Friday, July 6, 2012
New Review: Betina Krahn’s THE PARADISE BARGAIN – Superb Storytelling in This Tale of America’s Post American Revolution Whiskey Rebellion!
Krahn has written a superb romance, yes, but even more, she has developed winning characters, people you would really want to know, and she has served up a clever plot with twists and turns in an interesting time of American history (just after the American Revolution when the government is trying to establish its authority—the Whiskey Rebellion, to be precise). The place is Rapture Valley in Western Pennsylvania and the bargain is for paradise. This unique story will draw you in, I promise. I was captivated from the beginning and could not put it down.
Despite her desire to remain a Peter Pan-like youth forever, Whitney Daniels body has betrayed her—while the men were away fighting the war for independence, she grew into a woman. Oh, she still wears breeches and boots, but men have started to notice her curves and it’s most annoying. While the whiskey-distilling father she loves is gone to Pittsburgh to protest the burdensome federal tax that is crippling the farmers (who make whiskey from their surplus grain), Whitney is left in charge and must fend off the federal troops who come to ferret out the rogue stills. Their leader, one Major Garner Townsend (of the Boston Townsends, he is quick to point out), has drawn this despicable duty due to the jealousy of a superior officer. Garner has no desire to take on the troublemakers. But when he encounters their leader, Whitney Daniels, who both bites and kicks in fending off unwanted advances, he is overwhelmed by his attraction to the slip of a girl with the lush curves. In Rapture Valley, the currency is not cash, but everyone bargains for what they need. Whitney is the best bargainer of all, and as she well knows, every man has his price.
Great storytelling at its finest. You won’t regret getting this one!
Note: As the book cover indicates, this was previously released as LOVE’S BRAZEN FIRE.