Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden takes the reader back to the Chicago fire of 1871. The author does a great job of making the reader feel like she's been there and has smelled the odors, tasted the smoke, and shaken with the fear. I enjoyed this book from start to finish, things that I'd never thought about gave me moment to pause (how did people escape the fire from three sides of the city, bordered by the lake?)
I also learned quite a bit about watchmaking, which was interesting to me because for a while, my grandfather was a watch repairman (there's a skill that's no longer needed).
Filled with romance, mystery and action this is one book not to miss.
From the back cover:
As owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, Mollie Knox's future looks bright until the night the legendary Great Chicago Fire destroys her beloved city. With her world crumbling around her, Mollie will do whatever it takes to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating fire.
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.
As the people of Chicago race to rebuild, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack's influence. Zack believes this may 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?
This book was provided for review by Bethany House.