The novel I read was called Into the Whirlwind and was written by Elizabeth Camden. I have never heard of this author, but it sounded like it would be a nice historical romance. It centers around the Great Chicago Fire and Mollie Knox, owner of the 57th Illinois Watch Company, as she struggles to survive and then rebuild both her life and her business. Zack Kazmarek, a powerful lawyer for the department store buying the 57th's watches, has been secretly captivated by Mollie for three years. The two are thrown together through the fire, forming a unique bond through devastation and tragedy, but with his questionable business dealings, Mollie is not sure that she can ever fully trust him.
The author did a fantastic job recreating such an historic event. It gave you a sense of what it must have really been like and the small details and minor characters put into perspective the wide reach of this tragedy. The romance angle of the plot was very well done as well. There were twists and turns and as the characters struggled with their feelings it reminded me very much of a Jane Austen novel. The only downside to the book was that the action really climaxed early in the novel, so it seemed like it was a very long, drawn-out story. The Christian content was very minimal, so it wasn't a faith-building novel, but more for entertainment. Still, I would highly recommend this book because the romance and history were very well done.
(I received this book as a gift from the publisher, Bethany House, for the purpose of writing a review. The opinions are my own.)