Veiled in Smoke

Narrated by: Leah Horowitz
Series: The Windy City Saga, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Meg and Sylvie Townsend manage the family bookshop and care for their father, Stephen, a veteran still suffering in mind and spirit from his time as a POW during the Civil War. But when the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago's business district, they lose much more than just their store. 

The sisters become separated from their father and make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of Chicago Tribune reporter Nate Pierce. Once the smoke clears away, they reunite with Stephen, only to learn soon after that their family friend was murdered on the night of the fire. Even more shocking, Stephen is charged with the crime and committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum. 

Though homeless and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life, but prove her father's innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.

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Must Listen/Read Historical Fiction!

I loved the historical facts mixed into this beautiful story of tragedy and hope. The insight into a Civil War Veteran dealing with Soldier's Heart (now known as PTSD) and his family was amazing. I felt the emotions of Meg and Sylvie, I felt the conflict between them as they had different ideas of how to care for their father. I understood the panic Stephen felt. The horrors of the asylum were so awful, sadly they were also true.
The fire itself was so well described I could almost smell the smoke and feel the crowds of people pushing to escape the flames. The murder mystery was an unexpected element that I enjoyed very much! I don't give spoilers but the twists and turns kept me glued to this story.
Part of one of my favorite quotes is, "Gratitude-expanded inside Meg, for the uncounted steps, small and large, they'd all taken to reach this point."

I've said before that I always learn something when I read a Jocelyn Green book, this one is no exception.
The narrator, Leah Horowitz, does a wonderful job with all the characters, accents and emotions.

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Wow. This is why I read Jocelyn Green.

I loved the mystery, the unfolding romance, and the way Jocelyn handled each character’s growth and response to the devastation—from the Great Chicago Fire AND their own personal battles. Wow. So much depth. I also loved the ending. Some of the themes reminded me of what she shared about her life in her interview on with me on The Book Club Life YouTube channel.

“She stood on the line between before and after.”