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Preview — The Hostage by Susan Wiggs
The Hostage (Great Chicago Fire Trilogy #1)
October 8, 1871 -- One small spark ignites the entire city of Chicago, sending its residents into panic. But amid the chaos, a chance encounter leads to an unexpected new love.
Unaware of the fire sweeping toward them, Deborah Sinclair confronts her wealthy, powerful father, determined to refuse the society marria...more
I'm a sucker for the movie Overboard with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. Spoiled rich girl is exposed to hard work, family, and true love for the first time and never looks back. The Hostage is like that. Deborah is a wealthy heiress who is supposed to marry a member of the peer in order to give her wealthy dad t ...more
It started so slow I was convinced I'd be bored to tears only a few chapters in, but that's when things picked up pace and I was riveted until the very end. As a fellow reader mentioned in her review, this is a story you cannot help but call sweeping and majestic. Sure, it spanned only a few months, but it read more like a saga, du ...more
Deborah Sinclair knows her father's wishes and has always tried to obey. He wants her to mar ...more
When Deborah Sinclair experiences one life-changing event, she is unprepared for a chain-of-events that is set in motion on the night of the Chicago Fire. Returning to her father's mansion to confront him with a decision she has made about her engagement, she thwarts ...more
Deborah Sinclair is an heiress who is engaged to be married to a man from an aristocratic family mainly because her father wants this marriage. Something happened with this fiance' and she goes to her father to tell him she will not marry this man. Her father ignores this and next thing you know all of Chicago is on fire and they are getting ready to flee. In c ...more
This is the first story in Wiggs' Chicago Fire Trilogy. It just makes me want to read more.
Wealthy socialite is in Chicago to marry the man who will bring her dad, who amassed his fortune by working for it, the respect the bluebloods don't give him.
Even as they enter town, it is burning in the Great Fire.
Also visiting is Tom Silver, set on revenge for deadly mining accident caused by negligence o ...more
This has action and even though it takes place during the Chicago fire, it has only a small portion that is about that event.
It has the unlikely characters coming together in a very unlikely way that she likes to write about. ...more
I started reading this one out loud to my husband while driving back from France to Switzerland. Reading it out loud, the beginning was a bit irritating in the way Wiggs skirts around what becomes increasingly obvious but is only confirmed towards the end of the book. I found the themes unusual and interesting, and enjoyed it a lot more after the first hundred pages once we'd arrived and I was reading it to myself! The end ...more
I love that Deborah is not the simpering, pampered rich girl that you expect but has a huge heart that she has always hidden. I enjoy strong women and that Deborah learns to stand up for herself and survives when no one expects her to really end ...more