struggle. From a sod house to flapper fun, dance halls, drinking
houses and serenades on Loon Lake, Washington, where a lake
cabin is built that becomes the author’s
sanctuary. A combination of memoir,
family history and fiction based on oral legend.
Inlanders of the Pacific Northwest are resilient during
Prohibition, making moonshine or riding the rails or dancing for
money or smuggling liquor across the Canadian border. Some go to
prison or are shot and killed. The lucky ones have the thrill and
distraction of falling in love. Be inspired by the optimism,
ingenuity, and perseverance of everyday people. Love will prevail
if you let it . . .
been attracted to his daring, mischievous, wide-eyed enthusiasm for
the future. “What’s the worst that could happen?” he would ask and
distract her with a squeeze, a kiss or a twirl before she could
answer. It had felt like his attitude could
overcome anything, that they would always be happy together though
she wasn’t entirely sure that she could trust him.
When the bottom dropped out of the wheat industry,
he thought of his family’s old moonshine recipe called
Perseverance. He had all that wheat, and a little shine could take
the sting out of hard times.
unescorted into the Marie Antoinette Ballroom at the Davenport
Hotel as if she owned the place,
fringe whipping with her walk, she thought about the thrill of a
clean, handsome man holding out his hand to lead her onto the
dancefloor. No one would ever question her presence on a
dancefloor. It was her home.
historical novel that weaves the experiences of its memorable
characters with intriguing factual historical detail. It includes
many moving scenes and is a wonderful celebration of the fortitude
of those who lived during the era covered. Highly recommended.
-- Edith Wairimu, Readers’ Favorite
Shea is one heck of a
storyteller! Vivid character building and seamless dialog, a story
packed with love, endurance and faith. So much more positive than
the other stories of this time period. You’ll love
it. –A. O’Mohondro,
A good historical time and tale
not often told in the mainstream historical novel.
–Pacific Northwest Writers