Running rum during Prohibition, she ll risk her life and her heart.Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope is 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 on the water When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husbRunning rum during Prohibition, she ll risk her life and her heart.Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope is 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 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, and is lured into a money making team of rumrunners supplying alcohol to New York City speakeasies Speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor, Frieda gets 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
The Whiskey Sea Running rum during Prohibition she ll risk her life and her heart Motherless and destitute Frieda Hope is determined to make a better life for herself and her sister Bea The girls are taken in by a
This was one of those books I did not expect to enjoy nearly as much as I actually did always a very cool thing This novel drew me in from the beginning, and hooked me like a fish albeit a happily willing one caught in a net until the end The audio version was narrated and produced in great fashion, which added a significantly higher rating from me personally However, I do think I would have probably highly enjoyed the print version if I had been able to read it that way instead.I do not want to [...]
It is a special thrill as a reader when you are only a few chapters into a book and you know it will be one of your favorite reads of the year The Whiskey Sea is one of those special books for me.The book begins with a mysterious image of a woman who is in the water and fears drowning Then the story moves to 1908, when two young girls are orphaned after the sudden death of their mother They are taken in by a kindly fisherman, and settle into life in a fishing community in New Jersey The first fe [...]
I gave this book 3 stars because of the writing style and poetic descriptions the love of the sea and boats I am in the boating business and because the authors knowledge of boating and marine engines and the local terminology and vocab BUT here is the downside at first the lead character was a strong willed female who was stubborn, had dreams and was thinking outside the box about career choices I respected her but as the story trailed on.d on.d on that character became a whining pitiful sap I [...]
I received ARC from netgalley Set during the prohibition era, Frieda and Bea are left orphaned at an early age Their fathers are unknown and their mother is the town whore Silver, a kindly fisherman, takes them in and cares for them As an adult, Frieda goes rum running in an effort to earn money and put Bea through college I liked the story, showing Frieda able to do what it takes to take care of her family A solid 3 stars out of 5.
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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 SEATime 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 on [...]
Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.The Whiskey Sea marks my first experience with author Ann Howard Creel The premise captured my attention as I ve not read a lot of Prohibition era literature and saw a degree of promise in the idea of a woman engaging in the transport illegal liquor.Generally speaking, I feel that Creel capitalized on a lot of that promise Frieda Hope is a thought provoking protagonist and I liked the authenticity shown in her relationships with Silver and Bea [...]
I liked it but it wasn t quite what I thought it would be I thought there would be about prohibition and rum running but the historical context took a back seat to Freida and her internal conflict It was the story of a young woman struggling with adult responsibilities and trying to find both herself and her place in the world I was a little disappointed because I wanted the rum running to be a bigger part of the story.
This was our book club pick for April we wanted to choose a historical fiction title Unfortunately I did not enjoy this book It started out OK with a pretty good headstrong character in an interesting situation But the focus shifted from the story of a young woman trying to make her fortune bootlegging, to a predictable romance I was disappointed that the main character changed so much from the tough independent woman that she was to a simpering and naive girl who let a man treat her badly It wa [...]
This was a coming of age romance with a sprinkling of the prohibition era and life among the rum runners I enjoyed the segments on what I learned about the rum runners and will look for non fiction works on the subject 3 stars.
Mehetty standard historical fiction Nuff said.
I think that it was the rum running aspect of the story that saved this book from being a completely formulaic book, but even with those fun 20s touches, the author was unable to prevent a bit of a shipwreck.Summary complete with SPOILERS SPOILERS Outcast girl is raised by kind fatherly man who is no relation However, when she graduates he suddenly sells the boat she thought would become hers to a man called Hicks It turns out this is to get the money to send her to secretarial school and becaus [...]
The Whiskey Sea isn t a romance, but it is a story about a young woman discovering what love really is It s Frieda s story, a young woman who seems to be at war with life from even before the time she is orphaned when her mother, who had been making a living by selling herself, dies because of her lifestyle Frieda is tough, used to guarding herself against the cruelty of her classmates the rest of society, and fiercely determined that her angelic little sister Bea will have all the best life has [...]
The Whiskey Sea had my attention from the first few words This was a story of true love shown in many forms I wasn t aware of the rum runners of the 1920 s What a scary adventure Good book
I ve never read a book by Ann Howard Creel, but The Magic of Ordinary Days, the movie based on her book of the same title, is my all time favorite Hallmark movie I don t want to get too spoilery here, but this book, in the sense of relationship dynamics, plays out a lot like TMoOD The setting was completely different and the time period predates WWII, but it was a pretty good story I loved that it involved the sea, boats, and Prohibition That said, Creel isn t one for eewy, gooey romance at all, [...]
I enjoyed reading The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Crest The author s historical perspective of Prohibition was intriguing This was a time of rum runners , and transporting illegal liquor The setting takes place by the sea, where clammers and fishermen and their families live and work Freida and her sister Bea, who were orphaned live with Silver, a generous soul who has brought them up,as he clams and works on his boat His wishes are for them to get an education, and skills to work during this depr [...]
I really enjoyed this book.This is the second book I read from Ann Howard Creel this year, and I loved both books giving them both five stars the other book was While You Were Mine which was excellent IMO as well.The book was fast paced and exciting There was romance that wasn t all cheesy and cute it was kind of a sad romance, but fun to read.Also the author gives readers an Education on prohibition era, rum runners, and coastal fishing life in the 1920 s.I highly recommend this book
This captivating story takes place during the Prohibition and although it emits a chick lit undercurrent, there is plenty of action to be found Think of damp costal shores, clamming, rum running, speakeasies and the dangers of navigating inky waters to escape the Coast Guard.The pages are brimming with vivid descriptions and overall the characters are complex and well developed.An absorbing read fully worthy of 4.5 stars.
The Whiskey Sea is historically detailed, has the feel of an adventure, and features a good love story too I learned a lot about what went on during Prohibition and the climactic chase scene is one of the best edge of your seat scenes I ve read in a long long time I loved these characters Tell your friends to buy this book.
Beautiful story that makes you ask yourself, What would I have done I loved every minute of Frieda s journey This is than a love story, but the love element did move me I also appreciated the historical accuracy and the illumination of life in seashore towns during Prohibition Highly recommended.
Ugh, this had potential to be a good story The idea of rum running and prohibition is very interesting, but oh my god, the writing I am a believer in show, don t tell storytelling and all of the EXPLAINING so much explaining nearly drove me off a cliff.
4 The Whiskey Sea StarsI choose this book because of a recommendation and I am so glad I gave it a chance It is so very different from any book I have read, but also because of the era it was set in I am not a historical kind of girl and that s ok we all like what we like But this book didn t make me feel like I had no idea what they were talking about it was very well written, I got lost in the story Frieda was such a unique character I loved how she knew herself and made no apologise for it If [...]
A very nice romance novelI m not usually into romance novels but this one was than that It was about humanity, mistakes, forgiveness, and friendship I was entertained and impressed However, I think Ann Howard Creep missed her own lesson this book revealed Friendships are not based on the strengths each other has but standing together in each other s weaknesses Great read though.
I loved this book so much It told about a difficult time in history for women and it showed a woman s inner fortitude.This story had a great setting, great and interesting characters and an interesting plot.
Did not enjoy this It s slow and clunky the first half, then picks up for a bit before crashing into an extremely unsatisfactory ending which punishes all the characters except the one you dislike.
There s a lot to this book than meets the eyeI was very impressed with the storytelling ability of the author Every paragraph pulled you in further Character development is very rich.
I didn t expect to like this novel as much as I actually did The story is set during the Prohibition era and it has a lot of historical authenticity The novel captures you from thefirst impression While the storyline is predictable but bittersweet, it engages the reader and keeps your attention through the entire book It brings a completely different perspective on the Prohibition time that The Great Gatsby does, and i liked it Worth the read.
Having grown up along the central New Jersey coast, Frieda Hope has a personal relationship with the ocean When she goes out clamming with her foster father, the wind rushing through her hair, she feels alive and free For Frieda, the sea has healing qualities If she feels upset, the fury of its waves tempers her own, and in calmer times, it was as if some almighty power had smoothed her rough edges while leveling the surface of the sea with big, broad hands The sea is an energetic force, and Cre [...]
The Whiskey Sea by Ann Howard Creel is beautifully written, with characters who draw you into the story and a setting so vivid that you can feel the dampness of the sea against your skin and smell the salt air It spotlights an intriguing part of history that I hadn t ever really considered before now, and it does so from the perspective of a young woman though in third person who bucked against society s norms.I ve read several novels set during Prohibition on the East Coast, but they ve usually [...]