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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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Best love story in a long time

Recently I have listened to several novels from Elizabeth Camden and given them several excellent reviews. This is my third from her, and my favorite one yet. The character development in this is beautiful and the plot twists delightful. However these are my favorite characters.

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Great story

I loved this story and the characters. There were numerous twists and turns along the way that kept me engaged until the very end. The relationships and trials were genuine. The author and narrator both were excellent.

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Very well read!

Morgan Hallett read this so well, I think I got more out of it than if I'd read it myself (and that is rare!) I really appreciated the personality she gave vocally to each person.
I really appreciated Zach's passionate, driven personality. I felt he was a well fleshed out character. And I appreciated Molly's development process. I liked the background & development of the girl (Sophie) which made her behavior understandable. And, frankly, I enjoyed most all of the many supporting characters. I felt that their stories were well suited for this time, place, and predicament.
It was an interesting bit of history, (though I find myself wishing more of Molly's story was fact.)
(Reviewed by David's wife.)

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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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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.