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  • Mass Market Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books (20 July 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551667576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551666105
  • ASIN: 1551666103
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.5 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,692,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Aug. 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
One of a series of books revolving around the great fire of Chicago. This book tells the story of Kathleen O'Leary, a ladies maid at a school for the wealthy debutantes of Chicago. Kathleen dreams 'above her station', of a life of balls, jewels and a rich, handsome husband. It doesn't take much to persuade her to participate in a dare to see if she can fool the rich Chicago society into thinking she is rich heiress. She succeeds in fooling everyone she meets including Dylan Kennedy, the catch of the season, a mysterious gentleman of unknown wealth and breeding, - unknown being the operative word - Dylan is playing a much more serious game, he is a handsome gambler looking for a rich wife. They meet, they battle against the fire, they fall in love, they marry and then the story really begins.
Definitely a 'keeper', in fact once read, you're compelled to buy the Hostage and the Firebrand to find out how the rest of the girls fared in the Great Fire.
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By Lordav2000 on 6 Feb. 2014
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While having enjoyed this book I didn't finish it with the feeling of needing more. It was a good story but I didn't quite feel the same bonding almost. Still a good read and I always recommend Susan Wiggs.
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By phyl on 24 Oct. 2014
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I always enjoy this author, she covers every detail, you get a feel for where they are and how they look. This story is very interesting, I enjoyed it.
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By doreen on 30 Jan. 2015
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I chose. This book because after reading the first two and enjoyed. I knew I would find this just as hard to put down really good read
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Wiggs is wonderful 28 Sept. 2000
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In Chicago, impoverish Kathleen O'Leary works as a maid at an exclusive school for young ladies. However, tonight, October 8, 1871 Kathleen pretends to be a wealthy debutante wearing a borrowed gown to attend a high society ball. Also at the gala event is the city's wealthiest bachelor Dylan Kennedy, just back from Europe. When they meet, Dylan sees a beautiful woman perfect for him to seduce. He wants funds from her because he is a con artist. She sees her soulmate.

On the other side of town, an inferno has erupted starting at the barn of Kathleen's parents. As the fire spreads and threatens everyone in the city, Kathleen and Dylan hastily marry. Somehow they survive and quickly fall in love, but both, not expecting to live, entered the marriage with deception and duplicity. He trusts no one and needs instant cash that she cannot provide while she continues to shower him with love.

THE MISTRESS is an enjoyable Americana romance that centers on the aftermath of the Chicago fire. The story line uses real events and people to propel the entertaining romance to its climax. The lead couple will receive reader empathy as they learn the importance of being truthful as well as earnest in a relationship. However, what makes Susan Wiggs' tale a cut above the norm is the intricate look at survivors whose prize for minor success is clinging to life one day at a time.

Harriet Klausner
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
History made real... 4 April 2005
By Donna K. - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow- this book read like an eyewitness account of the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871 and the rebuilding that followed for months afterwards. Seeing the events through the eyes of Kathleen, Dylan, Bull and other characters in this story gave it life, and made it real and tangible to the reader! The fire blazed off the pages and I could feel its heat.

The romance was almost secondary. I loved the character of Kathleen. Part-Cinderella and part-My Fair Lady, she was a maid who attended a society event and passed herself off as a Lady. She was feisty, brave and proud. Someone to admire for more than her outward beauty. Dylan was a bit harder to like - too rough around the edges and too set on an unscrupulous lifestyle, determined not to change. But in his heroism, he showed caring and a softer-side. Lots of sexy scenes. Maybe too many. Unfortunately, the story seemed to drag a bit during these scenes, and they could have been condensed to make the it flow better through the more important historical events.

The lesson Katie taught Dylan, that the riches of love and family is worth more than money, is something those of us who are products of a material society need to reflect more upon.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
And now for something completely different..... 26 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Well, I loved this author's last book, THE HOSTAGE, and I wanted to love this one, too. It's totally different, but it left me with the same warm-inside feeling as the first one. It's a story about figuring out who you are and what's most important in life. This book surprised me in several places. Truly satisfying, I would reccommend it to anyone!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
What if you had the chance to be somebody you weren't... 7 Oct. 2000
By Audrey - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kathleen O'Leary took the chance with a borrowed dress and jewels, and fell in love with Dylan Kennedy, a wealthy and desired bachelor. So the story ends here, right? Of course not... it's a romance, and we must have turbulence, passion, fire (ha! no pun intended...)! Both were not what they pretended to be, and through a heedless marriage the truth comes out. What's a 12:01 Cinderalla and a dethroned Prince Charming to do?
It's a story about how you can find your identity, your peace, in the one you love, and how unlikely that love can sometimes be; it's not unlike The Charm School, another book by Wiggs, that paired together a hero and a heroine that, under normal circumstances, wouldn't even have looked at each other on the street. Well-written and heartwarming, set against the famous fire in Chicago and the stunning effects it had on people's (real and fiction) lives, The Mistress is a lovely, polished gem to spend your day with.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Romance; Disastrous Chicago Fire; Mrs.O'Leary's Cow ? 27 Oct. 2001
By Ruth A. Caldwell - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Could this be a true version of how that horrible fire in 1871 started? Add romance Cinderella style, minus Prince Charming and instead insert an unscrupulous rake, out to steal Cinderella's (non-existant) fortune and the story unfolds.
This is my first Susan Wiggs novel; but it won't be my last! I was captivated by the unusual storyline, however not being a avid romance reader, felt it bogged down a little in the middle.
I wanted them to quit making love and get on with the action! The action being; how two penniless people are going to overcome the tragedy of the century, stay together long enough to find their trust and become prosperous!
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