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Monday, September 23, 2013
11:57 am edt
Mine a Double
When the Volstead Act went into effect in January, 1920, it
sparked a whole new industry—one of bootleggers, rum runners, and speakeasies. Not to mention it fueled the rise of
"gangstas" and marked the beginning of one of the most exciting eras in our American history—The Roarin' Twenties.
Although he was only a youngster at the time, my father had fond memories of his teenage years living in a small New
York village. He would often regale us with stories of the men in dark suits who collected weekly "donations" from
shop-keepers, and the side alley entrances to buildings that were frequented at night. I won't question whether any or all
of his tales were true, but I know that if he were alive today, he would have thoroughly enjoyed reading The Whiskey Tide by M. Ruth Myers, a prolific storyteller in her own right.
I spent an enjoyable two evenings plying the eastern seaboard with its main protagonist, socialite Kate Hinshaw, as
she defied the law and her own inner nature to smuggled cases of "the good stuff" into the country from Canada—all
for the sake of saving her family from poverty. Of course, there is a love interest, as well as some interesting characters,
in the true sense of the word; some downright nasty, others rather quite charming.
My review is posted on www.authorexposure.com. Please take the time to visit the site and read it. I guarantee
you will enjoy the read.
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J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is
an author, poet, and librettist. Her currenty published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations,
volumes of poetry, stories
for children (of all ages) and
a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of
Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World
Rainbow in the Sky
of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A
Collection of More Spiritual Poems
We Three Kings
Beauty and the Beast
Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding
Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She
is currently working on her fifth novel.