Book Review: Into The Whirlwind – Elizabeth Camden

into-the-whirlwind RATING: 4 Stars

From The 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? Goodreads

 My Thoughts ~
At the back of the book, Davis Bunn remarks “Into the Whirlwind is a delight. Elizabeth Camden shows remarkable ability to breathe life into nineteenth-century Chicago and its people …” And that is exactly what she does! I never once doubted that I wasn’t there, walking through the streets alongside Mollie, observing the same wreckage she did. Living in Australia, I have never learnt about the Chicago fire. And I’m not sure I have even heard about it, despite the possibility. This book might not be perfect, but it definitely allows readers a glimpse of the fire aftermath. One experienced through the eyes of Mollie Knox.
I loved reading about the watchmaking business. The cover of the book only gave me a glimpse of the beauty the industry entails, and Camden did a wonderful job at bringing it to life!

I know, I know, you are probably wondering when I am going to talk about the romance because I am mentioning it a little late. Although it wasn’t my favourite aspect, it was still one I enjoyed (surprise, surprise 🙂 ) The beginning of the book proved to be the most interesting part because it is where Zack layered down his heart for Mollie all in one go. Yes, I found it a little sudden, but that allowed me to suffer Zack’s heartbreak, even if it wasn’t rightfully deserved. Even though there were moments in the book that proved a little too detailed, the moment Mollie and Zack entered, the stage would light up, no matter their temperaments! There was also a time where I couldn’t stop laughing. The chemistry definitely coursed tingles through my body.

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4 thoughts on “Book Review: Into The Whirlwind – Elizabeth Camden

  1. I enjoy historical fiction and will check this one out. When you stated “…the Chicago fire. And I’m not sure I have even heard about it, despite the possibility.”, I wanted to let you know it did in fact happen. The legend of a cow kicking over a lamp that started it, is just that a legend. It has been my finding that most historical fiction does take a literary license but it also provides an interest to search out the real history of what it writes about. Thank you for your time in reading and reviewing it. Blessings ~

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