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What it's about (from publisher Abingdon Press):
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, Wash., 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.
Why you should read it: The lushly authentic setting pulled me into the characters' lives from page one. The way the author included period details flowed through the story naturally without leaving the slightest trace of that "history-lesson-masquerading-as-a-novel" taste in my mouth. Instead, riding along in the Model T with Laurie Burke was a little like peeking into my grandmother's scrapbook while simultaneously reading a diary from her single days — or perhaps like watching a more romantic, West Coast twist of that classic Kevin Costner/Sean Connery/Robert De Niro film The Untouchables ... with a little bit of Pride & Prejudice and Prohibition mixed in for good measure. *winks*
Barnett deftly threads a sweet, timeless romance through a tale of Prohibition-era suspense. Mistaken should not be missed.
(originally appeared at USA Today's Happy Ever After blog)STORY: 4.75 stars
CONTENT: rated EDGY for inspirational romance