LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! this book by Elizabeth Camden.
Into the Whirlwind is definitely a whirlwind book.
The book takes us through the tumult the Great Chicago Fire and the aftermath. We meet two people, Mollie Knox and Zach Kazmerak. Mollie is the owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Zach is the lawyer and main procurer for a large department store. They know each other on a purely business level but we begin to understand that Zach is more than a little interested in Mollie.
Zach’s employers wants to make a deal with Mollie to buy her watch company. This includes all papers, watch designs, parts…everything. Mollie does not understand everything and is a bit overwhelmed by Zach and his speed of doing business. Mollie is a plodder. She needs to view a situation, make calculations and then decide on what the most favorable outcome will be. But some unfinished business between her father and the owner of the department store brings about a large share of mistrust and miscommunication between Zach and Mollie.
Will the two of them ever be able to come to an agreement or will there always be mistrust between them? Will Mollie ever get her watch company back up and running after being destroyed physically and spiritually by the Great Chicago Fire? You have to read to find out.
I really enjoyed this story and it truly sucked me in. I liked the development of the characters and the pacing. Mollie Knox is someone I can relate to and she is likable. I understand her feeling of being overwhelmed running a business and trying to keep it afloat. There is an isolation in that no one, but a fellow business owner can understand. So many people depend on you!
I fell in love with Zach Kazmerak. He is street smart, business savvy and a bit ruthless. But under that polished exterior lays a poet who wants love but can never get it unless he compromises his loyalty to his boss. And it’s his loyalty as well as his unflagging strength that pulled me to him. I have always been a sucker for a hidden poet…whose easy on the eyes and who also knows the importance of a long days work.
I really felt for Mollie and Zach. I think part of that reason it intrigued me and sucked me in is that I can relate to the whole fire experience. We had our own little fire in our town almost a year ago and so I can totally commiserate with the whole thing albeit on a much smaller scale.
Character development, plot line and story pacing are wonderful. There is plenty of descriptive writing and enough history woven on the pages that you actually feel like you could be reading a first hand experience of what happened to many folks during those awful 36 hours and the subsequent aftermath.
If you like reading a little bit of history melded with a wonderful love story and hard-working folks then Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden is a great start.
I was sent this book by Bethany House Publishers and I am not required to give it a good review but I did because I liked it.