Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green ~ Review

Lucie's Review:

Meg and Sylvie Townsend live with their father, a war veteran, running a bookshop. But the Chicago fire takes almost everything from them separating them from their father, and when the smoke clears a man has been murdered and their father the main suspect.

Meg must clear her father's name before it's too late.

Slow to start, it took awhile for me to really get into this one, but once it all began coming together for me I couldn't put it down. Compelling, it realistically brings to the life the struggles that the people faced during and after the Chicago Fire. I also liked how it talked about the lack of understanding of mental illness related to soldiers, as well as how the hard times brought Meg and Sylvie closer together as sisters.

Meg is a strong heroine who has lost much, but still is courageous and perseveres in the light of hardship. I liked how she grows through her faith and also her artwork. She and Nate, a journalist, work together to clear her father's name. Nate is motivated and supportive of Meg throughout, I like how their friendship grew as they got to know each other better.

A lot happened in the second part of the book, and I really enjoyed it as we got to see the struggles faced by so many after the fire, as well as how Meg fights for her family. I admired how both Meg and Nate are strong in their faith, holding on when things look bleak. Nate is a good man, who is very conscientious of printing only the truth, and has sacrificed much for his family.

Overall, a well done historical novel, that digs deep and is full of faith. Well developed characters and a great plot, though it took a while to get into. Well worth the time.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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