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About the Author

Allison Jewell lives in Southern Kentucky with her husband, two sons, and dog. When she isn't hard at work on her next novel, she can be found doing one of her favorite things: watching her older son chase the puck at the local hockey rink, hanging out at home listening to records with her husband, or making up silly songs with her younger son. Allison was an elementary school teacher and education consultant before becoming a writer. 


Allison is author of the Shine On series. The reading order of the Shine On Series is listed below.
Shine On
Rise & Shine
Come Rain or Shine
Let It Shine

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Product Details

  • Series: Shine On
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: J.L. Publishing (April 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615810594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615810591
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From start to finish I was hooked into Emmie's journey! This is well written and the historical backdrop added to an amazing plot. It was a page turner as the plot thickened and I could not stop reading!! It left me wanting to know more about Emmie and Silas. Characters are so richly developed and the detail to the 20's and moonshine in Kentucky was wonderful! I was thrilled to see there will be a sequel!! I just don't know if I can wait until then!
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I read this book in record time. From the. Very beginning I was hooked, and had to follow the characters through this journey. I can't remember the last book read that had me reading it when it wasn't even convienent to do so. I caught myself thinking these characters were real. Even after I finished Shine On I felt so encompassed in their lives I completlyI forgot this book was fiction. The only bad thing about this book, is that it ended... What a relief there is another on the way!!
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It's taken me two weeks to write this review because I couldn't put into words how wonderful it is. I bought the book and started reading it at bedtime. I stayed up all night reading because I just. couldn't. put. it. down. Amazing character development? Check. Comedy? Check. That sleazy character that you just can't stand? He's there! I cannot wait for Rise & Shine and to continue reading about Emmie, Silas, and all their friends. This is definitely a must read!!
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I read this book because of the very good reviews published on amazon.com : rich and very real characters, a page turner, interesting historical background...The book description explains that Emmie's sole purpose in life was taking care of her moonshine loving step-father and we also learn that Allison Jewell, the author, lives in southern Kentucky with her husband, two sons, and dog. The photo on the paperback cover shows a young woman with rather fair hair. 21312121
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...
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I enjoyed this book. The setting was unique to me, that of moonshine stills and speakeasies. I don't know much about them, but the book rang true in describing the setting.

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.
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I Got so involved in this book, I honestly could not put it down. The characters were so real, the story flowed so smoothly, I felt so "there", in the Kentucky woods, walking into a cave, seeing the working still, great writing.
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Loveeeeeed the story and the characters go Silas and Emmie. Love Trick and Gabe too. Was not sure about the book to begin with as was set in the past but as soon as I started reading could not put down and knew it was a winner. Have downloaded book two and started straight away awesome author.
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I didn't find this novel nearly as wonderful as seemingly everyone else, as there were just too many holes in the story & character inconsistencies. Early 20s, and the dirt poor girl has a phone? And she's super smart, but she didn't think that her abusive, drunken stepfather could be into moonshining until months after his death? And then there's Silas - the "charmer" who thinks nothing of beating someone to a pulp.. but his soft heart wins Emmie over?

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.
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