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I will buy one of this author's books before even reading the back cover blurb. So when the opportunity came to review Into The Whirlwind, I rushed to choose it. I mean, come on, look at the cover!
I've never studied the Chicago Fire--or watchmaking-- but this story thrusts you into history. Action begins on the first page with a preview of a scene that occurs not long after. The plot is unique, unlike anything I've read. Including the romantic aspect. I admit, I didn't love how hurried that part seemed in the beginning. . .then it dwindled. I wouldn't want to spoil anything though.
For me, this one didn't grab me, force me to keep turning the pages. That's part of the reason I took longer to read it. I would read a couple of chapters, set it aside for a little while.
Don't misunderstand--your experience reading it may be different. And I still enjoyed the plot.
A plus was that I did not guess the ending.
Mollie Knox, the heroine, frustrated me. Some of her choices, I didn't understand. I found myself thinking, "What? Why are you doing, saying, etc. that?" It felt almost like a tactic to lengthen the book. I appreciated her loyalty to her company though, and her treatment and thoughts of Sophie were comical.
Zack Kazmarek, on the other hand, was my type of hero because he knew what he wanted and he worked for it. Even when slighted--harshly!
I can't say much more without ruining the story, but I recommend you read it if you like historicals. Not my favorite, but I'll certainly look for the next one by this author.
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.
As the people of Chicago race to rebuild, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack's influence. Zack believes this may be his chance to win her, but can Mollie ever accept this man and his whirlwind effects on her life, especially with her treasured company on the line?
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.