Tuesday, February 4, 2020

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

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.


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. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, pie, the color red, and reading with a cup of tea. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

My Review

As a reader who enjoys historical fiction, this book hits the mark, and then some.
We are there for the great Chicago fire, and we learn facts about the survivors of both the fire and the Civil War, and also learn some previously held thoughts were not true.
Although this story is fiction, wow, it really could all be true and we meet those who were involved.
This story has a little for everyone, of course with the fire, we are shown survival, a bit of romance, perseverance. We learn facts about the building codes, I didn’t know about the bricks before, and all those luxuries we take for granted.
This is a story of survival, and we are shown folks that will do just about anything for just stay alive, that includes murder. I was quickly immersed in this book, and loved how they loved the Lord, and forgiveness rings true here!
You don’t want to miss this one!

I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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