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Into the Whirlwind [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Camden
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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?

"A sweet, emotion-filled romance to warm the heart and touch the soul... The cast of characters is varied and lovingly detailed, colorful and bursting with life." --Publishers Weekly

"Into the Whirlwind is a delight. Elizabeth Camden shows remarkable ability to breathe life into nineteenth-century Chicago and its people. If you are a fan of historical romantic suspense, I cannot recommend this book or this author too highly."-Davis Bunn, bestselling author of Rare Earth

"This is a story rife with history, hope and faith that will keep you reading raptly until the final page." --CBA Retailers + Resources

"Camden takes readers on a breathless ride with smart, serious Mollie in the midst of tragedy and rui" -- RT Book Reviews

"With her great cast of diverse and interesting characters and thrilling plot, you will definitely want to read this heartwarming and inspiring story." - Fresh Fiction

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden, author of The Lady of Bolton Hill, The Rose of Winslow Street, and Against the Tide, received a master's in history from the University of Virginia and a master s in library science from Indiana University. She is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 881 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85MPTA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,191 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Romance set around 1871 Chicago Fire 9 Aug. 2013
By Iola
Format:Kindle Edition
Mollie Knox is the owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, designers and manufacturers of exclusive hand-made watches Hartman's, the elite Chicago department store. Zack Kazmarek is the son of Polish immigrants who has risen to be the lawyer for Hartman's. He meets Mollie every three months to approve her designs and he has fallen hard for her unique combination of passion and business sense.

Mollie is suspicious when Zack presents an offer from Hartman to purchase her business outright, especially as the offer price is more than she thinks the business is worth. She doesn't trust Zack, so wonders what he knows that she doesn't, because he has a reputation for not always operating within the black and white of the law. Frank Spencer, her company lawyer and a second father to her, is especially distrustful of Zack.

The story kicks straight in to the action, showing Mollie and Zack trying to escape the fire, before taking us back six days to the morning where Zack presents his offer. We are introduced to some of the employees of the 57th, named for the regiment Mollie's father fought for in the war--the small business employs fifteen veterans from the 57th, all disabled in one way or another, and all who rely on Mollie for a livelihood.

After the fire, Mollie is struggling to re-establish the business when help arrives from General Richard Lowe, the handsome commander of the 57th, who held the company together during their most difficult battle. Neither Richard nor Zack make any secret of their feelings towards Mollie. Two very different men--who will she choose?

Mollie, Richard and Zack were all likeable characters, backed up by a strong cast of supporting characters, especially Zack's mother and some of the employees of the 57th.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 13 Jan. 2015
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This book is set in Chicago, I live in Northern Ireland! I know very little about the history of this city. Did that diminish my enjoyment of this book? Not in the slightest. I loved it, the characters,the plot which was twisty like a lamp after the great fire!! Plus I learnt a bit of history into the bargain! Thank you Elizabeth Camden!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story! 5 Jan. 2014
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Once again, Elizabeth Camden does not disappoint! I could not put this book down. Zack has to be one of my favorite heroes out of all the books I've read. The passionate love he has for Mollie is just heart-stopping! I love the humor that was woven through the story as well. Another fab book by Elizabeth Camden!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Into the Whirlwind 2 Aug. 2013
By E. C. Rumley - Published on
Managing her very own business and supervising her employees is what Mollie Knox loves doing, and she has been successful at turning a profit for the past few years. So when one of the best lawyers in the city - famous for his shrewd ways- desires to meet with her, she can't hide her alarm.

What does he have to say? Will he force her to give up her treasured business, the 57th Illinois Watch Company because she's a woman? Have they done something wrong?

I must admit, I've never read any of Elizabeth Camden's books before. I couldn't stop reading! Mollie is unlike any heroine I've ever "met" before. Fiercely loyal, dedicated, and stubborn, she is determined to do whatever it takes to keep her father's company afloat. When the great Chicago Fire destroys everything she ever had, she fights to pick up the pieces and begin over again. When someone offers her a better living situation after the fire, she refuses and stays with her employees and friends in the blackened, barely standing walls of an old church. Day by day, she works in the dirt and ashes with all the rest of them, struggling to rebuild. At first, I thought her rather stiff and single-minded, but only a few pages had passed before I began to understand just what motivates Mollie. She is perfectly inperfect, and when she discovers two shocking secrets - one kept by the lawyer for three years, one hidden in her father's trunk - she is at a loss. What is the best path to take? Whose advice should she be listening to?

Zack is just as determined as Mollie, but he has come from a radically different background. His parents are Polish immigrants who are determined that someday, things will be different for Poland. Zack doesn't know how to relate to them, because they refuse to listen to his warnings that their cause is hopeless. He has worked hard to get to the top of the working class as lawyer for one of the richest men in all of Chicago. Accustomed to getting whatever he wants with his powerful influence and contacts in the very worst parts of the city, he's stunned when the one person he wants doesn't want anything to do with him. Willing to fight to the bitter end for what he considers right but also for the people he loves dearly, he is caught at a crossroads.

Mollie and Zack are as different as fire and water. She's visited his office often over the past three years to report on her company, but all she knows is that he keeps a little bird in his office. He's admired her from a distance for years and never breathed a word to her. But all barriers disappear amid the panic and despair as all she has ever known goes up in smoke - literally. After the fire, danger heightens along with the looting as people begin to comprehend all that they have lost. Filled with breathtaking action, the difficulties and triumphs of true love, and amazing history, this is one of the best novels I've read in a long time. Elizabeth Camden has the ability to take a historical event that many people have forgotten about and turn it into something worth reading over and over again.

If you're looking for a great summer read, I strongly recommend this book!
24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt like I was there! 3 Sept. 2013
By Melanie - Published on
4.5 stars

Into the Whirlwind is the first of Elizabeth Camden's books I've read and I really enjoyed it! The author did a great job of portraying the Great Chicago Fire - the characters' emotions were so real and I felt like I was there!

The one downside for me were the characters. I liked them all fine, but Mollie definitely wasn't a favorite and I have mixed feeling about Zack. At first, I liked him, then I got a little frustrated by his the end, though, I really liked him and loved the things he did for Mollie. So sweet!

The history in this book was fantastic and I also loved the clock aspect in Into The Whirlwind. It was fascinating to get a glimpse into that world.

Overall, Into the Whirlwind was a very good historical read. I definitely plan on reading more of Camden's novels! I recommend it if you enjoy these types of books.

*I received a complimentary eBook copy of this book from NetGalley for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden 8 Aug. 2013
By butterflyreview - Published on
Mollie Knox, owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, watches her world crumble as the famous Great Chicago Fire destroys the better part of Chicago. As she struggles to rebuild the company her father loved, she is determined to keep all of her employees. They were all members of the 57th Illinois during the Civil War and were all crippled in some form during the war. Mollie supplies watches to Hartman's Department store and they are some of the finest and most expensive watches made.

Zack Kazmarek is an attorney for Hartman's Department store in Chicago and is known throughout Chicago as a force to be reckoned with. He has met his match with Mollie. She is a shrewd business woman and isn't easily swayed.

Hartman's wants to buy the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Just before the fire Mollie discovers a deed to a half acre of land that she owns. The land is in the middle of what is Hartman's Department Store. Now she knows why they are so persistent in buying her company including all assets.

As Chicago begins to build after the fire, Mollie learns just how powerful of an attorney Zack is. Zack declares his love for her. But she wonders if it is just a ploy for her to sell her half acre lot. She also has feelings for Zack. But she doesn't know if she can trust him.

I would give this book 3 ½ stars if it were possible. I really enjoyed reading about the Chicago fire and the rebuilding that took place. Zack and Mollie's story had merit. I think some of the book was drawn out and sometimes repetitive. I enjoyed it the first time around but I'm not sure it is a book I would re-read.

I was given this book by Bethany House for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation for this review.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More like 3 1/2 stars 6 Oct. 2013
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I really wanted to love this book since Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors. This story is well-written and unique, but I just didn't like it as much as some of Camden's previous books. Mollie Knox, the heroine, is very annoying and I really couldn't connect to her.
I noticed that there was not much reference to faith or God in the story. That is not necessarily a bad thing, but it seemed like the characters relied more on themselves than on God during their hard times. I probably would have liked it more if that had been different.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three and a half stars. 26 Aug. 2013
By Courtney P. - Published on
I will buy one of this author's books before even reading the back cover blurb. So when the opportunity came to review Into The Whirlwind, I rushed to choose it. I mean, come on, look at the cover!

The Plot

I've never studied the Chicago Fire--or watchmaking-- but this story thrusts you into history. Action begins on the first page with a preview of a scene that occurs not long after. The plot is unique, unlike anything I've read. Including the romantic aspect. I admit, I didn't love how hurried that part seemed in the beginning. . .then it dwindled. I wouldn't want to spoil anything though.
For me, this one didn't grab me, force me to keep turning the pages. That's part of the reason I took longer to read it. I would read a couple of chapters, set it aside for a little while.
Don't misunderstand--your experience reading it may be different. And I still enjoyed the plot.
A plus was that I did not guess the ending.

The Characters

Mollie Knox, the heroine, frustrated me. Some of her choices, I didn't understand. I found myself thinking, "What? Why are you doing, saying, etc. that?" It felt almost like a tactic to lengthen the book. I appreciated her loyalty to her company though, and her treatment and thoughts of Sophie were comical.
Zack Kazmarek, on the other hand, was my type of hero because he knew what he wanted and he worked for it. Even when slighted--harshly!
I can't say much more without ruining the story, but I recommend you read it if you like historicals. Not my favorite, but I'll certainly look for the next one by this author.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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