Emmie Talbot is a quintessential good girl. A smart, Southern, kind, church goer. A small town seamstress. An aspiring teacher, and a misguided moonshiner.
Emmie’s sole purpose in life was taking care of her moonshine loving step-father. When he is killed in a fiery crash on their farm, she is left alone and frustrated with a mountain of debt. Working as a seamstress for a crazy-old-coot shopkeeper is not the kind of life she had imagined for herself.
The curious events that surround her step-father’s death send Emmie on a quest for answers. Answers that lead to a dangerous secret tucked away on her property. Stumbling on a moonshine still was an unfortunate event for most folks in the hills of Kentucky. She was lucky not to have been shot on the spot. Emmie saw hope in the steam escaping the curved copper pipe of “Ole Maizy”. However, a series of mishaps put her front and center in a local moonshine war.
In the midst of chaos, Emmie is befriended by an attorney recently transported from Chicago. Silas McDowell is a man seeking some answers of his own. In an attempt to find a little roaring twenties glamour in the small town, he introduces Emmie to the underground world of Speakeasies and Blind Pigs. Loyalty, lies, and murder conspire to push Silas and Emmie together or rip them apart. Cloaked in secrets and unsure whom to trust, Emmie must decide to drown in darkness or find a way to Shine On.
The real story is the chemistry between Emmie and Silas. Should this sweet, “good” girl get mixed up with this “wise guy” attorney from Chicago?GoodReads
When it comes to characters, I always want a “good” villain. By that I mean a well written villain that I do not have to feel guilty about my dislike of the character. “Mr. Thomas” is a perfect villain.Jed’s View
The characters are so relatable and I found myself quickly invested. I love the balance of romance and mystery that surrounds Emmie’s story. Totally recommend this book!Amazon Review
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, secretly eating her mother’s homemade brownies, hanging out at home listening to records with her husband, or making up silly songs with her younger son. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom and writer, Allison worked as an elementary school teacher and education consultant. For more visit: www.allisonjewell.com