Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book gives an insiders view of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 and what it took to rebuild lives, businesses, and loves from the rubble and ashes left behind.
I really liked the characters in this book. Mollie Knox is a independent, strong, and compassionate women determined to keep her father's watch shop open, if for nothing else she has to provide her employees, mostly Civil War veterans with work and stability.
Zack Kazmarek is a influential Polish man who has worked his way up from unloading ships at the docks to being the most feared lawyer in all of Chicago. His secret admiration for Mollie has been growing for nearly three years, he's determined to make her his but it seems like every time things are about to work out as planned something comes and tears them apart.
I really enjoyed the descriptiveness of this book. I felt the excitement of Chicago before the fire, the desperation after the fire, and above all a sense of hope rekindled. Things being rebuilt, futures restored, loves revealed, and lessons learned.
I thought the romance moved a little too quickly to feel real but despite that fact I still loved the characters. They did seem real.
I would probably give this book more like a 4.5 star but a 5 star review is a little steep in my opinion.
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are solely my own.
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