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.
In the tumult as the people of Chicago race to rebuild a bigger and better city, Mollie comes face-to-face with the full force of Zack’s character and influence. Zack believes this may finally be his chance to win her, but can Mollie ever accept this man and his whirlwind effect on her life, especially with her treasured company on the line?
Ms. Camden provides such a fresh outlook for historical romances and when I heard this one was about the Chicago fire (yes, I am a Chicagoan) I was very excited to read it. Her characters are rich and interesting and the book is page-turning. But I had just one problem, which I will get to in a second.
First off, when I read a novel by Ms. Camden, I tell myself be ready for the unexpected. In this novel, it was Zack. Loved Zack. I cannot think of better qualities in a hero that what Zack had. From the first few pages of his introduction until the last page of the novel I loved Zack. I think he is Ms. Camden’s best hero (yes, even rivaling Bane). His love for Mollie knows no bounds and the way he is willing to sacrifice for her again and again unsure of any payoff is just amazing. And therein lies the problem. Because I did not like Mollie.
When an author creates an amazing hero, the heroine had better deserve him. I don’t think Mollie did. Time and time again, I found myself asking Zack what on earth he saw in this woman. There was more than one scene where she said something to Zack and I wanted to say leave my man alone! It’s not that I did not see where she was coming from, it’s just that Zack was so amazing and Mollie was not. And then a love triangle was tossed in and I was like what is so great about Mollie!
Historically, the novel was rich. You will learn about so much more than the Chicago Fire and not even realize it.
Spiritually, the main characters were Christians and they prayed. There is even a secondary character that is encouraged to turn to the Lord since he is so fearful, but otherwise, the novel is a bit light on spiritual things.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel. I kept telling myself to put it down and go to sleep. But I had to turn just one more page! Furthermore, I dare you to read this and not fall in love with Zack.
** I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**
Romantic Scale: 9