Book Review: The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel

29003443Title: The Whiskey Sea

Author : Ann Howard Creel

Publisher : Brilliance Audio

Release date : August 23rd, 2016

Rating : 3.7/5

☯ Synopsis (from Goodreads) :

Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope grows up during Prohibition determined to make a better life for herself and her sister, Bea. The girls are taken in by a kindly fisherman named Silver, and Frieda begins to feel at home whenever she is on the water. When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husband for Frieda, she’s outraged. But Frieda manages to talk Sam into teaching her to repair boat engines instead, so she has a trade of her own and won’t have to marry.

Frieda quickly discovers that a mechanic’s wages won’t support Bea and Silver, so she joins a team of rumrunners, speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor. Frieda becomes swept up in the lucrative, risky work—and swept off her feet by a handsome Ivy Leaguer who’s in it just for fun.

As danger mounts and her own feelings threaten to drown her, can Frieda find her way back to solid ground—and to a love that will sustain her?

⚜ Review :

The air is warm, the couch is comfortable, the sun is shining, and I am currently in the mood for a nice, street-risky bike ride. That’s kind of how I felt while I was reading The Whiskey Sea.

Now, you might be asking yourself: Huh? Let me explain it to you. The Whiskey Sea, from the title to the plotlines, is a quietly brooding storm. Everything seems to be in their right place, everyone is going on their business, but you just know there’s a spark somewhere waiting to be ignited. And it does!

The setting of this book is in a coast town, but it isn’t the usual, quiet one we hear about. This is in the time of the Prohibition, liquor and money, pirates and rum runners, coastal fishing life and sea. Throughout my reading, I fully appreciated the historical details that the author put her mind into, the research she’s obviously had to do. Creel balances all of those hazardous elements in a captivating tale about two sisters, who fight to make a life of their own. I really liked Bea, and Frieda, and even Silver! The characters were interesting, fully developed, with their admirable qualities and their awful flaws. This is the first Ann Howard Creel book I’ve read, but from what I’ve seen of other reviews, she really has a talent for writing characters.

The novel was fast paced! It felt like an adventure, although it isn’t anything like The Hobbit or Red Rising. The combination of Prohibition and strong-willed women really mixed well in this case. The romance was an underlying theme; it wasn’t the cheesy, obvious kind some people would like to read. This one was all about struggles, and bitterness, but it wasn’t sad and unpleasant: it was actually quite fun to read, the interaction between the characters involved.

The Whiskey Sea was a read I expected to be great, and it didn’t disappoint me!


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