

Catherine Duval was used to waiting.

 

Hmmm… I wonder what Cathering is waiting for?  You won’t want to miss out on this latest book from Jocelyn Gree!

 

BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Synopsis:

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until an attempt on Samuel’s life convinces her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

My Thoughts:

Resplendent in historical details this fully immersible story swept me off my feet, it captured my heart and didn’t let go. The details were so smoothly written and each one melded seamlessly to the next which only added more depth and emotion to the story.

Catherine Stands-Apart has her feet in two vastly different cultures. Raised by her Mohawk mother then her French Trapper father left her feeling like a ship tossed on the ocean with no place to put into shore. Catherine felt like she didn’t really belong in either place. As the French & Indian war comes to a crescendo, Catherine finds herself pulled in more than she would have liked.

More than words on the page, this story is vibrant and alive! The characters are dynamic and realistic. While the ending wasn’t what I was hoping, it was deeply satisfying and even more than I had wished for. There is so much more I could say, but I don’t want to give anything away. However, I will say that you should absolutely get a copy of this book!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen   Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Web Page // Goodreads // Twitter // Facebook //

BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

Don’t miss these other books from Jocelyn Green:

 A Refuge Assured

  The Mark of the King

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

June 2018 – Month in Review

There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in June.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

TheOrphansWish  The Orphans Wish by Melanie Dickerson

WhereTheFireFalls  Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

AmongThePoppies  Among the Poppies by J’nell Ciesielski

TheLoveLetter  The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

ADaringEscape  A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer

MoreThanMeetsTheEye  More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

TheHopeOfAzureSpringsThe Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

EnduringLove  Enduring Love by Toni Shiloh

 

Author Interviews:

InterviewKarenWitemeyerKaren Witemeyer

InterviewTaraJohnson  Tara Johnson

 

Cover Reveals:

BetweenTwoShoresBetween Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in July?

 

Cover Reveal: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

About the Book:

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war.

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until an attempt on Samuel’s life convinces her he’s in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She’s risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

Note from Jocelyn Green:

Between Two Shores is a different type of story than any I’ve ever written. First, the story takes place completely in Canada during the Seven Years War. Second, it’s written entirely from the heroine’s point of view. Also–this is not a romance. None of my books are, in the conventional sense, but this one is even straighter historical fiction than any others. OK. Ready?

 

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BetweenTwoShores Between Two Shores

BONUS:

Jocelyn Green is doing a Facebook Live today on the Cover Reveal.  Visit her Author Page on Facebook and join in the fun! CLICK HERE

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About the Author:

JocelynGreen  Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Web Page // Goodreads // Twitter // Facebook //

 

Don’t miss these other books from Jocelyn Green:

 A Refuge Assured

  The Mark of the King

  Heroines Behind the Lines Series (set of 4 books)

 

February 2018 – Month in Review

February is a short month, and it sure has passed by quickly! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in February.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

A Refuge Assured A Refuge Assured

UntillWeFindHome Until We Find Home

TheSeaBeforeUs The Sea Before Us

What-Dreams-May-Come What Dreams May Come

TheLostCastle The Lost Castle

MyHeartBelongsInSanFrancisco,CA My Heart Belongs in San Francisco California

 

Author Interview:

JocelynGreen Jocelyn Green

 

Cover Reveal:

HourUnspent_comp An Hour Unspent

AmongThePoppies Among The Poppies

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in March?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in March! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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First Line Fridays – A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

This week I’m featuring A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green. This story is rich in intricate historical details that pull you in and keep you turning pages late into the night. If you enjoy reading Historical Fiction, you will want to snag a copy of this book! You can read my full review (Click Here)

As a special bonus there is currently a giveaway running for a print copy of this book along with a fun author interview (Click Here).

 

A Refuge Assured

Paris, France
August 10, 1792

          Propping open the door to her shop, Vivienne Rivard listened to a distant rumble that vibrated the windows and shivered in her chest.

Something is coming!  What will happen to Vivienne and her shop, her livelihood?

The line above is from the Prologue. I couldn’t help but to make a graphic to share with you for the first line from chapter 1 also.

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Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books