Friday, October 11, 2013

Book Report & Giveaway: Into the Whirlwind, by Elizabeth Camden

Hello Chicago fire! Wowsers. Elizabeth Camden takes her readers front and center into the wild night when flames consumed the city and collapsed the lives of so many.

Mollie Knox was one of its victims, as was her father's watch factory. And Zach Kazmarek was unlikely hero who sweeps to the rescue in the form of a savy attorney working for her enemy.

I really enjoyed how the book began and swept the reader right into the agony of the fire and losing her father's livelihood. Mollie's burden of responsibility for the veterans of the Civil War who worked for her is insurmountable, and the probability of a more likely hero brings to light a romantic tension readers will totally envelope!

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.

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?

If you enjoy the richness of authentic history sandwiched between romance and suspense then you'll love this novel, by Elizabeth Camden. It's real-to-life Chicago in 1871. You can hear the factories, the voices of  the people, the revival of a city and the underhanded dealings so authentically...Chicago.

Us Midwesterners love a good ol' Chicago story. So grab a slice of Chicago-style pizza and curl up with this book. You'll love it!

Oh yeah, and comment to win your own bonafide copy!


  1. Morning everyone!! Got your coffee yet?

    I want to know what everyone else is reading right now. So, chat it up! :)

  2. This book is definitely going on my to-read list! I visited Chicago for the first time this summer and loved it!


  3. Sometimes I wish there weren't so many good books...I can't keep up! This book sounds excellent. Luckily I'm going on vacation in two weeks and will have days to just read!

  4. I have become very interested in anything to do with Chicago since my son moved to the area in 2009.

  5. This sounds real good ! Would love to win it !
    Linda Finn
    Faithful Acres Books

  6. This is already on my want list! I have always been interested in anything to do with the Chicago fire. Such a sad tale of such loss - but they rebuilt bigger and better. Reading right now? I just finished Whispers from the Shadows by Roseanna White. That is a great one!
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  7. I have been wanting to read this one. I heard it was great!
    I'm reading Beauty In Disguise right now. Great book.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  8. This sounds like a wonderful book! I am adding it to my wishlist.
    I am anxiously awaiting next week's release of MY HOPE IS FOUND by Joanne Bischof. It is the third book in the Cadence of Grace series. Beautifully and wonderfully written books full of emotion!

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  9. This one sounds like a good story, especially with a woman owning the business in 1871. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  10. Into the Whirlwind sounds exciting, I love the Chicago fire setting. I just started reading Made to Last by Melissa Tagg.
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  11. We have Elizabeth's books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Janet E.

  12. Love books based on real events, & would love to learn more about the Chicago fire. Romance, & suspense, make it even better!

    Thanks for the review, & the opportunity to win a copy of Into the Whirlwind, Jaime!



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