Into the Whirlwind

By Elizabeth Camden
Published on August 1st 2013
Published by Bethany House Publisher
Source: Publisher
After her father's death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile, and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie Knox, a woman who has always been just beyond his reach. However, all bets are off after the fire destroys Chicago, and Mollie is in desperate need of assistance. Just as Zack finally begins to pursue the woman he loves, competition arises in the form of a hero from her past who can provide the help she needs to rise from the ashes.

While Mollie struggles to rebuild, the two men battle for her heart. One has always loved her, but the other has the power to save her. In the race to rebuild the city, can she survive with her business and her heart intact?

This is a hard review to write.  I feel like I really need to separate this review into two parts: the plot and the characters.

The plot was incredibly interesting.  Into the Whirlwind took place during the Great Chicago Fire.  The characters were actually in the fire and experienced it first hand.  I was a little shocked that the fire took place within the first few chapters of the story.  A majority of the story was how the city rebuilt itself and how Mollie rebuilt her watch shop. I found the story incredibly interesting and engaging.  There are very few books out there about this subject and it was a little refreshing to read a book that broke the mold.

The real beef I have with this book are the characters.  I didn't like any of them!  I have to say, I sided with Mollie most of the time.  I found Zach to be incredibly rude and downright mean to Mollie.  At the end, Mollie apologizes and Zach is looked at like a hero- though he still is a jerk!  I don't think I am catching what the author is throwing on this book because I didn't want either guy to get the girl.  I wanted her to tell both of them to buzz off and ride off into the sunset alone. 

Into the Whirlwind was a decent book.  It had an interesting story, but the characters were so unlikable it was a bit of a struggle to finish.



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