Review & Giveaway: Gathering Storm by Sherilyn Decter

Gathering Storm by Sherilyn Decter

Publication Date: February 29, 2020
Paperback & eBook; 433 Pages

Series: Rum Runners' Chronicles, Book One
Genre: Historical Fiction

She left criminal life behind. Will her new business venture send her to sleep with the fishes?

Florida Coast, 1932. Edith Duffy might be grieving her gangster husband’s death, but she’s no damsel in distress. Leaving the sordid world of Philadelphia bootlegging, she settles in a small town outside Miami and buys a speakeasy. But when she launches a lucrative rum-running operation, indignant locals conspire to destroy her.

Edith lands squarely back in gangland culture, with a Bible-thumping preacher campaigning to shut her down and smugglers resentful of her skill. And now she must forge alliances and make unlikely allies just to survive. Luckily, her mentor is none other than the wife of the notorious Al Capone…

Will Edith’s fondness for underworld profits lead her to a dead end?

Gathering Storm is the first book in the Rum Runners’ Chronicles, a fast-paced historical women’s fiction trilogy. If you like atmospheric settings, mob stories, and independent heroines, then you’ll love Sherilyn Decter’s Prohibition-era adventure.

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There is nothing that I love more than reading about a strong-willed woman that never stands down from a challenge, one that defies the status quo and claws her way to get what she wants, so Gathering Storm was the perfect read for me! Add in mobsters and bootleggers and you can see why I literally inhaled this book!

Edith Duffy is newly widowed for four months from her late husband, who was known as Philidelphia's King of Bootleggers. She travels down to Miami to figure out what to do next and meet up with her friend and mentor, Mae Capone. Yep, wife to Al Capone! When she finds an old club she decides to open up her own speakeasy. When her husband was still alive she was the brains of their operation so she knows what do to, but it's not easy. The local rum runners and a hardnosed preacher all try to run her out of town, but nevertheless, she persisted. I don't want to give too much away, so you're just going to have to read it and find out what happens!

The other thing I loved about the book was that it featured the wives of known mobsters. When I was a teen I was obsessed with the movie Mobsters with Christian Slater as Lucky Luciano and Patrick Dempsey as Meyer Lansky, so this book brought my fascination back for sure!

There are three books in this series and the next one is due out on May 11th. I already have it pre-ordered and cannot wait to see what is next for Edith!

Cover love! Can we just take a moment to oohhhh and aahhhh over the covers for this series? I'm not ashamed to admit that I'd pick them up just for the covers to be on my shelves, but now that I know how amazing the books are I definitely have to have them! Kudos to the cover artist! They managed to capture the books perfectly!

I absolutely loved Gathering Storm and will be counting the days for the next installment. Kudos to Sherilyn Decter for bringing this thrilling time in history to life for us! It was brilliant!

About the Author

Sherilyn Decter is a writer, researcher, and lover of historical fiction. Her work is set in the Roaring Twenties and if you like feisty and determined heroines, complex cover-ups, Prohibition stories about criminal underworlds, police and political corruption, then you’re going to love Sherilyn’s grand gangster tales.

For more information, please visit Sherilyn Decter's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads and Pinterest.

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Review at Books and Zebras

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Review at Passages to the Past

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Review at Reading is My Remedy

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Review at Bookish Bellee

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Review at Nursebookie

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Review at The Magical Pages
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Review at Momfluenster
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During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Gathering Storm! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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  1. Lol Mobsters was one of my favorite movies, too!

    1. Oh right on! It was so good and I had such a huge crush on Christian Slater at the time. I think it's time for a re-watch :)


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