Into the Whirlwind is a really engrossing (and for me, surprising) novel!!!
This is my first book by Elizabeth Camden, so I didn't know what to expect,
but *you* can expect that it won't be my last!
I would never have thought that I would devour this book in one day,
that I would feel like I was right in the middle of history unfolding as I read about
the Great Chicago Fire, that I would learn so much and enjoy the story so heartily.
The leading lady in Into the Whirlwind is a steady, brave woman named Mollie Knox.
Her mind, trained on logic, and her God-given gift of business acumen have kept her father's company running for years after he passed away.
Mollie's love of order and numbers is paired with such a deep care
for her employees, who are Civil War veterans from her father's regiment,
most of them wounded in one way or another, from the war.
Miss Knox and her employees share a bone-deep love of artistry: precision beauty made out of tiny metal parts, painstakingly fashioned components, each one labored over, pieced together into one of the most expensive watches in America.
Together, they are committed to the 57th Illinois Watch Company.
I never guessed how interesting the story of one determined woman watchmaker would be,
as she fights to rebuild her company after the fire, fights to keep ahead of the era of factory mechanization, fights to shepherd and guard the wounded veterans who work with her, and tries to discern what choices she should make for her future of life and love.
Five stars to Into the Whirlwind!
I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.