When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

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 ...

Details When We Caught Fire

TitleWhen We Caught Fire
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Reviews When We Caught Fire

  • Nadhira Satria
    blehboring as hell
  • Rachel Rockwell
    Anna Godbersen has done it again!!! I was fully captivated and feeling all kinds of emotions, and maybe I’m biased because I love her work, but she just kills it when it comes to sophisticated writing, vivid details, and of course, historical research.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 2.5*Historical fiction is so fun, is it not? And the Chicago Fire... well, that's intense! This particular book was... less so. Not a bad read, but I suppose a tad underwhelming? It's basically a story of friendships and romantic relationships colliding in a big ol' love triangle that happens to get extra dramatic. One of the girls (Emm...
  • Jamie
    This totally reminded me of the romances I devoured in my teens and it was a pure fluff read--love triangle, good guy does the right thing, rich guy turns out to be a bastard, some typical tropes...but a fun read and escape for a quick weekend romance!
  • Madalyn (Novel Ink)
    This was just... nothing special??? It felt like something I’d read a hundred times before, and I predicted pretty much every detail of the story.
  • KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
    Edelweiss granted me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. And honest is what I will offer you.A Very Well Deserving 3/5 StarsThe fire had sometimes leapt over buildings, over whole blocks, leaving safe patches in its wake. But they were not really safe–the fire was often blown back, thus consuming what it had missed the first time.Anna Godbersen wrote a generally enjoyable story I consumed in less than four days. The synopsis sounds like ...
  • ItsOwlRight
    Here is my more generic little blurb/summary about this book I used as my review for the bookstore I got it from, then I'll say a couple words about why I ranked it below. I don't think this is a bad book, it just wasn't good for me.*****Lovers of love triangles will enjoy this 1871 historical romance about 3 childhood friends, now the newly wealthy and engaged Emmeline; her best friend Fiona; and Anders, the boy who Emmeline can’t let go of an...
  • Ruthsic
    Warnings: attempted sexual assault, gun violence, domestic violenceA love triange set against the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871, When We Caught Fire overdoes the passion and heads straight into angst. Going into the book, I was prepared for high society politics, class struggle or something like that, with three friends stuck in between, but this was more a case of teenage angst raging hotter than the fire. Barely into a quarter of the book, I wa...
  • Holly
    I received a copy of this from Edelweiss in exchange for a review.When I was younger, Godbersen's The Luxe series was what got me interested in historical fiction. I will always have a soft spot for that series, which taught me so much. So when I saw this, I had to try it.I don't want to undersell this. It's actually a decent story. Fiona, Emmeline, and Anders all grew up in what is essentially a part of the slums of Chicago. Emmeline got out and...
  • Annette
    Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and The Luxe Series is one of my favorite book series. So when I saw that Godbersen had a new book coming out, When We Caught Fire, I was very excited. I was not disappointed!The reader knows that this is a book about The Great Fire that occurred in Chicago in 1871. But the story starts out about a girl, Emmeline Carter, who is a society girl soon to be married to Frederick Tree. Emmeline's father has work...
  • Milena
    DNF at 60%I read just over half of When We Caught Fire before deciding not to finish it. I just couldn't care about the story or the characters any longer. I wanted to read this book because I love historical fiction and I love romance, and was interested in the historical event, The Great Chicago Fire. But I just found the story poorly executed. Love triangles can be tricky and I enjoy them when they are done right, but when they are done wrong,...
  • Erika Muir
    My rating: 3/5 starsARC/RC kindly provided by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest reviewWhen We Caught Fire is a beautifully written book with, in my opinion, one of the least cliche love triangles that I have read. It had a loveable but honest to life set of characters whose interactions and growth were highly enjoyable to read however, I wouldn’t go as far to say that the book was incredibly impactful. My favourite element was the langua...
  • Sarah Shoo
    Meh. A fluff read. I spent most of the book wondering when the fire was going to start then the rest wondering when the book would end. Predictable. The cheesy cover blurb was too much. It instantly made me think a couple was going to start the Great Chicago Fire while getting frisky in the barn. And, surprise! it happened. None of the characters were particularly likable or even developed. And their motivation was completely beyond me. Except ma...
  • Rebecca
    Thanks to the publisher, via Edelweiss, for an advance e-galley in exchange for an honest review.The most interesting parts of When We Caught Fire are the parts that are really about the Great Chicago Fire (versus the parts that focus on Emmeline, Fiona, Anders, and the love triangle between the three of them). Anna Godbersen wove a story around a fascinating, tragic event and worked in a lot of details about the events and time period that resul...
  • Herminia Chow
    About the book: It’s a novel about three best friends and the Chicago Fire.I received an advanced reader’s edition from HarperCollins Canada.First impressions: I didn’t know much about the fire prior to reading the novel, but I am a fan of historical fiction. So the concept of a story in 1871 intrigued me.The cover is colourful, and I like the title too.Characters: Emmeline, Fiona, and Anders are best friends. They love each other in differ...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    Historical fiction is always hit or miss for me. This was more of a miss. We are introduced to a love triangle with the backdrop of the Chicago fire. None of the characters are particularly likeable. Emmeline is self absorbed and ready to drop her best friend Fiona and her long lost love Anders in exchange for prosperity and marriage to a man who can buy her the world. Then she thinks, hey wait, maybe I can have it all! True love and money! And s...
  • Teresa
    I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review. When I first saw the name of the book, I was very skeptical, I thought the name was strange and wondered what it would really be about. I found that you can't judge a book by it's name. Wowser! What a good book this was! The author did such a wonderful job of describing the characters in the book and the places and events; she really put you right there. I really enjoyed this historical r...
  • Sarah
    Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for an advance copy for an honest review. I am a big fan of this author's work and loved her original series so I was excited to see that she had a new book out, and one about the Chicago Fire at that. I really enjoyed this book, it brings you into the world of the wealthy, elite and their servants and the societal pressures of young women back in those days. Now I want to go back and read her original series ag...
  • meredith ann
    A good summer reading romance kind of book. It was a little predictable at points but still entertaining and enjoyable.
  • Kim Baccellia
    Loved this historical tale where three friends are caught up in secrets and lies.
  • Jeanna
    A romance that will set your heart aflame. Review to come.