Review: Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

intothewhirlwindINTO THE WHIRLWIND
Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: August 1, 2013

From the back cover:

After her father’s death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile, and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie Knox, a woman who has always been just beyond his reach. However, all bets are off after the fire destroys Chicago, and Mollie is in desperate need of assistance. Just as Zack finally begins to pursue the woman he loves, competition arises in the form of a hero from her past who can provide the help she needs to rise from the ashes.

While Mollie struggles to rebuild, the two men battle for her heart. One has always loved her, but the other has the power to save her. In the race to rebuild the city, can she survive with her business and her heart intact?

It’s easy to see why Elizabeth Camden is a RITA nominated author! In INTO THE WHIRLWIND, she tells an engrossing tale of the Great Chicago Fire and the people who so desperately had to rebuild their lives after they lost everything. With amazing historical details and awesome characterization, INTO THE WHIRLWIND takes readers back in time and lets us feel the despair and fear and ultimately, the perseverance, of a devastating time in history.

Mollie is a fabulous heroine. She’s smart and driven with a strong loyalty to her employees. But times are changing and her business is in jeopardy. Enter Zack Kazmarek, the tough, powerful lawyer of Hartman’s Department store, the biggest buyer of her watches. When Zack makes her an offer for Hartman’s to buy her watch company, it’s an offer she can’t afford to refuse. She asks for time to consider, but before she can reach a decision, the fire breaks out and quickly burns much of the city to the ground. Zack becomes her refuge and chemistry blossoms between them, but in the aftermath of the fire, Mollie isn’t sure who she can trust, and the tension becomes to much to sustain their new found relationship.

What follows is an emotional, charming, heartfelt story about two very different people who come to realize that God made them for each other. With beautiful lessons of hope and perseverance and trusting in God’s plans, INTO THE WHIRLWIND is a spectacular read!

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