The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs

By Susan Wiggs

Occasionally ardour has a fury all its personal. . . October eight, 1871 -- One small spark ignites the full urban of Chicago, sending its citizens into panic. yet amid the chaos, an opportunity come upon ends up in an unforeseen new love. As she flees the raging inferno, Lucy Hathaway dangers her existence to avoid wasting a important female child. The little orphan is a present from heaven, getting into Lucy's existence simply because the fireplace takes every thing else shape her. 5 years have handed, and Lucy has raised Maggie has her personal. Now, seeing a personal loan to refinance her such a lot adored dream -- her book place, The Firebrand -- Lucy reveals herself face-to-face with Randolph Higgins, Chicago's so much favourite banker. Rand is a sour, lonely an scarred by means of the good fireplace and nonetheless grieving for the child lady he misplaced that evening. And to her astonishment, Lucy discovers that the kid she'd stored used to be his. a few girls who've enjoyable, a few might have taken the key of Maggie's id to the grave. yet no longer Lucy. Now her existence is ready to take one other dramatic flip, forcing her to confront the only guy who threatens all she holds expensive. however it is their mutual love for a kid that might propel Rand and Lucy on an unforgettable trip into emotion, experience, and keenness.

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The fire had not only taken the Colonel, but his fortune as well, which had been invested in a Hersholt's Brewery and Liquor Warehouse. Uninsured, it had burned to the ground that hot, windy October night. Her mother was lost without her beloved Colonel. As much as Lucy had loved her father and grieved for him, she'd also raged at him. His love for her and her mother had been as crippling as leg irons. He had willfully and deliberately kept them ignorant of finance, believing they were better off not knowing the precarious state of the family fortune.

It gave Rand a glimpse of hell. Sterling House, where he'd left his baby daughter, was engulfed in flames. " he bellowed, and for the first time, he let go of Diana's hand. As he started to run, an unnatural and toxic burst of white heat flared inside the varnish factory. A flash, followed by an earsplitting explosion, shattered the night. The detonation sucked the oxygen from the air, from his lungs, even. The force of it picked him up off his feet and blasted him backward. The landing broke his arm; he could feel the dull snap of the bone, the stunning pain.

The least she could do for the doomed woman was look after the cat. Firelight fell over her, and she felt a fresh stab of panic, knowing she'd best get over the bridge to safety. The bulky parcel had been tied with satin ribbons of good quality, a man's leather belt and a long organdy sash. A lady's robe or peignoir formed the outer wrapping, and inside that were two pillows, a quilt and what appeared to be an infant's receiving blanket. With more urgency than a child on Christmas morning, Lucy removed the wrappings, hoping the cat wouldn't bolt once she freed it.

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