In early 1930s Montana, in the small town of Colton, Maddy Aldridge struggles to make ends meet during the Great Depression. With her mother long dead, her stubborn younger sister fighting her at every turn, and her father's arthritis deteriorating so badly that she has to run the family store alone, her desperation grows by the day. Enter Jeffers Grimm with a proposition too great for her to turn down: open an illegal speakeasy in the mercantile's basement, defy Prohibition, and make enough money to make her worries disappear. But, unbeknownst to Maddy, Jeffers has made a deal with the mob to bring huge quantities of alcohol across the Canadian border and store it in the mercantile. He wants to get rich, regardless of who stands in his way. Jack Rucker is an agent for the Bureau of Prohibition, the federal police force created for the difficult task of enforcing the new law. Years earlier, he'd been a boy living in Colton, loving a young Maddy Aldridge. Now, after hearing rumors of an operation, the Bureau wants him to go back and hide in plain sight. With a pain-in-the-rump partner breathing down his neck, what will Jack do when he finds out what Maddy is up to? Can he and Maddy rekindle the love they once knew? If Jeffers discovers Jack is a federal agent, to what ends will he go to silence him forever?
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by Dorothy Garlock
by Dorothy Gilman
"Childhood sweethearts Jack and Maddy find themselves on opposite sides of the law in 1931 Colton, Montana. Maddy operates a speakeasy in the basement of her father's store, and Jack is the lawman investigating the illegal activity. Rebecca Gibel reads Jack's words in a straightforward, confident tone. A deeper pitch separates his words from those of Maddy, whose voice holds slightly more maturity than her younger sister's but still has the optimism of a young woman. Gibel's portrayals of the supporting characters add variety to the narration, especially in the contrast between the East Coast accent of Jack's partner and the slow drawls of the Montana natives. The clear separation between each section leaves no doubt as its point of view. E.N. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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