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?
It is easy to become desensitized or emotionally removed from historical facts and events, but Elizabeth Camden personalizes history by giving its patrons stories that are poignant and complex. Not simply a recounting of a catastrophic tragedy that shaped the face and destiny of a city, Into the Whirlwind takes a humanistic approach by examining the effects of the Chicago fire on the populous as a backdrop to an epic love story. The resiliency of Chicago is mirrored in her tenacious and unyielding main characters, Mollie and Zack. With descriptions that evoke visceral reactions from readers and manipulate emotions with every failing and success, Camden succeeds at bridging the gap between telling and showing. Zack’s audaciousness is equally matched by Mollie’s indomitably, resulting in combustible chemistry that puts them at odds as much as it draws them together. The insider view of the art of watch craftsmanship enriches the story without weighing down the flow with a surplus of technical descriptions. Into the Whirlwind again proves that Elizabeth Camden is a unique voice in the historical romance genre who will continue to please readers with her spin on the past.