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Review and Giveaway: Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden August 22, 2013

Filed under: Book Reviews — Melissa Finnegan @ 1:55 pm
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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 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.

Grab your copy at your local book store, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Deeper Shopping.

Win a copy of the book by leaving a comment by August 28th at 5:00 PM. (U.S. residents only)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.


41 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden”

  1. amyc Says:

    This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it. Great post!
    Campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  2. Barbara Thompson Says:

    Great review!! This book sounds fantastic!! Would love to win!! Can’t wait to read it!! Please enter me in the giveaway!! Thank you!!

  3. Carole Warner Says:

    I’d really like to read this book. I love books about this time period, and have always been interested in how people rebuilt after such a tragic event, before they had the big machinery that we have today. It just seems like an impossible task, yet they accomplished it, time after time. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  4. Martha J. Sturm Says:

    Have only read one other fiction book about the Chicago fire. Interesting to see how this author handles it.

  5. Pam K. Says:

    I read another of Elizabeth’s books (The Rose of Winslow Street) that I liked very much. I have one or two more in my to-read pile. I’d very much like to win a copy of Into the Whirlwind, so thanks for the chance.

  6. Bonnie Says:

    Interesting story line – don’t know much about the Chicago fire, haven’t read any of Elizabeth’s books & would enjoy reading this one. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  7. Patty H Says:

    I’ve not read any of Elizabeth’s books, but I think I have The Rose of Winslow Street on my Kindle waiting for me. But I truly love to have PB copies to add to my collection!

  8. Jackie Smith Says:

    I would love to win this book!! I recently read her first book….loved it…and I am on the way to reading ALL of her books!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Now this is an interesting story line….looking forward to see who she chooses…

  10. Brittany McEuen Says:

    This does sounds like a good story line. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  11. Merry Says:

    Loved the review. This sound like a great story that I would love to read.

  12. Merry Says:

    The great Chicago fire sounds like an interesting background for a romantic story. Thanks for a chance to win it!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  13. wendynewcomb Says:

    This sounds like a great story, thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book.


  14. Hello Melissa. Thanks for the review. I’ve seen this book before, but don’t have it, and would love to win it. Please put my name in. Thanks for the good review.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)ccom

  15. Beth C Says:

    I’ve read great reviews on this. Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. lib1lady Says:

    I would love to win this book to give to my church library. Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. What a wonderful combination. History, romance, and definitely some strong characters. Thank you so much for sharing the review and giveaway!

  18. Veronica S. Says:

    I love the plot of this. Sounds fascinating!

  19. Mary B Says:

    I’ve just recently found her books and have enjoyed 2 so far. Would love to read this one too!

  20. ELIZA ELLIOT Says:

    This one sounds so good! I can’t wait to read it! – Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Gwen Says:

    I feel in love with Camden’s “Against the Tide” so of course I can’t wait to get my hands on “Into the Whirlwind”. 🙂 Thanks for this opportunity! gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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