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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.
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
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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
"Camden takes readers on a breathless ride with smart, serious Mollie in the midst of tragedy and rui" -- RT Book Reviews
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting Historical Set against Chicago FireJune 12, 2014MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A young woman oversees a unique watch factory in 1871 Chicago. The obstacles Mollie Knox has faced running the company her father started pale amidst the devastation of the Great Chicago Fire. How can Mollie survive, and what will happen to the Civil War veterans they employ?
Zack Kazmarek, an important attorney employed by Hartman's Department Store, appears to be Mollie's saviorâ€”rescuing her during the fire and supervising the offer to buy her business. But can he be trusted? The wealthy Polish man came from humble origins, which his parents continue to maintain.
The unlikely pair are drawn together, yet another suitor emerges to try to win Mollie's hand. Should she choose the war hero her father's company admires who sweeps in and comes to her aid or the lawyer who sacrifices himself for her without her knowledge? Or should she remain a single businesswoman and keep the watchworks going? Challenges abound, but Mollie manages to work her way through them and grow ever stronger in this exciting historical novel.
theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not Quite Swept AwayMay 1, 2014theLadyLeighAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Camden's newest offering centers around Mollie Knox, single daughter of a Civil War veteran and owner and proprietor of her father's beloved 57th Illinois Watch Company. Just like the exquisite watches she lovingly assembles Mollie is a woman of delicate parts moving precisely in time and according to expectation. Zach Kazmarek is the exact opposite of Mollie. Raised from humble immigrant beginnings to become one of the city's most prominent attorneys Zach is bold, passionate, and not afraid to get what he wants; working for one of the city's biggest and best department stores he's developed a reputation for just that. For three years Mollie and Zach have met for strictly business purposes, she thinking him cold and unfeeling; he thinking she was the most beautiful creature on earth. After three years neither really knows the other but that is about to change_.
Set against the background of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 Mollie and Zack are thrown together in a way they never expected. Amidst the chaos of that night and the following weeks Mollie is carried away on a whirlwind of events and emotions that throws her tightly ordered world into a tailspin that she may never recover from_ Conflicted about what she truly wants from life, and from Zack, Mollie struggles to rebuild her company and her life and learns that sometimes the only way to survive the winds of change is to embrace them.
Having fallen in love with Camden's work in the stellar "The Rose of Winslow Street" I have followed with interest her subsequent releases these last few years. Going into this book I had only a little knowledge about the Great Chicago fire and found many of the details she shares truly interesting as she, from the first pages, grabs the readers hand and pulls them along into the fire. In many places it really felt like you were there with Mollie, Zach, and little Sophie, whom they pick up during their flight from the city. I don't know why, but in the past when I think of the Fire I think of the great destruction that accompanied it- but I've never considered what that meant personally, logistically, and financially to the people affected. Through Mollie and Zach's eyes you really get a picture of how the city was rebuilt and changes made and it brings to the reader a personal connection to an event from long ago.
Over all my feelings on this particular Elizabeth Camden novel are mixed. There are things I really liked about the book like the time period, the neat way the historical info was presented, and the character of Zach who has a strong presence throughout. But there are things that I felt left something to be desired. I would have loved to dig a bit more into Mollie for example, though she is the main character and the story is told mainly from her perspective there were times that I felt disconnected from her- like she wasn't telling the whole truth with a particular thought or action. There were times that I questioned her sincerity in what she thought or did with her relationships with Colonel Lowe vs. Zach and how she treated both of them. In both cases it seemed that the relationship was more about her then about two parties and equal ground. At the end I got annoyed because when she's ready for what she wants she goes all angsty over whether or not she can get it, and get it when she wants it and I don't find that attractive in any heroine.
Having said that however, I realize that the issues that I have with Mollie's character are not a deal breaker for this book. Despite her being more indecisive than I would have liked for a woman with the futures of others in her hands I couldn't really dislike her either. Mollie finds her security in her routine and in knowing what to expect from herself and others- and I can't say that I have never been that way myself. What Mollie learns however is that with the right people by your side the storms of life are nothing to fear.
Final Rating: 3.5 stars
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and opinion of the product.
Jolene4 Stars Out Of 5Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth CamdenJanuary 18, 2014JoleneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mollie Knox, owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, employs veterans who served with her father in the 57th Illinois Infantry during the Civil War. These veterans are talented artisans who craft high-end watches, but to Mollie, they are family. Mollie's contract with Hartman's, a fine department store, affords her a measure of financial security until Zack Kazmarek, Hartman's handsome, yet intimidating attorney, issues an ultimatum that Mollie must sell her business to Hartman or lose her contract. Unexpectedly, the Great Chicago Fire ravages the city, destroying tangible property and intangible dreams. When famed Colonel Lowe, leader of the 57th Illinois Infantry, helps Mollies rebuild, Mollie is torn between the kind, stable Colonel Lowe and the passionate, unstable Zack Kazmarek.
Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden is a stand-alone novel set in nineteenth-century Chicago. Admittedly, I don't know many details regarding the terrible tragedy of the Great Chicago Fire and Chicago's period of rebuilding; however, Camden's depictions seemed authentic and realistic. Into the Whirlwind has a solid plot that quickly hooked my attention and carried it through to the end of the novel. I found it refreshing that the romance elements of the story kept me guessing who Mollie was going to end up with. I recommend this book to lovers of historical romances.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Lucy4 Stars Out Of 5CuteDecember 10, 2013LucyQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Mollie Knox owns the 57th Illinois Watch Company and is looking at a bright future until the Great Fire destroys Chicago. Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney for a store that sells Mollie's watches. He usually gets what he wants, but Mollie doesn't let him get his way. After the Great Fire, Mollie and Zack have to work together to save Mollie's company and find out that each person is very different than the other originally thought.
I loved Into the Whirlwind, by Elizabeth Camden. It was the right amount of cute romance story and historical facts. Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors and she once again did a great job writing this story. It was a fairly quick read, but it kept my attention the whole time and I felt like a created a bond with the characters.
I was given this book for free from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Terrific ReadNovember 16, 2013FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mollie Knox has found a purpose in following in her father's footsteps by making famously intricate watches, but when the Great Chicago Fire takes almost everything from her she finds herself relying on the one man she swore she'd never trust.
Zach Kazmarek has made a name for himself as a lawyer to be reckoned with, from a humble home he has worked for everything that her has. Zach has admired Mollie from afar for years and now that he has the opportunity to help her, will he keep her best interests in mind?
A wonderful historical novel set during the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire, as people dusted themselves off and set about the hard task of rebuilding. I loved how this book showed how the best and the worst in people can be brought out through these times, and dealt with parts of the human condition.
I immediately admired Mollie, for her hard working spirit, love and dedication to her friends. This book was filled with so much history and a vast array of characters whose lives were forever changed by the fire, and many who became stronger because of it.
This was a wonderful story with so many characters who endeared themselves to me over the course of the story and they grew.
Overall, another terrific book from Ms. Camden. I could tell that a lot of research went into this book and I felt that it realistically showed what was going on during the aftermath of the fire. Great book!
Thank you to Ms. Camden for providing me with a review copy of this wonderful book, in return for me expressing my honest thoughts and opinions.
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