Into the Whirlwind
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 her beloved city is destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbli... Read More
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Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie, 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 again.
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? Into the Whirlwind from author Elizabeth Camden is filled with romance and plot twists - and the faith to rebuild a life from the ashes.
Page Count: 384
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 15, 2013
- UPC: 9780764210242
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- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 384
- Publish Date: Aug 1, 2013
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- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC027050"
- ISBN: 0764210246
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- Fine Christian Fiction! by Homesteading on 10/14/13
In high school, I disliked History class but if I had a teacher who could tell a story like Ms. Camden, I’m sure I would have excelled. Into the Whirlwind takes us through the horror of the Great Chicago Fire and the months afterward. From page one the stage is set, the cast is ready and the heat is on.
Mollie Knox is a character who has resilience, determination and a huge capacity to love. These traits are echoed throughout the story and shown in eloquent detail. From her business dealings to her personal tragedy, she is a woman to be admired.
Zack Kazmarek is another fantastic male character. Really, I don’t know how the author does it. From the first scene to the last, he captured my heart. The strange thing is, I can’t “see” him. Even after the intricate description of his features, his looks elude me. It’s his heart I envision. His compassion, his spirit, his all-encompassing love for his family and for Mollie is what speaks to me.
The scene of the fire was vivid and brilliant. I could feel the heat, the embers, the overwhelming fear while Mollie and Zack ran in and out, weaving through the streets while walls of flames blazed in the night. I felt the chill of the water as they took refuge and the sorrow as they watched their beloved city burn. My heart cried for the people who experienced that awful night all those decades ago. They must have felt hopeless and in total despair. But they rose from the destruction and rebuilt, just like Molly did in the book, to be better than before.
I loved this book. It was difficult to put down for long. There are many wonderful characters and moments that take place in this beauty from ashes story, it is impossible for me to cover all of them. Into the Whirlwind is a perfect combination of drama and romance with a delicate spiritual thread. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a Christian influence.
Bethany House provided a copy for review purposes only. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only my opinion of the book.
- A wonderful whirlwind of a ride! by Leah B on 8/26/13
If you have not read any of Elizabeth Camden’s books then I would highly suggest you do yourself a favor and read them! I have enjoyed each of her books and they are all “keepers” on my bookshelf!
As soon as I saw the cover of Into the Whirlwind and read the description, the book was on my “Can’t Wait For” list. When Bethany House offered me the chance to review the book, I jumped at the offer and eagerly dove into the world of Mollie and Zack.
Into the Whirlwind is set in Chicago in the year 1871. Mollie has taken over her father’s watch company after he passes away. Zack is a powerful attorney, connected with several big companies in Chicago and he is looking to buy Mollie’s company. Just when Mollie is trying to make a huge decision for her company, the Chicago Fire tears through the city and burns down buildings, as well as hopes and dreams. Mollie has no choice but to rebuild in order to provide for herself, as well as several people from the former army troop her father fought with in the Civil War.
Zack has admired Mollie from afar for a few years and after the fire, he finally gathers the courage to pursue her. However, Zack is a man prone to take things into his own hands and do things on a whim whereas Mollie is more prone to follow the rules and stick to the straight path. Can her heart trust a man like Zack or is she safer with a man like Colonel Lowe? A man who is there to help her when the need arises.
Wow, what a story. I found myself transported into Chicago and I felt like I was living Mollie’s life right next to her. I felt the heat of the flames as she tramped through the fire. I felt the pain in her heart as she realized she would have to rebuild. I felt her heart ripping as she tried to decide who her heart would feel safer with. I loved Mollie as a character and I loved spending time with her as I read through the book.
Mollie wasn’t the only character I enjoyed, as Zack was also a loveable hero. While he had his imperfections, he was a believable character and one I was drawn to.
Elizabeth Camden has created another setting of characters and events that dig into your heart and won’t let go. I enjoyed this book from start to finish and only found myself disappointed when the story had ended and there was no more to be told. Camden has a wonderful way with words and stories and I look forward to reading more books from her. She has definitely found her way to my favorite author’s list!
I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.
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- A time for rebuilding and for love by Susan Mires on 8/19/13
My summers as a kid involved a lot of reading - often in the porch swing or under a shade tree. I still enjoy reading, but with my work schedule, I usually don't get to it until after daylight hours have passed.
I just finished Into the Whirlwind, which proved to be a very entertaining - and informative - summer read. The story is set in Chicago amid the Great Fire of 1871.
Mollie Knox manages her late father's business making expensive pocket watches. Many of the employees of the 57th Illinois Watch Company are disabled Civil War veterans. Mollie is determined to honor her father's memory and provide dignified work for the men he fought with, which makes her one very determined lady.
Zack Kazmarek worked his way off the streets to become a high-powered attorney for Hartman's - Chicago's finest department store and exclusive retailer of Mollie's watches. Zack has secretly admired Mollie for years and as they escape the flames of the fire, confesses his love for her.
At first, Mollie falls for the hard charging, handsome Polish lawyer. But unexpected help arrives to rebuild the watch factory and she discovers Zack had deceived her about her legal rights to property. As Mollie seeks shelter in an burned out church, she wonders if she can trust her heart and rebuild from the ashes.
Elizabeth Camden is becoming one of my favorite Christian fiction writers. Into the Whirlwind, like her other novels, was woven with historical detail that enhanced the story without bogging it down. The trials of a businesswoman trying to scrape together a living and a home from the destruction of Chicago was very compelling. The story finished strong, though the first half moved slow. Part of the reason for this was Mollie seemed too cool to be likeable.
But once she opened up, this book became too good to put down.
I received this book as part of Bethany House's review program in exchange for writing an honest review.
- 10 stars out of 5, REALLY by TMWoodsBooks on 8/14/13
I usually start off my reviews with a brief summary of the book. But I have to say, I LOVE this book!!! It is amazing. If you are reading this, I hope you decide to pick the book up and read it. Okay, now that I have that out of the way. . .
Mollie Knox is a hardworking watchmaker’s daughter who has taken over his factory when he passed. This takes place in October of 1871 in Chicago, when a woman owning and running her own place was uncommon. She has kept this factory going where most of the employees were in her father’s unit during the civil war. Employing the injured vets was something he felt strongly about, and she wasn’t going to let his dream die with him.
But when fire hits the city, Mollie has to flee for her life. Zack Kazmarek, the lawyer for the high-end department store that has worked with Mollie for the past three years, comes to her aid and helps her rescue one of her employees and a little girl who has lost her parents.
The story follows Mollie through the trenches of losing everything and rebuilding while living in the ruins of a church, under the shelter of a tent. Zack proves to be a love interest, but so does another knight in shining armor. She has to decide whom she can trust with her heart and where her heart is leading her.
This is an amazing story of survival, hard work and pride, and loyalty and love. It’s about discovering who you really are when you come through the fire and how God is there with you every step of the way.
The history in this novel is fascinating. I’ve known about the Chicago fire, but never read a historical fiction story of someone who went through it. Elizabeth did an amazing job with researching the fire and lives of people it touched in order to make this story the best that it could be. And it is an amazing story.
So, did I like this book? Would I recommend it? Hmmm. . . let me think. YES!!!
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://TMWoodsBooks.com/blog . Also follow me on Twitter @TMWoodsBook, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/TMWoodsBooks .
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