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The Whiskey Tide [Kindle Edition]

M. Ruth Myers
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Book Description

At the height of Prohibition three sisters in a proper Massachusetts family begin smuggling whiskey from Canada in a desperate bid to keep their newly widowed mother and invalid brother in the family home. The novice rum-runners use the only vessel available to them, the family pleasure schooner.

Kate, the bookworm, hatches the plan, sacrificing her last year at Wellesley to make every grueling and dangerous trip. Rosalie risks her engagement to a clergyman to help on the home front – and tends Kate’s gunshot wound from rum-pirates. Aggie, a dazzling flapper hungry for adventure, uses the undertaking to catch the eye of a man she doesn’t realize is a vicious killer.

Kate’s courage in the face of storms, crooks on both sides of the law, and the treacherous tides of the Bay of Fundy changes her view of the world. It also changes the lives of those around her. Joe, the teasing Portuguese-Irish fisherman she hires to captain Pa’s Folly earns money enough to provide previously unimagined help to his poor but close-knit family — but must bear the secret burden of falling in love with Kate. A wealthy old woman dying of loneliness in her cliff-top mansion finds reasons to live. Even Kate’s cousin, shattered in body and spirit by his service in The Great War, is caught in the ripples.

Kate and Aggie’s every success makes their enemies more determined to ruin them. Their gentle cousin becomes an unwitting pawn in a deadly game. The meeting of minds between Kate and Joe, and the mutual attraction they try to deny, forces each to confront the social chasm between them, and the cost of a romance they dare not begin.

THE WHISKEY TIDE is a sweeping historical saga of family ties that bind and chafe and sometimes fray, of adventure and courage, and of new horizons glimpsed in the dark of the moon.

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  • File Size: 632 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tuesday House (March 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whiskey Tide Swept Me Away March 21, 2013
By J Hague
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THE WHISKEY TIDE swept me away. I sailed back to the 1920s and the daredevil antics of rum-runners who traveled by night through international waters to bring Canadian booze to the alcohol-starved U.S. Heroine Kate Hinshaw navigates these tides with intelligence and single-minded purpose; most of all, she sets a true course toward duty and love.

Ultimately, this story is about FAMILY: its oddities, its endearments, its commitments, its bonds. Against the backdrop of Prohibition, relationships form, love evolves, and hatred unfolds.

THE WHISKEY TIDE flows with multi-layered portraits of complex relationships ... goodness and villainy.

It is a story for today.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whiskey Tide is great entertainment! March 21, 2013
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This novel is so perfect! Everything is here--plot and subplots that seem unrelated and then are expertly twisted together; characters with depth; settings that make you feel the chill of the sea and the atmosphere of the homes; historical depictions of life during Prohibition--all told with the "can't put it down" expertise we've come to expect from M. Ruth Myers.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wimmen and Whiskey March 21, 2013
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This is a great story, nicely done, that sweeps the reader along. It's an interesting slant on a particularly not sterling time in U.S. history. That chaste and protected young women would resort to being whiskey smugglers during Prohibition isn't all that unbelievable considering the cultural, legal and societal constraints of the time. The book is peopled by well-drawn and not-too-perfect characters. The range of characters' emotions and relationships are believable, as well. This is a nifty work of historical fiction.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I have loved all the books by Myers I have read so far, but The Whiskey Tide just might be my favorite. This historical romantic suspense novel set in the early 1920s was completely satisfying on all levels. Myers provides a beautifully layered view of the period, the way that WWI affected the men who served and lived to return, the continuing divisions in American society based on class, ethnicity, and gender, and the way Prohibition provided opportunities for both economic advancement and corruption.

But all this wonderful historical information is skillfully and almost invisibly woven into the story of three sisters and their efforts to save their family from economic ruin. There is Kate, the middle sister and main protagonist, who represents the college-educated girl of the period who is forced out of her ivory tower to embrace all that life can offer a woman who challenges conventions, Rosalie, the older sister, who demonstrates that even a woman who embraces the traditional role of wife and mother can make a difference, and Agnes, the youngest sister, a flapper who learns the dangers of living a life of selfish hedonism and comes to understand she deserves better for herself.

The story itself is one of intense romance and heart-thumping suspense, as Kate risks life and reputation to become a rum-runner in order to save her family home. Her companion in this enterprise is Joe Santanya, a man torn between his deep love and affection for his family, both his Irish Aunties and his extended family of Italian fishermen, and his desire for a different future for himself. In their smuggling trips between Salem and Canada, Kate and Joe face deadly weather, gun-toting gangsters, a conniving uncle, and an attraction that may be the greatest danger of all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Gift of All September 1, 2013
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I mostly read free Kindle books, and find most of them to be okay, but nothing special. This one is something SPECIAL. The writing is addictive...I read almost all night, something very unusual for me, and wouldn't have quit then if my Kindle's battery had not been drained dry. Ms. Myers combines history, mystery, and an intriguing love story with a deep look at various family relationships, all handled with a deft, sure touch. She has given this reading fanatic the best gift of all: a wonderful new author to follow!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story July 21, 2013
By Filnfan
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The characters are interesting and well developed - so real that I truly cared what happened to them. The story is different, focusing on the Prohibition era. A sensitive portrayal of the people of the time period in a way that made social issues of the period easily understandable to modern readers. I recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT book! July 14, 2013
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While I like the Maggie Sullivan mysteries, this novel by M. Ruth Myers is riveting to the point where I hated to put it down! Great storytelling, characters who draw you in, drama and action to make you hold your breath, humor to make you smile and laugh, and a trip back to the 1920s and the years of Prohibition. And all well written. Loved it!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So so read August 18, 2013
By Cynabon
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It took me awhile to get into this book. I almost quit several times, but it finally caught my interest. I didn't find there to be any particular depth to the story or the characters. I thought the time period and the theme were interesting, but it was not delivered especially well. Towards the end, it seemed like the author thought: "Oh my gosh! I have to get this book to the publisher soon!" The end was fairly abrupt with some aspects of the story. I think the author could have done so much more with this story and really drawn us into the characters. I could easily see this as having a sequel if the characters and relationship had been more fully developed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great historical story with a touch of drama and romance.
Loved the historical aspect of this story. The main character is a strong woman who does what she must to help her family survive a few the death of her father.
Published 6 days ago by L Hogue
4.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted adventure & romance
Enjoyable adventures by a young woman stepping outside the accepted gender norms of her time let me reading.
Published 13 days ago by Carla D. Vauthrin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a little bit of all the essential elements that make a book hold my interest: mystery,suspense & romance. Read more
Published 23 days ago by AB from TX
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual romance.
I'd read the first two Maggie Sullivan novels and a stand alone so thought this would be similar. The only similarities are that the women are strong or becoming so. Read more
Published 24 days ago by S. Sarabasha
5.0 out of 5 stars whiskey tide
I loved the fact this was done for her family. This book will keep one on their toes, and keep one from becoming disinterested. This is a must read BOOK.
Published 1 month ago by Darlene Daughtrey
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading with good story
The enjoyed this light reading fictional book. It kept my interest and I picked it up daily for read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sandi edstrom
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed It
I enjoyed this book a lot.The story was good ,historically,with just the right amount of romance potential! I'd recommend it.
Published 1 month ago by Renee Jansson
4.0 out of 5 stars Rum Running!
A really good book taking place during prohibition. The characters were believable and the author was true to the period of the 1920's. The book held my interest until the end.
Published 1 month ago by Granny
5.0 out of 5 stars Prohibition in Massachusetts
This was an enjoyable story in that I grew up in that area. It was well-written and researched well to show what people were like at that time - the haves and havenots.
Published 1 month ago by NanaJudy
Family loyalty, family solidarity, family betrayal, rum runners and ladies teas, class barriers, gender strictures and kicking over the strictures. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Wilson
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More About the Author

Novels by M. Ruth Myers have been translated into several foreign languages, used in college classes on popular fiction, optioned for film and condensed in Good Housekeeping. In 2011 her Maggie Sullivan mystery series, featuring a female private eye in the 1930s-40s, debuted with NO GAME FOR A DAME.

A native of Missouri, Myers spent ten of her growing-up years in Cheyenne, Wyoming. After earning a Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Missouri J-School she worked as a reporter and feature writer on daily papers in Saginaw, Michigan, and Dayton, Ohio.

When not writing, Myers enjoys reading (mostly mystery-suspense) or playing Irish traditional music on the button accordion and Anglo concertina. She and her husband live in Ohio. They have one grown daughter.

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