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Shine On Paperback – April 24, 2013
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About the Author
Allison is author of the Shine On series. The reading order of the Shine On Series is listed below.
Rise & Shine
Come Rain or Shine
Let It Shine
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Top Customer Reviews
I must say that I read the book with pleasure : the plot is good, the characters nice even if rather predictable, the historical background, interesting as it's the first time I read a book set in this period.3
However, I'm quite disappointed with the publisher and Miss Jewell. It doesn'ts seem they care very much about their readers...
First, the stepfather was not loving but a drunk who abused mother and daughter... Second, one can suppose the cover shows the photo of the heroine....except that she is not fair-haired but described with ebony hair ( chapters 21 and 45).
Third, Miss Jewell is said to have a dog... Weird... Because she doesn't seem to know much about their life hope....Chapter 3, whe learn that when Emmie was 5, she was given a pup instead of the baby brother she wanted. At the time of the novel, she is 21 (chapter 19). So, her dog is 16 - which is quite old if you consider that the average dog age is 13. Nevertheless, he doesn't show any sign of old age and is quite full of energy for such an old dog.
Fourth, the novel takes place in 1924. In that time, about 10% of the people in the US owned a telephone. Whe can only imagine they were the richest. I can't see how Emmie or her family could have had one, given their financial problems.... Same thing for Walter...Read more ›
Technically, the book was well-written and edited. The dialogue was realistic, and the storyline flowed well.
If I do have a couple of small critiques, they are that in my opinion, there was a bit of dramatic over-reaction at times by some characters, particularly Silas, and that there didn't seem to be consequences for Silas assaulting some individuals. These were minor points, though, as the protagonist was a very believable and likable character, and others, such as Walter, were irascible without becoming cartoonish.
Overall, this was a quick, fun read, and I recommend it to others.
You can argue all you want about family legacies and shine recipes, but I don't love it when main characters are clearly on the wrong side of the law (and Silas isn't even involved in the actual brewing, so he couldn't use that defense regardless). The writing wasn't terrible, but sloppy and uneven at times (and also using words that weren't appropriate to the time period, such as "snarky") and I simply don't care enough about these characters to push through another novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the story line to keep me guessing and it did that quite well. Will keep this author in mindPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is an interesting series. The author held my interest the entire time. I noted above there was "some violence", however, very little and it was definitely not graphic.Published 8 months ago by Joice Snow
Interesting plot and compelling characters. I don't know that I'll buy the sequel though.Published 9 months ago by Cheryl
Great book kept my interest ,would recommend this book to everyone. Hard to put this book down it was so well written.Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Great story about "moonshine" making during Prohibition. Didn't realize how whole communities were involved in the process of making and distribution of "shine".Published 11 months ago by Peggy Gates