Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden (Three Stars)

Into the Whirlwind by Elizabeth Camden

(Three Stars out of Five)

Excellent. This is what historical fiction should be like. Set during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Camden got both the history, and the feel of the era right. Strong, but believable–especially in context–female lead. Plenty of conflict and growth.

(Don’t recall any battles late in the American Civil War where the Union forces were threatened as much as the Battle of Winston Cliff is presented. That’s okay, Northern units faced–and met–that sort of challenge often in 1862 and 1863.)

One quibble: (Spoiler) After presenting the heroine, and the reader, with two realistic, but not quite perfect men vying for Mollie’s hand, Camden makes it too easy by having one of them take a superficially nasty turn. Not unbelievable so much as contrived.

Even with that, it’s a very good read.