by Tiffany Reisz
Published June 28th, 2016
“Fate was a train that didn’t stop until it reached its final destination.”
Can I just say this was a very intriguing read! It was amazing. Storytelling at its finest! It took me a while to get into it but once I was, I could not put it down. I stayed up reading this gem and I don’t regret the tired eyes I had the next day.
Paris steals a million dollar bottle of bourbon from her one night stand, Cooper McQueen. When she is caught she gives Mr. McQueen the reason, the bottle rightfully belongs to her. She goes into telling him about the history if the bottle he had purchased and its ties to a tainted family. This is a story within a story, with the retelling of the beginning and the fall of an empire that was cursed. The story is a haunting and captivating one.
“A family with bourbon in its blood, and blood on their hands.”
I have to give it to the author. She did it so effortlessly. The writing was flawless and the story was so intense and gripping. I needed such a read. It is one that will stay with me for a long time. I am so happy I went in blind. I got to fully appreciate the twists and turns as I slowly discovered the secrets the Maddox’s family had kept from each other and the world.
The love story between Levi and Tamara was beautifully brought out despite the ugliness that tainted it. It was hard not to root for them. It was a forbidden love affair plagued with betrayal, revenge and a ton of secrets. Tamara Maddox is a victim of circumstance and she has to adapt and fight for what she believes in. She resilient even when you are shown her weaknesses. Levi is right there with her even after having his doubts.
The author tackles the theme of racial strain and how it affected people in certain ways long after the civil war. She writes the book inspired by real time historical events and she does that in a wonderful way.
This was a worthy read. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something different. The mystery will keep you turning the pages.
“My story. I inherited it.”
“I think I’d rather inherit money than a story.”
“I have that, too, not entirely by my choice.”
“You don’t want to be rich?”
“God favors the poor. But don’t tell rich people that. It’ll hurt their little feelings.”