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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?
©2016 Ann Howard Creel (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 02-08-17

Looking For What Just Might Be All Around You

The daughter of the town's prostitute, Frieda is haunted and determined. This is a fine story of one young woman who can never have enough; it's never safe, she always needs to make more. After all, her little sister is a smart, loving girl/young woman who has needs but can be flighty, and their beloved "caretaker", Silver--perhaps the only man in town who never made use of their mother--is crippled and ailing from a stroke, needing care, dying a little more each day.
Enter rum running, where Frieda's skills make her one of the most dependable and durable of mechanics. Here she finds solidarity, excitement and most of all, money. And soon, a love that turns her into someone she doesn't recognize.
"The Whiskey Sea" is a well-written story, redolent with the fragrances of the past, the mechanics and societal norms of Prohibition and poverty (if you don't get in on the action). It's a story about love, security, and finding forgiveness in your heart for all of that which haunts you. It's about letting go and letting love in.
Angela Dawe narrates very well, never making her male characters caricatures, and suffusing the text with energy and excitement. It's a short story, only 8+ hours, but it's sweet without being precious, and touching without being a ploy-filled tearjerker. I really enjoyed this story about the sea and history, about sisters and friends, about finding the love and steadiness that surrounds us all.

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4 out of 5 stars
By LilRedHog on 12-21-16

Too Bittersweet

Good historical fiction, great explanation of town and heroine's struggles with circumstances. Beautiful imagery. Annoying choices made by characters with obvious results, bittersweet ending in wrapping up all story lines that reader sees coming, and leaves you unhappy.

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