The Firebrand ~ Susan Wiggs

The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs

October 8, 1871 -- One small spark ignites the entire city of Chicago, sending its residents into panic. But amid the chaos, a miraculous rescue kindles an unexpected new love.

As she flees the raging inferno, Lucy Hathaway risks her life to save a precious baby girl. The little orphan is a gift from heaven, coming into Lucy's life just as the fire takes everything else from her.

Five years have passed, and Lucy has raised Maggie as her own. Now, seeking a loan to refinance her most cherished dream -- her bookstore, The Firebrand -- Lucy finds herself face-to-face with Randolph Higgins, Chicago's most prominent banker. Rand is a bitter, lonely man scarred by the great fire and still grieving for the baby girl he lost that night. And to her astonishment, Lucy discovers that the child she'd saved was his.

Some women would have run, some would have taken the secret of Maggie's identity to the grave. But not Lucy. Now her life is about to take another dramatic turn, forcing her to confront the one man who threatens all she holds dear. But it is their mutual love for a child that will propel Rand and Lucy on an unforgettable journey into emotion, adventure, and passion.

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Mary:
Wiggs' emotional characterization of an adoptive mother choosing to let her child return to the childs own father left me in tears. My favorite of the Chicago Fire Trilogy. mcb

 

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book info

Susan Wiggs Book List

Published:

Apr-2001

377 pages

author series
time period

Nineteenth Century

1860's-1870's

genres

Romance

sub-genres

Historical Romance