Saturday, August 3, 2013

*Into the Whirlwind*

Into the Whirlwind

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.
I decided to become a librarian because I can think of no other career in which you get such a wide exposure to all aspects of recorded knowledge. I have been an academic librarian for fifteen years, where on any given day I get to research the sonnets of Shakespeare, learn what makes pelican feathers pink, or compile demographic statistics for starting a new company.
I married relatively late in life, which turned out to be an odd kind of blessing. I had gotten very good at leading a solo life, and although I was not particularly content being alone, I had become reconciled to it. Then when I was in my mid-thirties and just a few weeks after buying my first house, I met the man I was meant to spend the rest of my life with. My years as a single woman taught me many things. I learned to be independent and resilient. I learned how to manage my investments, earn and save enough money to have investments, mow my own lawn, fix the rickety appliances in my sixty-year old house, and spend the holidays on my own when travel to family was not possible. Most importantly, it taught me never to take my husband for granted. I give daily thanks for the blessing of being able to share a life with my favorite person on the planet.
As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.

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