Into the Whirlwind
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.
I'm fast becoming a fan of Elizabeth Camden's work, and Into the Whirlwind only strengthens that fact! The beginning of this novel was fast-paced, exciting, and totally drew me in.
As Mollie and Zach enter into a quick, whirlwind relationship as they have to depend upon each other through the great Chicago fire they are left to wonder if, after the fire has passed, will their relationship be able to weather their differences in the aftermath?
There were a few little things here and there that popped up that bothered me or I didn't care for (for instance, I noticed there was an over-use of a word or two). Though I wouldn't say the book dragged, the second part wasn't nearly as exciting as the first part, although there were some great scenes scattered throughout the entirety of the book.
Elizabeth Camden is one of the few authors who create really great, memorable heroes (most of the time in modern fiction, the heroes all kind of seem the same to me, and I don't find them very distinctive). However, I really liked Zach- although he was reminding me of someone, and for the life of me I couldn't figure out who until it dawned on me that his character reminded me of Mr. Thornton from North and South. Mollie, too, was an interesting character (and I loved her name:)
I also loved Zach's heritage, and this Polish girl had a serious craving for pierogis by the end of the book!!!
objectionable content: a man is killed; there are about 3 or 4 kisses (none overly mushy, though ;)
I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.