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Friday, October 25, 2013

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  August 8, 2013
Pages:  385
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
About the Book:  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?

Wanda's Review:  1871 - The city of Chicago was being destroyed as a solid wall of angry flames towered into the sky. People were in a panic with total anarchy on the streets. The roof of the waterworks had collapsed and the pumps had failed. There was no water left to battle the blaze and the firefighters abandoned their engines and evacuated the city. The fire had burned a four mile path along Lake Michigan and almost a mile wide. More than a hundred thousand people had been left homeless and more than half of the businesses had been burned out. One of those businesses was the 57th Illinois Watch Company, known for the most beautiful watches in America, with their spectacular artistry and hand engraved gold cases. 

Mollie Knox had taken over the watch business after her father's death. Losing the business to the fire is devastating, but Mollie is determined to save the company. And the story unfolds ---

Mollie is a passionate artisan and a strong business woman who likes a safe and orderly world. She is struggling to find a way to get this company back in action. Too many people depended on her and she will not accept failure. This fire would not be the end of her or the business. And, along the way, Mollie has two attractive suitors.

The impeccable Zack Kazmanek is an attorney for Hartman's, a prestigious department store. He's been attracted to Mollie for three years, but he'd been icily aloof to her before the fire. Why the sudden change? Beneath his polished veneer of success, he is rather rugged and aggressive. Mollie is attracted to Zach, but can she trust him?

Colonel Richard Lowe is Mollie's second suitor. He seems to have a strong moral code and he is a gentleman to the core. If Mollie married the Colonel, she would never have to face financial insecurity again. But, could she really fit into his world? Mollie just wants a man who truly loves her, imperfections and all, but she seems to be caught in a whirlwind.

The author does a marvelous job getting into the minds of the characters and spins a tale of twisitng emotions. The book has a good flow with a satisfying conclusion, although predictable. However, there were times when the storyline seemed to drag a bit. Elizabeth Camden's style of writing never disappoints me. I highly recommend. 4 stars. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for an honest review. The opinions shared in this review are my own.

Author:  Elizabeth Camden http://elizabethcamden.com/blog

Elizabeth Camden