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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
I liked the book the plot, I loved how several situations were described and developed, the HEA was great too... but some descriptions were too lengthy and other things not as interesting.
The next one seems to be better, let's hope so.
I decided to read this book again since I couldn’t remember what I liked in it.
The story is interesting and Wigg’s writing is compelling. Her portrait of what people might have felt while escaping the fire felt so real and desperate. People fleeing their houses, their anguish about leaving everything the possessed behind to save themselves – it was really well done.
I also think that the pace of the story was well executed, until the last part. The impression ...more
Non credevo di andare incontro a una storia così complessa e colma di dolore, ma allo stesso tempo di speranza e amore. È stato un viaggio devastante, ma bellissimo. Ho adorato Deborah e Tom, perché la loro non è una stupida storia d'amore. È una storia che nasce pian piano, permettendo ai protagonisti di conosc ...more
I enjoy historical fiction set in the United States, and the backdrop for this one is fascinating. Set during the great fire in Chicago (and Peshtigo, WI, which gets a mention), there’s a lot of potential. Class clashes, a city in chaos. But I just can’t do it.
Our heroine, Deborah Sinclair, is a poor little rich girl. Her mother died when she was young, and her father, albeit a robber baron, is devoted to her and has high hopes for marryi ...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
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
While I didn't have qualms about the hero, but I hated how STUPID AND NAIVE the heroine turned out at the end. We were misled that she is pure virginal but she was raped by her fiance?! It was so fucking random I just dropped a star then. Who the fucks let her fiance rapes her and then take the blame?
How can anyone be that dumb?! Well yea...the pacing of their ...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
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