Into the Whirlwind

Into the Whirlwind

by Elizabeth Camden


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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764210242
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 512,395
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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

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Into the Whirlwind 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
CherishD More than 1 year ago
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. 
AVIDREADER78ML More than 1 year ago
MoVerCA More than 1 year ago
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.
Lindz2012 More than 1 year ago
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.
BethLove More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Top read. Couldn't put this book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much, kept me wanting more and more... Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Historical romances this is one for you to read.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
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."
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Jocelyn_Green More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the setting (Great Fire of Chicago and its aftermath) and the cast of characters in this novel. Having such a fascination with the Civil War, I was delighted that the heroine runs a watchmaking company that employed wounded veterans of her father's regiment. That endeared the book to me from the beginning, and it only got better from there. Love the history that went into this novel, and how vividly it was portrayed. Beyond the main romance and the plot for the heroine to reshape her work after the fire, other subplots addressed several important life truths in ways that supported rather than distracted from the overall story arc. This novel was a pleasure to read from the first page to the last.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
This story was inspiring. Seeing a woman struggle to maintain her business and support of her employees during and after the great Chicago fire was this Elizabeth Camden storyline. The struggles to live and rebuild after the fire, the class differences. The love it took her awhile to recognize, this was a great book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books. I love the strong woman characters that are so ahead of their time.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
Chicago's late 1800s history abounds in this novel by Elizabeth Camden! I learned things about the Great Chicago Fire that I had never imagined. You will feel the desperation of Mollie to care for the men from the Civil War company with whom her father served. You will also feel how attorney, Zack, is torn between his loyalty to his mentor and employer and his love for Mollie. I was not certain how the book would end but was happy with the conclusion! I highly recommend Into The Whirlwind to anyone who likes historical fiction. I won Into The Whirlwind from a Kate Beslin giveaway!
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Great story
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters and story line never took away from the historical context. Highly recommend!
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Great Story. I love the books that share actual history with the telling of a great story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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