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.
Let me say right off that this is my favorite Elizabeth Camden book to date. Maybe it is my sweet spot for Chicago. It could be my love for veterans that have served in the military. Whatever it was Into The Whirlwind just seemed to work.
I loved the backdrop of the Chicago Fire. Ok I don’t like what the fire did , but that is such a rich time in history. Camden did a great job of incorporating it into so much of the story line. I loved how Mollie had to struggle back and it all didn’t come easy. Mollie herself was a brave character, flawed of course, but brave. I think she has stood out to me out of all Camden’s leading ladies.
I also liked Zack. I enjoyed his character development through the whole book. I loved how he was so loyal to his parents and his roots despite “making something” of himself. That is such a strong character strait. I enjoyed the banter between Zack and Mollie. Zack’s character was tested when another suitor came into Mollie’s life and one rarely sees Zack’s reaction to the situation. (I won’t spoil it but it was very smooth)
The supporting characters were amazing as well. Each had something special that they brought to the book. Not always good but each one definitely had their own flavor. I have to admit my favorite was Sophie. She was such a spoiled brat that turned into something so beautiful by the end of the book. I really could just sing the praises for a while, but I won’t bore you.
Camden is a RITA Award winner for her last book Against the Tide. I felt this book was better than that one. So if this doesn’t win some sort of an award I will be surprised. This being Camden’s fourth book I really feel she just keeps gaining strength in her writing. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other goods were exchanged.