Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

Into the Whirlwind
Baker Publishing Group (August 15, 2013)
Elizabeth Camden

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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Into the Whirlwind, go HERE.
Kay's Comments: Marvelous!  Elizabeth Camden writes not just novels, but good literature. Within the backdrop of an intriguing time in history, she conveys a complicated tale of love, murder and survival.  The storyline swings from a time of opulence to total destruction. As a reader, I could almost smell the smoke and hear the bells of alarm.
The characters grow and change as the story moves forward. The lead female characters are strong though imperfect, overcoming great adversity. Though Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) was not recognized as such at the time, one character fights through PTSD in order to help many.  The love of Zack for Mollie is a bit strange but adds a somewhat wicked excitement. The Christian aspect of the novel is not always overt but still there.
A compelling read! Be advised not to start near bedtime unless you are prepared to stay up all night reading!

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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