Book Review, Historical

Book Review and Giveaway

Veiled In Smoke

(The Windy City Saga, Book 1)

by Jocelyn Green41iRW2efBiL._SY346_

Here are some thoughts I had about this book
I stayed up late reading this book…for the second night in a row! But I had to know how it finished!
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 also tackles some hard things — it explores PTSD and what it might have been like back in those days. I enjoyed seeing through Stephen’s eyes what he was thinking and seeing. Mental disorders were punished in extreme ways, and this book does not shy away from portraying the horrors faced by so many.
I also really enjoyed the mystery in this book. I tried to figure out what was going on, had a few suspicions, but ended up being amazed at how it all turned out.
This book is one that’s worth reading. And rereading.
If you are a lover of historical fiction, then I highly recommend this one!
Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 25582881209_10218501620510577_5383067526383009792_n
updated to add–giveaway is closed, winner has been chosen
Yes, I am also giving away a paperback copy of this book!  (Here’s the deal – I have two copies on hand–one is an ARC (advance reading copy), signed by the author, and the other is the final version of the paperback, winner gets to choose which one they want)
To be entered in this giveaway, just leave a comment below.
Tell me, what is your favorite historical fiction book? Do you have a favorite era you like reading about? I look forward to hearing from you!
I’ll leave this giveaway open for one week, through Feb 5. Open to US residents only, you may enter once per day.
Now, in case you’d like just a bit more info about this book, here is the back cover copy:

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.

and, here is a link to another blog post, one that includes a fun author interview.

5 thoughts on “Book Review and Giveaway”

  1. This sounds like a really good book. I’d like to read it. I really enjoy other books by this author. I don’t know if I have a favorite historical fiction book or even author; I enjoy so many of them. My favorite era to read about is probably the 1800s and the American frontier. I definitely enjoy American history over the popular England Victorian era books.

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