Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Book review: Into the Whirlwind

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review. All opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.

I really enjoy historical fiction- it's a fun way to learn about other places and times. The most recent historical fiction book that I read transported me from 2013 Seattle to Chicago's Great Fire.  The book is called Into the Whirlwind. Here's a bit about it from the publisher's website:

As owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, Mollie Knox's future looks bright until the night the legendary Great Chicago Fire destroys her beloved city. With her world crumbling around her, Mollie will do whatever it takes to rebuild in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek, an influential attorney for one of Chicago's finest department stores, is a force to be reckoned with among the city's most powerful citizens. Bold and shrewd, he's accustomed to getting exactly what he wants--until he meets Mollie Knox, the beguiling businesswoman just beyond his reach.

In the tumult as the people of Chicago race to rebuild a bigger and better city, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack's character and influence. Zack believes this may finally be his chance to win her, but can Mollie ever accept this man and his whirlwind effect on her life, especially with her treasured company on the line?
I was a little conflicted about this book at first- it's definitely not a light read, as it opens with the fire destroying much of the main character's life, and it doesn't let up from there with the struggles.  I'm generally a fan of more "fluffy" novels, but was soon drawn in to the story and the characters and couldn't wait to see how things turned out. The author does a really excellent job of making you feel like you're living through everything right alongside Mollie. I worried about her ability to provide for her workers, was conflicted about the two possible love interests in her life and rejoiced with her when things went well.  This book tells a great story about loyalty and perseverance, even in the face of huge obstacles.   If you like historical novels, don't miss this one.