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The Hostage (Wheeler Large Print Book Series) Hardcover – Large Print, Mar 2004

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wheeler Publishing; Lrg edition (Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158724568X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587245688
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "echoskyes" on 19 Oct. 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When my friend made me read this book I didn't think it would be to good but I was so wrong and I recommend this book to everybody.
Its about a rich well brought girl called Deborah who is taken hostage by Tom Silver. Tom Silver takes her hostage because he wants revenge on her Father for causing a mine explosion on his island where lots of people died. But the night Deborah was taken hostage Chicargo was burning and she had an argument with her Father, will he come to her rescue?
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful sense of place 22 May 2000
By Suzanne B. Kelly - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Hostage, the first of a planned trio of stories about a group of girlfriends in 1870's Chicago, tells the story of Deborah Sinclair, a pampered, yet wounded, financier's daughter who is taken hostage by Tom Silver, a man bent on revenge against her father for a mining disaster. Tom forces Deborah away from her home on the night of the great Chicago fire, taking her to beautiful, yet primitive and remote Isle Royale, a large island off the spectacular Lake Superior coast of upper Michigan.
Having grown up in Michigan, with several trips a year to Chicago, I was able to enjoy this book on several levels. First off, it is a wonderful character study: we get to see two wounded people, narrowed to one-dimensionality by environment and circumstance, blossom into fully aware, realized people who not only discover romance and conquer their fears of intimacy, but also who discover themselves, and learn to resolve their personal tragedies. Secondly, I thoroughly enjoyed the "minor players" - namely, Chicago and Isle Royale/Lake Superior. Each place is, in its own way, stunning, majestic, powerful, and sometimes cruel. It made me homesick, and reminded me of my own families' stories of "the great fire."
This story is not for those looking for a quick read with instant gratification--we are there for each small step on Tom and Deborah's roads to recovery. The romance, and the healing, grows slowly, and the ending is perhaps a little too swift given such a long buildup. But this is a minor flaw in a tale that is both grand and also intimate. The book does, definitely, reward a patient reading.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
How a tradegy can change ones life 10 Jun. 2002
By TSchlaack - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great story about how a tragedy and the things that come after it can change your way of life. This story has the main character kidnapped on the night of the great Chicago Fire. She was already wondering what she was going to do with her life do to another personal tragedy, she figured she was only trained to be "pretty" and not to even dress herself. This kidnapping teaches her a lot about herself. It is really fun to read about her change in attitude etc... and laugh as she learns things the hard way. At the same time it teaches her kidnapper a bit about himself, as well as a distant town learns not everyone with the same name is "evil". In the climax of the book you also learn alot about survival in the later 1800's and how things differ today. An excellent read. Not too much emphasis on the sensuality.
29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
An outstanding Read! 4 April 2000
By Maudeen Wachsmith - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first heard of the subject matter of Susan Wiggs' latest novel, I was both intrigued and a bit skeptical. A hostage falling in love with her captor -- the plot has been done many times before and the subject seemed dated. A spoiled little rich girl and a rugged outdoorsman -- ditto. And, in less talented hands, the book might have been dated and nothing new. But given the gifted pen of Susan Wiggs this book works and works well. A more exciting beginning would be hard to find -- the story begins with the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The rest of the book takes place on the route up lake Michigan, through the locks to Lake Superior's Isle Royale, introducing the readr to a whole host of interesting characters. A heroine with a social consience, despite her privileged upbringing and a captor with a lot of heart - what else can a reader want? I can hardly wait to read the next two books in the series!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I Loved this book!!!! 2 Oct. 2003
By Just a Dreamer - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Wigg's book, and I absolutely loved it. From the beginning to the end, I was never bored once. She is very romantic, and the sex is not as important, as other romance books. So what you get is more of a STORY to read, not a bunch of sex to take up half the book, so you are wide eyed, involved, to the very end. I even looked up on the internet more information about the great fire of Chicago 1871. It was such a good read, I bought the other two books of this series, and I am snuggled and happy right now. This is romance at it's best.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Not an easy book to read, but rewarding and well written! 4 Nov. 2000
By Kelly - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is my first Susan Wiggs book, and I am in awe of her talent. _The Hostage_ was a wonderful, emotional roller coaster ride. I was extremly involved in it. Let me say that the begining is a little hard to get through, but if you stick out it, _The Hostage_ is a very rewarding book to read, and you will be left with a silly grin on your face. If you don't like hard core romance, then this book may not be for you, but if you enjoy complex plots and interesting characters, I'd highly recomend you try this one out.
On October 8, 1871, disaster struck Chicago. Amidst the chaos, four friends have their lives drastically changed. They are Phoebe, Lucy, Kathleen and Deborah. How they change and what happens to them is the basis of Susan Wiggs Chicago fire trilogy. _The Hostage_ is the first book followed by _The Mistress_ and then _The Firebrand_. Deborah Beaton Sinclair is the focus of _The Hostage_
One night at the opera... who knew it could change your whole life? Deborah had a very traumatic experience there and realizes that she can not marry her fiance. She decides that she must ride into town and tell her father. Little does she know that her life is about to change forever.
Tom Silver is a man bent on revenge. Aurther Sinclair, Deborah's father, is a murderer in his mind, and Tom comes into town from the remote Isle Royale with murder on his mind. While Deborah is confronting her father and the fire is raging outside, Tom bursts into their lives. By a mis-hap, Aurther is not killed, and Tom takes Deborah as his hostage for compensation. They travel to Isle Royale and Deborah sees first hand the disaster that her father's greed has caused. And, she and Tom are drawn towards each other as love spins it's complicated web. Will these two star crossed lovers ever end up together for their happily ever after? Will the devestated families of Isle Royale ever get some compensation for their loss? And what really did happen that fateful night of the opera?
Oh, I just loved this book! The characters, the setting, the plot... everything. Let me clear the air and tell you that the first half of the book is really dedicated to letting you get to know the characters and their problems. But, when the romance does come into play at the second half, you feel that you know the characters so well that their love seems very realistic. Both Tom and Deborah are wounded souls, but they can help heal each other, and it is lovely to watch. It is so cool to watch Deborah awaken from the naive debutant she once was. I found myself cheering her on and hoping she would find her voice and her place in the world. Tom was very much the same. He too is wounded, but Deborah helps him see that life goes on and she teaches him how to love again.
Susan Wiggs has just boosted herself up to one of my favorite authors. The way she develops her stories is amazing. Her characters are very well fleshed out and her settings come alive. Chicago has always been a place I've wanted to visit, and now I want to even more. The way she described Isle Royale made me feel like I was there. That takes real talent. I can't wait to read _The Mistress_.
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