When wealthy feminist Lucy Hathaway attends a lecture by renown evangelist Dwight Moody sparks fly. First, she’s incensed by Moody’s stand on women’s submission to their husbands. Then, she’s irritated by the gentlemen, Randolph Higgins next to her who riles her with her with his comments. Before anything more can ignite, the city itself goes up in smoke like a tender box. They are caught trying to escape the great Chicago fire of 1871.
Lucy saves a baby from certain death but the fire causes her family to lose their family fortune. Lucy, ever the independent woman, starts her own bookstore and raises the child as her own. But circumstances once again bring her into the path Randolph, who has lost both a child and a wife.
Lucy later learns that the child she saved was Randolph and this begins a series of events that threatens to undo Lucy’s world. In the mean time the attraction between the two grows.
Susan Wiggs has created good tension between the two love interests and has shown us a softer side of Lucy who is a head-strong and determined woman without having her lose the essence of who she is. I enjoyed this romance and am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.