Sunday, August 18, 2013

Book Review: A Fast-Paced Read

Bethany House provided a complimentary copy of Into the Whirlwind in exchange for an honest review.
     Author Elizabeth Camden journeys with the reader back into the year 1871. Here is where the heroine, Mollie Know, owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, is introduced as a fire blazes in Chicago around her. The first few pages are a whirlwind into the story, vying to pull you back into history past. The heart quickens with Mollie's has she tries to escape the flames licking at her feet.  In the chaos Zack Kazmarek, a lawyer for Mr. Hartman's top-of-the-line department store, puts his life on the line for the sake of Mollie.
     Mollie has a heart of gold for the veterans that work for her at the watch factory. She must rebuild the 57th in order to preserve the welfare of the forty-some families that depend on paychecks from her. Sometimes her heart is defeated at times, by an overly analytical mind. Zack has pined for Mollie for years wanting more than a business relationship. Finally, in the heat of the moment he confesses her love for her. As their world crumbles around them, Mollie must figure out how to allow herself to love without having reason to. Can she love unconditionally without putting conditions on her own heart? Will she let business take precedence over a matter of the heart?
     When I first thumbed through Into the Whirlwind I was a bit hesitant to begin. Some 374-page books seem a daunting. I suppose I enjoy fiction more than I allow myself to believe. As soon as I began to read I was drawn and compelled to continue my reading. The scenery is so well-written the story swallows you whole. You feel as if you are running with Mollie through the streets of Chicago. The clamor and bells ringing are loud and deafening. The chaos is felt, the whirlwind of emotions is experienced and the heart is submerged into the storyline. The mannerisms of the time seem genuine and reflective of a culture that I only long to have known.
     The pages fly by as you try to keep pace with the developing storyline and character growth. The development of the characters is fluid yet, realistic. Fear and hope intersect, love and betrayal collide and life and death contrast. For any lover of historical fiction will be fascinated with Zack's Polish descent along with the overall 19th century flavor. Elizabeth Camden has penned a beautiful novel once again. When you pick up Into the Whirlwind, into the whirlwind you'll go.


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