ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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?
My thoughts and giveaway:
I loved reading about the Chicago fire and the aftermath of building the city back up. Elizabeth did a great job of showing the horror and desolation of the city and desperation of the people.
I definitely like Mollie Knox, the heroine. She is strong, yet kind and feminine with a soft heart towards others.
The hero, Zack, let’s just say I can picture those dark eyes of his with no problem and he is everything a hero should be.
The romance happens a little too quickly for me. It felt forced in the beginning, but then after the initial romance blooms everything falls apart and that is when it got more interesting for me.
Another character is introduced about halfway through the book and I kept wondering if he can be trusted or if he is playing a game. You’ll just have to read the book to see what I am talking about 🙂
Overall, a good book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical romance.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.