When We Caught Fire
It’s 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson.
Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.
As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
Despite having less than likable characters (with Fiona as the exception) this was still an engrossing listen. The backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 was what made this story stand-out for me. I could see how others found this to be slow in the beginning, with its soap-opera-like feel and melodrama of the elite high society of the times, but on Audio, those parts fly by fairly quickly. Once the fire starts burning, the unceasing flames and the lives at stake make this unputdownable. The way the author takes the truth about the actual fire and plays it out with her cast of characters is quite the tale. I found this exert from here about the Great Chicago Fire.
The Chicago Fire of 1871, also called the Great Chicago Fire, burned from October 8 to October 10, 1871, and destroyed thousands of buildings, killed an estimated 300 people and caused an estimated $200 million in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in a barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a meteor might have been responsible for the event that left an area of about four miles long and almost a mile wide of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Following the blaze, reconstruction efforts began quickly and spurred great economic development and population growth.
With the ending the irredeemable characters become redeemable and the love triangle that takes the center of the stage throughout this story has its inevitable outcome.
☆4.2☆STARS - GRADE=B+
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 3.8/5
Secondary Characters~ 3/5
The Feels~ 4/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.7/5
Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nah…
Book Cover~ It's incendiary…
Narration~ ☆4.5☆ for Suzanne Elise Freeman, she was perfect for this story and she switched from one pov to another quite seamlessly.
Setting~ Chicago 1871
Source~ Audiobook (Library)