About the Book
Gathering Storm by Sherilyn Decter
Publication Date: February 29, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 433 Pages
Series: Rum Runners’ Chronicles, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction
She left criminal life behind. Will her new business venture send her to sleep with the fishes?
Florida Coast, 1932. Edith Duffy might be grieving her gangster husband’s death, but she’s no damsel in distress. Leaving the sordid world of Philadelphia bootlegging, she settles in a small town outside Miami and buys a speakeasy. But when she launches a lucrative rum-running operation, indignant locals conspire to destroy her.
Edith lands squarely back in gangland culture, with a Bible-thumping preacher campaigning to shut her down and smugglers resentful of her skill. And now she must forge alliances and make unlikely allies just to survive. Luckily, her mentor is none other than the wife of the notorious Al Capone.
Will Edith’s fondness for underworld profits lead her to a dead end?
Gathering Storm is the first book in the Rum Runners’ Chronicles, a fast-paced historical women’s fiction trilogy. If you like atmospheric settings, mob stories, and independent heroines, then youíll love Sherilyn Decterís Prohibition-era adventure.
I have to admit I wasn’t sure just how much I would like this story, but I’m glad I gave it a shot! I really like Westerns so I figured a bootlegging story would intrigue me. And by golly it did! It was just such a wild adventure from the start. Plus it’s women centric, so I am obviously here for that!
Gathering Storm is the first book in the Rum Runners’ Chronicles and it is an amazing start to what I’m going to assume will be an amazing series. I haven’t really read many… if any… gangster themed books so this was a really exciting story for me to check out! I think I was extra in love with the story because it was the women calling the shots and running the show. I liked the idea behind the bootlegging/smuggling operations, it was perfect for a book set in this time period and actually made me realize that while I’ve read a bunch of books set in the 20s I haven’t really read many set in the 30s. And they were an equally interesting time period, even if the flapper craze wasn’t in full swing.
I really enjoyed all of the characters and all of their little quirks. This was a time of being cold-hearted and ruthless yet still being able to have fun. It’s such a weird combination of personality and I find it really interesting. I think what I liked best about this book is that I actually don’t know a lot about the time period, so it served as a mini history lesson for me as well. Overall this was a highly enjoyable read that I am glad I took a chance on. I mean, what isn’t more enjoyable than gangsters and smugglers?
About the Author
Sherilyn Decter is a writer, researcher, and lover of historical fiction. Her work is set in the Roaring Twenties and if you like feisty and determined heroines, complex cover-ups, Prohibition stories about criminal underworlds, police and political corruption, then you’re going to love Sherilynís grand gangster tales.
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