Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel

Unabridged Audio Version
I listened to the unabridged audio version of The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel and narrated by Angela Dawe

Listening time for The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel is 8 hours, 40 minutes.

I really enjoy reading historical fiction novels. So when I saw the cover for The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel, read what the novel was about, and saw there was 1900+ (mainly glowing) reviews on Amazon for The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel, I knew that I wanted to read it!! And did I mention I love the cover for this novel?? Well I do! 

The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel is set during the Prohibition Era on the eastern sea coast community of Sandy Hook. I love the main character of Freida Hope. Frieda and her younger sister, Bea, are left as orphans when their prostitute mother dies due to ill health. Both young girls are taken in by kindly fisherman named Silver, who becomes their only parent and father figure. 

Frieda Hope is a strong, independent female character who doesn't want to follow traditional female roles and become a secretary after high school until she marries a man. Instead, she wants to own her own boat and have her own a clamming business. But that dream dies when Silver sells his boat to another man leaving Frieda fuming and trying to decide what to do for work to become financially independent. Frieda apprentices as a boat mechanic and turns into a really good mechanic... But when she hears how much money rumrunners make for bringing in illegal alcohol, the lure of easy money to help take care of Silver after his stroke and her younger sister, Frieda doesn't hesitate to partake in this illegal activity. 

Lots of things happen when Frieda starts  rumrunning that make The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel an interesting read. I liked this story a lot, even if it wasn't a perfect one... A few minor things could have been answered that weren't in this novel. But mainly it was a wonderful novel that I enjoyed immensely. 

Additionally, I thought Angela Dawe made an excellent narrator for The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel.

The following is a plot summary for The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel from Amazon:
Running rum during Prohibition, she’ll risk her life—and her heart.
Motherless and destitute, Frieda Hope is determined to make a better life for herself and her sister, Bea. The girls are taken in by a kindly fisherman named Silver, and Frieda begins to feel at home on the water. When Silver sells his fishing boat to WWI veteran Sam Hicks, thinking Sam would be a fine husband for Frieda, she’s outraged. But Frieda manages to talk Sam into teaching her to repair boat engines instead, so she has a trade of her own and won’t have to marry.
Frieda quickly discovers that a mechanic’s wages won’t support Bea and Silver, and is lured into a money-making team of rumrunners supplying alcohol to New York City speakeasies. Speeding into dangerous waters to transport illegal liquor, Frieda gets swept up in the lucrative, risky work—and swept off her feet by a handsome Ivy Leaguer who’s in it just for fun.
As danger mounts and her own feelings threaten to drown her, can Frieda find her way back to solid ground—and to a love that will sustain her?
I am giving The Whisky Sea by Ann Howard Creel a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!


  1. Sounds great. I have read a few novels about prohibition and they have always been good.

    1. This is the second prohibition novel I recall reading. And yes, I've enjoyed reading both prohibition era novels as well. Happy reading!