“Could love reawaken an almost-dead man and save two young lives? He wanted that now as he’d never wanted anything before.”
THE WHISKEY SEA
Time: 1920’s Prohibition in the black waters off New Jersey’s Sandy Hook peninsula:
In THE WHISKEY SEA (Lake Union Publishing) by Ann Howard Creel, Frieda’s five and her baby sister, Beatrice, or Bea as they called her, is nearly a year-old when their mother, Della Hope, the town whore dies. Everybody knew of Della and most of the men had relations with her, but no one wants to step up and take care of her little girls. But Silver, one of the local clammers has a change of heart and decides he isn’t going to let either one of those girls go the way of their mother. He’s going to do the right thing for the first time in his life.
Once Frieda graduates from high school, Silver expects her to go to secretary school and get married. She refuses both, expecting to take over his fishing business, not knowing he’s sold the boat to Sam Hicks, who Silver has picked out to be Frieda’s husband. Frieda doesn’t receive the news well, wanting to learn a trade and work on the sea. Sam reluctantly teaches her to become a boat engine mechanic. Soon Silver is sick and in need of a nurse and Bea is old enough for college, and a mechanics paycheck doesn’t cover the bills.
She finds out there’s lots of money to be made as a rumrunner, speeding into dangerous water transporting illegal liquor and one of the top boats needs a top mechanic. The job is hers if she’s up for the danger of rough seas, possibly being captured, sent to prison or even killed.
Well, Frieda doesn’t get killed as a rumrunner, but she meets Charles, a Princeton/Harvard boy who might as well … I’m not going to give the whole story away. This is a romantic story set in the 1920’s and love is love anytime you put two lovers together.
I fell in love with Ann Howard Creel’s writing previously in her novel, WHILE YOU WERE MINE, where in 1940s New York City, we met nurse Gwen Mulligan who cared for an abandoned baby for nearly a year, only to have the parents show up and want her back.
Ann is able to create the historical time and place so authentically and beautifully that you automatically fall into the era. I’ve come to fully appreciate her talent for writing fully developed characters that are able to do good, but are real and flawed, as well.
“I know you won’t believe this right now, and it might not ever be over, but it will get more bearable.”
THE WHISKEY SEA
About Ann Howard Creel
Ann Howard Creel was born in Austin, Texas, and worked as a registered nurse before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of numerous children’s and young adult books as well as fiction for adults. Her children’s books have won several awards, and her novel THE MAGIC of ORDINARY DAYS was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for CBS. Creel currently lives and writes in Chicago. For more information about Ann’s work, check her out on facebook or visit her website www.annhowardcreel.com
Thanks to TLC Book Tours www.tlcbooktours.com and Lake Union Publishers, we have one copy of THE WHISKEY SEA to giveaway. The Labor Day Holiday is coming up, any plans? We’d love to hear them. We’ll announce a winner on Labor Day, Monday, September 5th. Good Luck! Have a wonderful weekend.