Into the Whirlwind [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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
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Set against the backdrop of the 1871 Chicago fire, this glimpse by Camden (The Rose of Winslow Street) into the past is a sweet, emotion-filled romance to warm the heart and touch the soul. As the sole proprietor of the watchmaking and stewardship enterprise begun by her father, Mollie Knox must not only manage the business end of the exclusive manufacturing venture, but also care for the company’s employees, most of whom are disabled Civil War veterans. In the wake of the blaze, Mollie must team with Zack Kazmarek—a Polish dockworker-turned-lawyer who has intimidated her for years—to find a way to save herself, her adopted family, and her business. When a figure from Mollie’s past appears, difficulties arise all around. While a light read, the cast of characters is varied and lovingly detailed, colorful and bursting with life. Subtle references to faith are unevenly woven throughout the simple story, and some of them are too subtle. Cleverly disguised life lessons balance the uncomplicated storytelling. Agent: Seymour Agency. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441261472
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 2,047
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, a Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.
Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.
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  • Posted November 24, 2014

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    Very well-written historical fiction. Just enough passion, with

    Very well-written historical fiction. Just enough passion, with a subtle Christian base. Loved the strong characters, flaws and all. First novel I've read based on the Chicago fire, and the author painted such a vivid picture I could feel the flames closing in. 

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2014

    GREAT HISTORY LESSON

    THIS WAS A VERY GOOD BOOK. EXCITING TO FEEL AS IF I WAS REALLY THERE DURING THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE. IT TOOK FAITH AND DETERMINATION TO SURVIVE THE FIRE AND THE EVENTS AND CIRCUMSTANCES THAT FOLLOWED. I GAINED RESPECT FOR REAL PEOPLE WHO OVERCAME THE HARDSHIPS CAUSED BY THIS TRUE CHAPTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    It is more then romance, it is living through the great
    Chicago fire. It is feeling the heat, struggling to breath with the smoke over powering everything. And it is the resilience of the people to pick themselves up and keep living. Rebuilding and trusting in God.
    I felt as though I was there with the people. Very compelling.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

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    I loved this book the most. It was the best written book so far

    I loved this book the most. It was the best written book so far for a historical fiction book. I love the fact that his is about history of event that happen in Chicago. It has some romance but not whole lot in it. This book is about the Chicago fire. It is cool that it tell you about the people and how people dealt with the fire.


    I really talks about the aftermath of the great Chicago fire. It detail the what happens to some of the buildings and what the neighbors did for the city and new change came about. If you really like history or interest in history of the US then this book is for you. Remember this book has some fiction but it still go learning tool to learn about American history in some ways.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    This book gives an insiders view of the Great Chicago Fire of 18

    This book gives an insiders view of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and what it took to rebuild lives, businesses, and loves from the rubble and ashes left behind.
    I really liked the characters in this book. Mollie Knox is a independent, strong, and compassionate women determined to keep her father's watch shop open, if for nothing else she has to provide her employees, mostly Civil War veterans with work and stability.
    Zack Kazmarek is a influential Polish man who has worked his way up from unloading ships at the docks to being the most feared lawyer in all of Chicago. His secret admiration for Mollie has been growing for nearly three years, he's determined to make her his but it seems like every time things are about to work out as planned something comes and tears them apart.

    I really enjoyed the descriptiveness of this book. I felt the excitement of Chicago before the fire, the desperation after the fire, and above all a sense of hope rekindled. Things being rebuilt, futures restored, loves revealed, and lessons learned.
    I thought the romance moved a little too quickly to feel real but despite that fact I still loved the characters. They did seem real.

    I would probably give this book more like a 4.5 star but a 5 star review is a little steep in my opinion.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2015

    this book is supposed to be free!

    this book is supposed to be free!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2015

    Excellent

    Top read. Couldn't put this book down

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Great Read

    Enjoyed this book very much, kept me wanting more and more... Thanks

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Highly recommend - give it a chance

    If you like Historical romances this is one for you to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    Mollie Knox, owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, employs v

    Mollie 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."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    Chicago Fire Romance

    Good story based upon issues surrounding the Chicago Fire and what it did to the community. I enjoyed the story and her working woman heroine and hope to read more by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2015

    Historical winner

    The characters and story line never took away from the historical context. Highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2015

    Great Story. I love the books that share actual history with the

    Great Story. I love the books that share actual history with the telling of a great story line.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    You can almost smell the smoke...

    I love a well-written historical fiction that draws you into the sights, sounds and smells of the moment, and this one was excellent. The unbelievable hardships borne by those caught up in this disaster and its aftermath kept me thinking, "what if?" Would ANY American today be able to survive such an unexpected and earth-shattering crisis? Glad to have "lived" vicariously through this fabulous novel; and extremely grateful that I didn't truly have to live it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Excellent

    Very engrossing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    A truly enjoyable story

    The characters are alive. The historical aspects interesting.

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  • Posted January 10, 2014

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    NTO THE WHIRLWIND by Elizabeth Camden is an inspiring Inspiratio

    NTO THE WHIRLWIND by Elizabeth Camden is an inspiring Inspirational Historical Fiction set against the backdrop of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Meet Mollie Knox and Zack Kazmarek. Mollie is the owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Zack, an attorney for a department store.

    "Into the Whirlwind" is the story of love, faith, the turmoil of the Great Chicago Fire and the strength to re-build a city. A powerful, compelling story that will capture your heart as Ms. Camden brings life into 19th century Chicago and its people. From turmoil and tragedy comes love and laughter! A wonderful read with engaging characters and well thought out storyline. Well done! Received for an honest review from the publisher.

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Excellent book.

    The plot of this story takes place in Chicago during the time of the great Chicago fire. The characters are well defined and let the reader know what challenges they faced after the disaster. The story is filled with adventure, mystery, heartache, courage and love. It is an excellent book that will be hard for you to put down. I highly recommend it.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

    One thing I¿ve learned to expect from Elizabeth Camden is an his

    One thing I’ve learned to expect from Elizabeth Camden is an historically authentic story. I love how she sets the stage of each novel with an actual event or social issue (like opium addiction in Against the Tide). In Into the Whirlwind, the city of Chicago is laid bare to the bones by the horrific Great Chicago Fire begun in the barn of the forever-traumatized Mrs. O’Leary, and Mollie Knox must pick up the pieces of her carefully constructed life and put it back together the way she puts together the watches in her father’s 57th Illinois Watch Company.

    against-the-tide-elizabeth-camdenOf the main characters of Into the Whirlwind, my favorite was Zack Kazmarek, because of his certainty about his pursuit of Mollie…once he took that step, anyway. But therein lies my frustration, as well. For a man who was so forthright in the aftermath of the fire, it seems incongruous that it took three years for him to even work up the courage to acknowledge poor Mollie in the first place. In other words, I did NOT like that Zack was so slow on the uptake, but once he figured out which direction his heart wanted him to go, he was all in, and THAT, dear readers, is what I like to see (in this case, read) in a man. None of this half-in-half-out-play-it-by-ear-see-where-this-goes-and-if-it-doesn’t-work-out-then-we’re-cool-right? stuff.

    Mollie Knox, I must admit, frustrated me to no end…but I honestly believe that’s what the author had in mind. Even Mollie wanted to be something she wasn’t, to stretch her wings, to be bolder, but she was weighed down by fear and responsibility and obligation, much of it self-induced, and some of it unwanted. I thought she was a well-written character held in the grips of her self-made limitations. I think her change of heart regarding a certain man in her life was handled well, but I did find her forwardness in regards to the other caught me off guard a little as it seemed a bit of an abrupt detour from her character.

    I enjoyed this book, as I do every Elizabeth Camden’s books, and I learned something new about our country’s history, as I also do with every Elizabeth Camden book. This was not my favorite book of hers, primarily because I had a hard time liking Mollie Knox until I was well into the book, but it ended in a very satisfactory way, as I find every Elizabeth Camden book does.

    Dorothy, you’ve done it again. Thank you for a lovely novel!

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  • Posted November 1, 2013

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    Into the Whirlwind is a turbulent love story set amidst the rubb

    Into the Whirlwind is a turbulent love story set amidst the rubble of Chicago as Mollie endures the challenge of survival and the triumph of rebuilding the city. This stand-alone novel is steeped in history and filled with rich characterization, emotional impact, and beautiful prose. I greatly enjoyed this character-driven drama and will be reading more of Elizabeth Camden's work.

    There's often a tendency to skim over descriptive passages, but not so in this book! Elizabeth excels at capturing the feel of a historical event, bringing it to life and making you feel as though you are there. The story begins on October 8, 1871, as the raging Chicago fire is destroying everything in its path: "The fire had burned a four-mile path along Lake Michigan that was almost a mile wide. More than a hundred thousand people had been left homeless, and half the businesses in the city had been burned out." One of the disastrous results of the fire was the collapse of the local insurance industry, and I loved how Elizabeth creatively worked this into her narrative through Zack's efforts in reform.

    Mollie and Zack are strong leading characters. 26-year-old Mollie Knox excels at business and runs her father's 57th Illinois Watch Company. She is a hardworking, compassionate leader who trains fifteen wounded veterans from her father's military unit in the art of high-end watchmaking and devises ways to keep the company afloat.

    Zack Kazmarek is an attorney for Hartman's, the only store in Chicago that could afford to carry Mollie's expensive watches. Zack is a bold, confident man, protective of those within his care - and he embodies characteristics that we love in a hero - he is hardworking, honest, loyal and kind. It was especially touching to see how he loved and cared for his Polish immigrant parents.

    While the fire taught Zack how important Mollie was to him, she wasn't ready for a relationship. "Zack was a wild, unpredictable force of nature, while she lived in an orderly world of ticking watches and production schedules." And to further complicate matters, the handsome and gentlemanly Colonel Richard Lowe comes sweeping in to rebuild Mollie's company. "He was Lancelot without the pesky adultery problem."

    As much as I admired Mollie as a caring employer who struggled to succeed in business because she was a woman, she wasn't my favorite heroine. I felt that she made some bad decisions out of pride, with heartbreaking results in one instance, and I cringed at her often harsh, unfeeling words spoken to Zack in anger. On the other hand, I felt that Mollie not being a "perfect" character added to the depth and enjoyment of this story.

    There is a strong cast of supporting characters, especially in the wounded veterans who work with Mollie. I also came to love Sophie, the young girl rescued by Zack and Mollie during the fire. "Extraordinary in her insolence" at first, she blossomed when given the opportunity to find purpose in life through hard work and being part of a team.

    Into the Whirlwind is a fascinating and engrossing story that I highly recommend to all readers.

    This book was provided by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

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