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Into the Whirlwind

Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Romance, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (178 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Elizabeth Camden’s historical romances continue to gather accolades from critics and fans alike. Set in late 19th-century Chicago, Into the Whirlwind introduces Mollie Knox, who’s just lost her successful watch company in the Great Chicago Fire. To win Mollie’s heart, influential attorney Zack Kazmarek offers his help, leaving Mollie to put her faith in a man she hardly knows.

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Loved this story!!!

Grit, determination, and a never-give-up attitude made this book so interesting I could barely turn it off. Morgan Hallett is one of the VERY BEST narrators you can find on Audible. This listen was interesting, educational and enjoyable.

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  • 03-19-18

Old Chicago

I had no idea what happened in Chicago so long ago. The people pulled through with shear will, stubbornness, and they never gave up. It's kind of a love story, but a person cannot guess the ending. You have to listen! : )

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Turmoil for storyline sake

This would have been a much better listen had the author not introduced nonsensical decisions by the female main character. The poor decisions made no sense and seemed to be made for reasons so that the storyline could continue. There were no valid reasons for the poor decisions, not even stubborn pride. So I had difficulty liking the heroine. Enjoyed the historical parts and the story of rebuilding; however, I felt the religious undertones added near the end were distracting, and that they were added only so that another category (religion) could be added to the book's cataloging. There didn't appear to be chemistry between the hero and heroine, love seemed to be missing. But I mustered through the book. As for the narration, that was very good.

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way too long

the story starts out great strong minded woman doing her business alpha Male the fire people helping each other loving it and when it stop holding my attention the story gets really boring Mollie doesn't deserve Zack I had to skip pages so it would end eww

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Loved Zack!

WHAT IT'S ABOUT
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 TAKE
I love Elizabeth Camden's books. This is the second one for me, so I knew I was in for a treat. She didn't disappoint. Setting the book during the time of the great Chicago fire made for some compelling stories and a walk down history. It was also a fascinating look into the process of making watches.

I loved Zack! Why do I so often love the guys in clean romances but want to shake the heroines? That was the case with Mollie. She was a strong and compelling character but she sometimes took her logic and need for order way too far. Because while Zack could be very logical and orderly (he couldn't have been such a good attorney otherwise), he was also a force to be wary of. And he used to scare Molly. He'd known and loved her for three years, and she was clueless. Yet he understood her so well!

But the man was doggedly determined and loyal--sometimes to the wrong people. Add in Mollie's insecurities, her fear of the wild and crazy (Zack), and misplaced loyalty, and it can create a terrible mess for him, especially when a hero-like orderly man steps in to help her. But the ending was very much worth it.

It dragged a little while Mollie was figuring things out, or I'd give it a full five stars. The narrator Morgan Hallett did a great job.

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Outstanding as ever!

Elizabeth Camden made me weep, laugh and celebrate with Molly's journey. The vivid manner she paints the community of survival's is outstanding!

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  • lorie
  • hillsboro, MO, United States
  • 06-23-16

One of my favorite books!

Love all of Elizabeth Camden books. Excellent attention to detail and history. Her books just get better with every one she writes.

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Great!

The narrator did a wonderful job. the story was nice and although long it didnt really feel that way. it wasn't at all preachy..you barely knew it was a christian book except for a few references and the fact that it's a good, clean story.
I will have to see if there are other books by this author that are as good.

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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 09-01-15

1871 Great Chicago Fire, Story of Grit, Work, Love

One of the best historical fiction listens . . . and my first about the Great Chicago Fire . . . Mollie Knox is running a watch company lovingly left to her by her father, employing forty civil war veterans who fought alongside her father, some who are severely handicapped from the war, when the fire, started in the O'Leary barn breaks out . . . thrown together with Zack Kazmarek, the cocky attorney for the famous Hartman's Department Store, buyer for her company's watches, helps Mollie through the inferno, her opinion of Zach changes . . . and for the first time she learns how the stiff, polished attorney really feels about her . . . as the story continues over the months following the fire, through the rebuilding and recovery of the city of Chicago, both Mollie and Zach have to face many obstacles, and face themselves . . . I greatly enjoyed the exploration of Zach's Polish heritage and the story of his parent's love of their homeland . . . Into the Whirlwind is listed as an historical romance, but it's so much more . . . it's all about family, the struggle of immigrants in America, the class wars as those who had very little worked and tried to make a better life for themselves and their families, and the hard scrabble ways of survival that many of the "upper crust" will never understand. It's a study of integrity in the face of adversity . . . and I loved it!

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Totally Captivating!

Would you consider the audio edition of Into the Whirlwind to be better than the print version?

Not sure. Only listened to the audio.

What other book might you compare Into the Whirlwind to and why?

I could compare this with Francine Rivers Redeeming Love...only because it would be the most recently read book remotely close to this one categorically. However, this one was far more captivating. Great length. Really brought the story full circle.

What about Morgan Hallett’s performance did you like?

Loved her portrayal of the characters. Great pace.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Such great character development.