The Firebrand (The Chicago Fire Trilogy) by Susan Wiggs
This book was not what I was expecting. The cover has a woman reclining in heaping amounts of satin, bosoms apparently bursting at the seams. You look at a cover and expect some things, you know?
Well, color me pleasantly surprised. The heroine is not a classic beauty waiting to be ravished by the hunka-hunka burnin’ somethin’ next door. Rather she’s a forward-thinking suffragette in a time when that was just not cool. She survives the Chicago Fire and saves a baby thrown from a burning building in the process. Awesome, right? She works hard, supporting both her adopted daughter and her mother, and opens a bookstore. When the little girl’s father is found, well, things just get complicated.
The Three Rs
Rating: PG13 or NC17 for a couple of suggestively hot scenes. I don’t recall there being explicit descriptions of anything below the waist… but those couple of scenes definitely are worth the mention.
Recommendation: This may be a historical romance, but it’s really much more than that. It’s a testament of a mother’s love for her daughter and her willingness to do absolutely anything for her baby girl. It’s an account of women’s rights when such a thing didn’t exist, but they were working on it. And, amidst all the rest, it’s a love story. You totally should read this book.
Re-Read: You know what? I don’t feel like I’ll re-read this book anytime soon. It was so complete and left me so satisfied that I don’t feel the need to pick it back up again. However, a few years from now when it’s the dead of winter and I really need a mental pick-me-up, this would really do the trick.