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.
Read an excerpt from Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden on the publisher's website.
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