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.
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.)
About the Author:
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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