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Ann Howard Creel

Autor/a de Nicki (American Girl Today)

14 obres 1,567 Membres 51 Ressenyes 2 preferits

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Ann Howard Creel was born on July 24, 1953. By the age of ten she was writing daily in a diary, and by the age of twelve she had written a novel. She attended the University of Texas, received a degree in nursing, and became a Registered Nurse. After moving to California in 1985 she went back to mostra'n més school and earned a Master's degree. She loved her nursing career, but the urge to write never left her, so she began to write again at night after work when she moved to Colorado. She took two creative writing courses in Durango, Colorado and then wrote her first novel, Water at the Blue Earth. She still works as a school nurse in the Denver area and writes part-time. Her titles include A Ceiling of Stars, Call Me the Canyon, and The Magic of the Ordinary Days. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys


Obres de Ann Howard Creel

Nicki (American Girl Today) (2007) 433 exemplars
The Magic of Ordinary Days (2001) 363 exemplars
While You Were Mine (2016) 116 exemplars
The Whiskey Sea (2016) 97 exemplars
The River Widow (2018) 84 exemplars
Mercy Road (2019) 36 exemplars
The Magic of Ordinary Days [2005 TV movie] (2005) — Autor — 31 exemplars
The Uncertain Season (2017) 24 exemplars
Under A Stand Still Moon (2005) 14 exemplars
Water at the Blue Earth (1998) 7 exemplars
Call Me the Canyon: A Novel (2006) 4 exemplars


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Colorado, USA
University of Texas



If you love historical fiction then this book would be of interest to you.
It stirs up many emotions when reading that you don’t want the story to end.
DebTat2 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Oct 13, 2023 |
I was instantly drawn into The Whiskey Sea, the story of Frieda Hope, a young woman with the world on her shoulders. Just out of high school, Frieda's dreams are wrapped up in caring for her sister, Bea, and in carrying for the ailing fisherman who took she and her sister in when they were young children. Frieda loves the sea and wants nothing more than to earn her living the same way Silver had. Frieda is both stubborn and determined. Her heart is in the right place, but she does not always see beyond her own thoughts and ideas. This is a theme we see throughout the novel, as Frieda matures and grows into the woman she will become.

Most of what I know about the Prohibition era is what I learned from history books and organized crime movies and shows (i.e. Boardwalk Empire). Occasionally a novel will take me into a speakeasy, but the focus is rarely on Prohibition itself. Prohibition was a Constitutional law (the 18th Amendment) prohibiting the production, importing, transportation and sale of alcohol throughout the United States. Frieda's decision to join a rum running team did not come easy. She would be putting her own life at risk, not to mention breaking the law. The lure of making fast money--and a lot of it--is too good to pass up, however, and Frieda soon finds herself drawn into rum running. Especially given Silver's poor health and Bea's future to look after.

The author really brings to the forefront the changes rum running went through over the course of the Prohibition era. From being a local free for all to becoming more organized, from a party atmosphere to a more dangerous business, as time went on. Even enforcement of the law changed over time, as can be seen as Frieda and her team run into more obstacles. Seeing all this come together was perhaps my most favorite part of the novel.

For me, The Whiskey Sea is more a coming of age story. Frieda's lead a sheltered life in many respects, even with the hardships she has faced. Her world expands when she becomes a boat mechanic and then a rum runner. As someone who prides herself for her independence and self-preservation, falling in love with a gentleman with money is last thing she expects. The handsome Charles is intrigued by Frieda, who wears trousers and drinks with men. She is unlike anyone else he has met.

Sam Hicks and Bea Hope are minor characters in the novel, but both play large roles in Frieda's life. Bea is so different from her sister in temperament and life experience. Sam is more so the faithful friend and moral compass of the novel. I adored him.

I cannot say I was surprised by the direction the novel took. Whether in love or rum running, it was pretty obvious to me how everything would turn out. Still, I enjoyed this novel quite a bit, getting to know Frieda and her family and friends. And I love Ann Howard Creel's writing style.

The historical aspects of the novel were what most intrigued me in this novel, but I also was quite taken with Frieda's own journey and growth as a character. She did not always make the best choices and faced the consequences as a result, but as is true for many of us, these are lessons we need to learn on our own. They are what shape us and make us who we are. Overall, I enjoyed The Whiskey Sea.
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LiteraryFeline | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jun 29, 2023 |
I just finished reading this amazing book, The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel. It is also a Hallmark movie of the same name, but goodness they are both amazing. The book delves into the intricacies of life in the 1940s, specifically nearing the end of WWII.

The protagonist, Livvy, is pregnant put of wedlock and send to marry a farmer to preserve her reputation. She learns about farming, about life in the middle of nowhere, friendship, love, and life.
FreedomofBecs | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Jan 8, 2023 |
En Colorado, USA, una mujer, testigo de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, ve como su vida da un giro radical.
A pesar de que sus tías le recuerdan constantemente que debería buscarse un marido, la ilusión de Livvy es convertirse en historiadora y viajar por todo el mundo en busca de antiguos secretos. Pero, en plena Segunda Guerra Mundial, se enamora de un soldado que debe partir inmediatamente hacia el frente. Poco después, descubrirá que está embarazada y su padre la obligará a aceptar un matrimonio de conveniencia con un humilde granjero de la América profunda al que ni siquiera conoce.
Allí, tan lejos de la vida que había soñado, descubrirá que hay otras formas de ser feliz.
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Natt90 | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Nov 22, 2022 |



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