A Whirlwind of Emotions (5 Stars)
Into The Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden
Mollie Knox inherited her father’s business, the 57th Illinois Watch Company. She was no stranger to it, she was just as much an expert as the other employees, all of which were like family. They made the best, most expensive watches in the country and had an exclusive contract to sell them at Hartman’s in Chicago. Everything was going along fine, until October 8, 1871. Mollie had been asked downtown to talk with Hartman’s lawyer, Zack Kazmarek. She smelled smoke in the air, but didn’t think too much of it. But, this day and night turned into terror as the fire spread across the town. Zack, who had always been strictly business with her, was now fighting with her through the crowds to get to her apartment, to rescue her lawyer, who was blind. Together they battled, suffered, burned, coughed throughout the night trying to save everyone and everything they could.
This is a story of rebuilding after all is lost. Of not giving into fear, but pushing past it in order to get order back in their lives. A closeness was forged between people of all kinds during that fire, some would last a lifetime and others would be betrayed. There is romance, suspense, and even a little bit of humor in this book. It’s a book that you will be immediately drawn into and will not want to put down.
This is a Christian novel, but it’s not “preachy” like I’ve heard other reviewers of Christian fiction complain about. This novel weaves their faith through their lives like a breath, sometimes hard to catch, sometimes the breath gets knocked out of them, but like breathing, it comes back to a regular flow eventually for them. One verse that comes to mind after finishing this book is “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group & Bethany House for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Let’s Get To Know Elizabeth:
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.
Read an Excerpt:
I will be donating this book to the Media Center. And for those of you who live around the Athens area and don’t come to our church, I was at the Carpenter’s Shop on Tuesday (their first day) and saw they had two copies of this book. Brian told me that all Christian fiction will be 20% off. They have a great store and are still getting everything moved in. Open House will be in a few weeks.