Veiled In Smoke
(The Windy City Saga, Book 1)
by Jocelyn Green
I just love this story! The characters, the setting, the events, all of it is so well written.
This is such a good telling of the happenings of the Great Fire of Chicago.
This is an event that I’ve heard about, but hadn’t really known any real details about.
Jocelyn Green took this historical event and made it really come to life for me.
I could feel the terror as the Townsend sisters were forced to run for their lives, leaving their home and all their belongings behind. I was horrified at the events that took place.
I loved seeing this through their eyes, really feeling what it might have been like for the Chicago residents.
This book is one that’s worth reading. And rereading.
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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 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 was murdered on the night of the fire. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum.
Though homeless 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.