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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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  • 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.

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Captivating!

Would you listen to Into the Whirlwind again? Why?

From the very opening sentences through to the very satisfying ending this book was a pleasure to listen to. Molly and Zach's love/hate relationship was fun, frustrating and ultimately very real. I plan to listen again.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Whirlwind?

The descriptions of the firestorm that consumed the city. Those chapters were so well written.

What does Morgan Hallett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narration! I am now a fan!!

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Unlike anything else I've listened to - GRIPPING!

Would you listen to Into the Whirlwind again? Why?

I do not usually listen to things about true historical events, but was immediately caught up in the Great Chicago Fire and details of watchmaking. Both Mollie and Zach were believable characters for me.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Into the Whirlwind?

I appreciated the day to day struggles of the many people from different walks of life being forced together as they try to rebuild their lives. I especially found it interesting that the mayor of the city sent out telegrams across the country asking for help from neighboring cities (a practice that still happens today). I enjoyed the actual historical details at the end of the book.

What about Morgan Hallett’s performance did you like?

I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and would look for this narrator in the future.

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

I appreciated that Molly cared about her employees as family and was determined to keep her business going to protect them. Even if some of her actions were misguided, her heart was in the right place.

Any additional comments?

I was caught up in the storyline immediately and even though the action slowed, it was a realistic portrayal of the rebuilding stages in the aftermath of great tragedy.