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Baker Publishing Group (August 15, 2013)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.
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?
“Into the Whirlwind” by Elizabeth Camden, book review.
Mollie has taken over her father’s watch company following his death. The 57th Illinois Watch Company makes high end gold watches. Mr. Knox started the company after the war when the men of his division, 57th, needed jobs, as many were injured and could not find traditional work. The 57th sold all their watches to the fine department store in downtown Chicago.
But everything changed the night of the fire!
Heros were made that long night as neighbors helped neighbors to escape and salvage personal items and business inventory. And after the fire folks banded together to help rebuild.
Molly tries to quickly gather the employees and begin to rebuild her business. And she has the help of Zack Kazmarek, who is the attorney of the department store. Zack has had his eye on Mollie for 3 years and now is trying to help her. But Molly does not trust him or his motives, which seem to be self serving.
This is a very interesting story. The details of the Chicago fire and rebuilding were so interesting. The interaction of the different classes in Chicago added such depth to the story. And the faith that the characters exhibit was refreshing.
I really enjoyed the book. It kept my interest and I was eager to read the next chapter.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher: Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.