Ever since Mistaken’s release, I’ve heard nothing but good things. It’s been on my to read list for a while now, so lucky me, I finally was able to read the latest by Karen Barnett.
Since booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. Convinced that handsome newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother’s rum-running gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. Daniel has mixed feelings about returning to the dirty mill town of his youth, but grudgingly agrees to manage his grandfather’s drug store until a replacement can be found. The moment he meets Laurie on the windswept bluff overlooking the beach, he knows that if he can earn her love, he might have a reason to stay. But when Laurie pushes him away–for none other than Federal Agent Samuel Brown–Daniel wonders if Laurie really is the upstanding woman he thought her to be. The Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the beaches of Port Angeles, Washington, was treacherous water for reckless rum-runners—and the agents who tried to catch them. So when she realizes her brother is in danger, romance is the last thing on Laurie’s mind. Yet the people she believes she can trust, may not be so honorable after all.
First, I love this time period. I have a strange fascination with the beginning of the mafia, so I’m always up for reading about anything with Prohibition. How those laws changed America is so intriguing and when it’s a good story? That’s the a bonus!
When you’re the reader and know, for the most part, all that’s going on, it can be easy to have a storyline that’s frustrating because you can’t enjoy the mishaps and misunderstandings of the characters. Does that make sense? Not the case with this book though! All the credit goes to Barnett because she was able to create realistic reasons and happenings where you understood why the characters thought certain things about other characters. I actually kind of got a chuckle out of it…silly characters you shall be shocked.
Overall, I enjoyed this read. I liked the antagonist (not the character, but that he was so good at being an antagonist) and the other people as well. The brother got on my nerves a teeny bit, but by the end, we worked out our issues. I liked that about the characters – they weren’t perfect, which made them more believable and real.
If you’re looking for an entertaining historical read, I do suggest this one. Have you read it? What are your thoughts? And am I the only one intrigued by the mafia??