Another well-written book! My review of "Into the Whirlwind" by Elizabeth Camden (with CFBA tours)

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Check out a preview and my review of "Into the Whirlwind", courtesy of the publisher and CFBA:


This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Into the Whirlwind
Baker Publishing Group (August 15, 2013)
Elizabeth Camden


A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Into the Whirlwind, go HERE.


my review.....

Written with fascinating historical detail and vivid descriptions that will have you experiencing the heat and chaos of the Great Chicago Fire, "Into the Whirlwind" is a fine addition to Elizabeth Camden's growing list of published works. Although I have read other books that take place at the time of the fire, I really enjoyed the way that Camden has allowed her characters to experience the fire itself and the after effects as well. I can't imagine watching my whole home and livelihood go up in flames, and then discovering that the insurance company meant to help me has gone bankrupt! The book is well-written and flows smoothly from scene to scene, and there is plenty of action to keep the story moving along. I loved reading about a female character who is a watch maker, definitely something that adds a unique spark to the story. I do have to say that the back and forth nature of Zack and Mollie's relationship wore on my patience a bit, and there were times that Mollie's behaviours just made her unlikeable. On the whole, however, I did enjoy the cast of characters who star in this novel, and felt that Camden did a good job at providing them with well-rounded personalities. The ending will definitely leave a smile on your face! Finally, as with her prior novels, I also appreciated how she wove faith in God into the story, making it seem a natural part of the character's lives.

Fans of historical fiction and of prior novels by Elizabeth Camden will appreciate her latest contribution. I give this book a solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Bethany House, and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance along with Graf-Martin, for the purposes of this unbiased review.