If you’re looking for your historical fiction to add an element of adventure or a touch of romance, look no further. Ann Howard Creel’s new novel does just that. I learned about the lengths people would go during Prohibition for extra money.
After her mother’s death when she was just a child, Frieda and her sister, Bea, were taken in by a fisherman, Silver, when they had nowhere else to go. He cared for them as if they were his own. When he loses the ability after a health crisis to take care of himself or the girls, Frieda is left to pick up the pieces to take care of him and pave a way for a better life for Bea.
As a trained boat mechanic, an opportunity presents itself to help the rumrunners make nightly boat trips for liquor to sell in town. As lucrative as it is, it’s extremely dangerous. Not only to be caught by the guard boats and arrested, but to be captured and killed by pirates.
The book started and hooked me right away, as I haven’t read anything before about rumrunners during Prohibition. I loved how Frieda was feisty and fought hard for what she wanted, unusual for these times. While other girls went to school to study to become nurses or teachers, she knew she was meant to work on the sea.
I thought the middle of the book got a little bogged down with a new romance that seemed out of character for her. But the ending also was a page turner.
For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, if you’re looking for a new-to-you subject, this is one to pick up. The adventure is enough to hold your interest.
About the author:
Ann Howard Creel is the author of ten published novels–four middle grade, three young adult, and three adult novels. Her children’s books have won numerous awards, and THE MAGIC OF ORDINARY DAYS was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for CBS.
Creel’s latest novel, THE WHISKEY SEA, a story about a female rumrunner, is available on Amazon as a Kindle book, paperback, audio book, and MP3 CD.
For more information, visit Ann’s website.
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