The Firebrand by Susan Wiggs

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
A Paperback Literati Book Review

Submitted: September 24, 2010

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The Firebrand
by Susan Wiggs
MIRA Books, original publication 2000/reprinted Sept. 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2772-1
Genre: Historical Romance – 1871 Chicago, 377 pgs.
 
“One dark night – when people were in bed, Old Mrs. Leary lit a lantern in her shed; The cow kicked it over, winked its eye and said ‘There’ll be a hot time in the old town tonight’.
 - Chicago Evening Post
 
The Firebrand, the third and final book of Wiggs’ Chicago Fire Trilogy flickers between being surprising, absorbing, and unbelievable.In an odd twist the fire conquers love. Aha! But is it true love? Lucy Hathaway is rich and independent to the point of being annoying. Her heart is true but her mouth never stops to ask directions. In fact, it never stops at all.
 
The night of the great fire finds Lucy with foot firmly planted in mouth as in the spirit of free love she asks a married man to be her lover. The rest of the story is a showcase of good news/bad news/worse news – wash, rinse and repeat. The hero, Randall Higgins, is well-written although he is only described in terms of his ugliness. He is the more sympathetic character by far as his heartbreak is believable and his motives understandable. While I can applaud a strong heroine, Lucy’s work for women’s suffrage jumps the shark about half-way through the story when her motives no longer make sense and she does more harm than good.
 
One last great hurdle to their happy ending is a very large threat that is suddenly dispelled within two sentences. It was anti-climatic and I was left wondering why the scene was even included in the book. Enjoy a large margarita while reading this story, you’ll be thankful for the grains of salt.
 


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