Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Into the Whirlwind...Review
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?
I loved Mollie and her determination. She loves the watch company she inherited from her father and she is smart and successful. She cares about her employees, many of whom are disabled and served with her father in the Civil War.
Zack is a prickly attorney who has long harbored a secret attraction to Mollie. Working on a business deal, they find themselves in the middle of the Great Chicago Fire and Mollie loses her building. In the aftermath of the fire and as Chicago rushes to rebuild itself, Mollie and Zack find themselves both attracted to and at odds with each other. When the men who served in the war with her father show up to help her rebuild, Zack becomes jealous of Mollie's relationship with her father's colonel.
I enjoyed Zack and Mollie even as I was frustrated with their relationship and the assumptions and misunderstandings. Seriously, it's called communication. The secondary characters were terrific and I appreciated Declan and his all to real struggle with PTSD. Sophie was a little snot and it was nice to see her grow and redeem herself.
I adore the historical aspects of Elizabeth's books. They are rich and filled with glorious detail. Having never been to Chicago, its history is new to me and I enjoyed learning more about it. The elements of watch and clock making was fascinating.
Sometimes books arrive and then get stashed in my TBR pile where they can unfortunately languish. This is one that just sat patiently waiting to be picked up. I'm sorry it took so long to get to, but it was definitely worth it.
Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Elizabeth Camden here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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