Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on July 22nd 2016
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The year is 1927 and professional boxer Emmett Roane is losing his grip on reality. His career is faltering, memories of a lost love haunt him and the horrors of the Great War muddle his mind. Emmett's past is hobbling his future, and no amount of booze or knockout blows can ease his painful memories. Seeking solace in the place where he and his Anna had once been so happy, Emmett leaves Brooklyn for a few days alone in Newport at the gilded waterfront Hermann Hotel. During a fateful weekend as he tries to make peace with his ghosts, Emmett crosses paths with Maude Mable, a lively beauty with secrets of her own. But they soon learn the luxury hotel also hosts Luther Irvin, an opium-addicted mobster who is as violent as he is desperate. When Emmett and Maude discover Luther's hideous plan to wage war on a rival gang, the pair is thrust into a deadly match of wits and force. His back against the ropes, Emmett finds his quest for self-restoration has become a mission of survival-for him, Maude and everyone at the Hermann. Can Emmett Roane, a fighter who desperately seeks an elusive peace, halt the embodiment of evil while finding a way to heal his own heart and mind?
Emmett Roane a fighter by profession is drowning in grief for his lost fiance Anna. His manager and best friend convinces him to take a little weekend getaway. He decides to go to Newport a place he visited with Anna. When he gets there he runs into some unsavory characters and a beautiful woman. The unsavory characters end up being a gang hell bent on getting back what they think is there’s. Roane’s weekend away turns grisly when he witness’s a crime of the gang. He finds a plan that could harm many innocence and Roane decides he must help to stop hit. With the help of his new lady friend will they stop many innocents from getting harmed?
In ” an Oyster Shell – An intriguing historical fiction that was full of interesting history paired with a great storyline.
The Pearls – I’m not a fan of historical fiction. I’m more of a contemporary girl. So to get me to like something I usually don’t says a lot about the book. It was really good. I usually find historical fictions to be a little on the dry side and this was anything but. I liked learning more about life in the time of prohibition. I thought choosing Emmett as an old war hero turned fighter was fitting for what happened in the story.
The characters made this story. From protagonist to antagonist this was a very character driven narrative. The characters were distinctive and made the story come alive. The antagonists in this story where really nasty and made for a good contrast to the hero that Emmettt Roane is. It really showed the gangster lifestyle that was propagated by the prohibition.
The setting at a historic hotel in Newport was unusual for what happens but very fitting in the end. What are the chances that the one place Roane goes to get away from it all puts him in the middle of the action. The hotel was appropriate for a lot of the scenes that take place. Being a place by the sea made this story even richer.
The Sand – The book had quite a bit of violence.