Friday, August 23, 2013

Into the Whirlwind Is An Emotional Whirlwind

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Into the Whirlwind
by
Elizabeth Camden



Into the Whirlwind
by Elizabeth Camden
Christian Fiction / Historical / Romance
Available August 2013
Bethany House
384 pages

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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?

My Thoughts
After reading two of Elizabeth Camden's other books, I consider myself a fan. And Into the Whirlwind is another incredible book that fans (new and old!) are sure to enjoy!

Chicago is an intriguing setting, and the Great Chicago Fire provided the perfect backdrop for a story full of intense emotion, romance, and plenty of intriguing historical details. Anytime I've heard about the Fire, I've always thought it was sad, but reading about Mollie as she lived through the fire and rebuilt her company and her life afterward was especially moving. I honestly cannot imagine losing everything except the clothes on my back. Heart-wrenching.

The addition of the men of the 57th was so interesting. I loved getting to know several of the men and found myself wondering if this company might be based on historical fact. I hope so!

Above all, though, I love the fact that Camden writes with such intense emotion. Every page is dripping with fear, joy, disdain, excitement, and a host of other emotions, and I found myself feeling each and every emotion that the characters felt. There were a few times I even started "talking back" to the book ... which is truly a sign of a great book.

Fans of historical fiction are certain to enjoy Into the Whirlwind! [4.5 stars}

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House via CFBA in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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.

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