Sunday, August 4, 2013

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

From the publisher: 
As owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, Mollie Knox's future looks bright until the night the legendary Great Chicago Fire destroys her beloved city. With her world crumbling around her, Mollie will do whatever it takes to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek, an influential attorney for one of Chicago's finest department stores, is a force to be reckoned with among the city's most powerful citizens. Bold and shrewd, he's accustomed to getting exactly what he wants--until he meets Mollie Knox, the beguiling businesswoman just beyond his reach.

In the tumult as the people of Chicago race to rebuild a bigger and better city, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack's character and influence. Zack believes this may finally be his chance to win her, but can Mollie ever accept this man and his whirlwind effect on her life, especially with her treasured company on the line?


Elizabeth Camden is a gifted writer and I was eager to read her latest work.  Into the Whirlwind brought me to understand the Great Chicago Fire in a new way.  The detailed work of Chicago is a great historical read.  I was fascinated to learn about the water pumps going out, the other cities responding the crisis, the make-shift tents, and renting out property after the fire.  I ate up all the details and was again impressed with Camden's historical research.

I loved Zack's character.  He was strong and wasn't going to butter up Mollie in a weak gentlemanly way.  I liked that he was written differently than normal heroes in stories.

Mollie and her love for watches and the success of the 57th Illinois Watch Company was admirable and Camden writes about Mollie in such a way that you want her to succeed in her endeavors.

All of the history in this book was great.  I cannot wait to read more from Elizabeth Camden.

I did miss some of the spiritual depth that Against the Tide had, but this book was amazing in it's own way and I highly recommend it.

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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