1. Into the Whirlwind
    Into the Whirlwind
    Elizabeth Camden
    Bethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It's a whirlwind all right!
    September 9, 2013
    The Quiet Eccentric
    Canada
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Elizabeth Camden has now officially earned a place in my list of top authors! I mean, with her last book, "Against the Tide," I was pretty much sold but this story sealed the deal.

    It was fantastic. I am in love with Zack Kasmarek and I found my self yelling at Mollie far too often. There are some words that get saved for frustrating heroines and I'm afraid I used them rather fluently on poor Mollie.

    Okay, this may be painting the wrong picture... It wasn't that she was an awful character, it's just that I was so into the story that I was getting involved with every little detail. The history aspect of this novel was fascinating and the author must have labored many hours to bring every bit of burnt out Chicago to life for us.

    This is a book I would highly recommend to anyone who loves a good book; not only historical romance but lovers of all fiction.
  2. Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book
    September 9, 2013
    Jess88
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Into The Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

    It's October 1871 little does Mollie Knox know her life will never be the same again.

    Mollie Knox is the owner/manager of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. When one of the best lawyers in the city- Zack Kazmarek desires to meet with her to discuss a potential business venture she can't help but be scared stiff. What does he have to say? Have they done something wrong? This is the first of Elizabeth Camden's books I have read but it definitely won't be the last! I couldn't stop reading! Mollie is like no character I have ever 'met' before. She is loyal, Stubborn and determined to do whatever it takes to keep her father's company afloat, even through the Great Chicago Fire. When she discovers two shocking secrets, one kept by the lawyer for three years and the other from her fathers trunk. she is at a loss. Where will she go from here? Who should she trust?

    * Book has been provided courtesy of Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group.
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great Christian Historical Fiction Read!
    September 7, 2013
    quiltnmama
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Zack Kazmanek has worked his way up to a man of wealth and position. He has a job to do for his employer and Mollie is holding things back. Will he stand for truth and follow his heart or will he compromise and do what his employer is paying him to do. Can the friendship between Zack and Mollie survive?

    I truly enjoyed the suspense of Into the Whirlwind along with the historical setting of this book. I have read others by Elizabeth Camden and enjoyed them so when this one came available to review, I requested it quickly. I was not disappointed. If you enjoy Christian, historical fiction and romance, this is worth the read.

    I was provided this for free by the publisher, Baker Publishing Group/ Bethany House, in return for my honest review. All thoughts are my own.
  4. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great story during the Chicago fire
    September 5, 2013
    GingerS219
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    While I thoroughly enjoyed Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden, it was a bit slower paced than I typically prefer. Ms. Camden did an excellent job of showing us the fear and confusion generated by the Chicago fire. I'm thankful I wasn't there. She also did a wonderful job of portraying the difficulties of women doing business in that time frame. Having a man in her life, whether a friend, brother or husband, allowed greater access to many necessities. I'm glad times have changed so much--thanks to the many people like Mollie Knox.

    ***I received this book from the publisher/author for purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
  5. Atlanta
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent, Fast-Paced Read
    September 3, 2013
    Monica H
    Atlanta
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Into the Whirlwind is a new novel by Elizabeth Camden. The story centers around the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and focuses on the effect the fire had on two individuals - Mollie Knox and Zack Kazmarek. Mollie is the owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, a business she inherited from her late father and one that employees many of the Civil War veterans he fought with. Zack is a powerful attorney who came from humble beginnings. He is a formidable figure in the Chicago business community who is seemingly intimidated by only one person - Mollie.

    This is the second novel I have read by Elizabeth Camden. It was very interesting to read about the Great Chicago Fire, a historical event that I am familiar with, but prior to reading this novel (and doing some subsequent research) knew little about. The author did a good job of bringing the devastation of the fire - both to the city and its citizens - to life.

    The storyline moves back and forth between Mollie's viewpoint and Zack's, with plenty of expected misperceptions and events occurring to seemingly foil their chances of ending up together. However, I prefer novels this way as it makes them seem more realistic. It makes for a much more engrossing read and this novel moved along at such a steady clip that I could barely put it down. The author keeps the reader guessing and I was eager to find out what was going to happen next.

    Though a work of Christian fiction, there were not a lot of biblical undertones to the story. It read more like secular historical fiction than Christian historical fiction. Like in her other book that I read (The Rose of Winslow Street), there is a scene of brutal violence depicted in this story. It creates a sad subplot, but does realistically depict things that can happen after a tragedy. Though most people are good, some are not.

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It is an engaging, fast-moving story with well-developed, interesting characters. Even if you don't typically read Christian fiction - this book is one to put on your list.

    Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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