Author: Karen Barnett
Publisher: Abingdon Press
My eyes feel like sandpaper grains are in them, but what a way to spend the day! Curling up with this novel by Karen Barnett was pure ecstasy from beginning to end! The time frame is during the prohibition when alcohol could only be obtained for medicinal purposes. Ray Burke is given it via a prescription from his doctor for shoulder pain he battles. However, after losing his wife, Ray quickly loses control of his life from providing for his daughter Laurie to being abusive with his son.
Now Laurie’s older brother Johnny has taken to rum running. Why does he do so when he has a steady job at the mill? The town’s local pharmacist’s grandson Daniel has returned to the area to help run the local store. Daniel though battled the demons of his past in Seattle privately. In time, Laurie and Daniel fall in love, but Laurie also has another man named Samuel who is pursuing her affections constantly.
A G-man, pharmacist, prohibition and then add seduction, scandal, romance plus faith and what comes out is a novel that will keep you turning pages like me! It would seem like I could envision the next scene, but then came twists and turns in a plot that heightened the suspense. It is really an enjoyable captivating book that will be a favorite of mine for years to come.
Laurie’s man issue is that all the men in her life have failed, in her view, to take care of their issues. Ray has to come to terms with being a drunk and wanting to get better, but will he? Is Samuel the government agent here to bust up a small town operation or something more? Will Daniel ever find the courage to face his past with hope and courage?
The main theme is giving and receiving forgiveness because all have sinned before God. Characters in the writing reflect the truth that we all have the choice as to whether to trust the Lord or try and take care of life without Him. A part of the theme too is whether trusting God is the real answer or trusting in people as an anchor when the tumults of life hit us. I saw too where allowing our loved ones to make their own choices is so hard because of the pain we incur and our loved ones as well.
With winter coming on the heels of fall soon, this is a great tale to curl up with and get lost in when the snow flies. Of course, if you are anything like me, I wouldn’t be able to wait. I would grab one to read now and then give one has a Christmas present! Okay, maybe more than one!
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