October 8, 1871 One small spark ignites the entire
city of Chicago, sending the residents into panic. But
amid the chaos, a miraculous rescue kindles an unexpected
As she flees the raging inferno, Lucy Hathaway risks her
life to save a precious baby girl. The little orphan is a
gift from heaven, coming into Lucy's life just as the fire
takes everything else from her.
Five years have passed, and Lucy has raised Maggie as her
own. Now, seeking a loan to refinance her most cherished
dreamher bookstore, The FirebrandLucy finds
herself face-to-face with Randolph Higgins, Chicago's most
prominent banker. Rand is a bitter, lonely man scarred by
the great fire and still grieving for the baby girl he
lost that night. And to her astonishment, Lucy discovers
that the child she'd saved was his.
Some women would have run, some would have taken the
secret of Maggie's identity to the grave. But not Lucy.
Now her life is about to take another dramatic turn,
forcing her to confront the one man who threatens all she
holds dear. But it is their mutual love for a child that
will propel Rand and Lucy on an unforgettable journey into
emotion, adventure and passion.
A reissue of Susan
Wiggs's historical romance; Book Three in the Chicago Fire