Mistaken: First Impressions Are Never What They Seem
by Karen Barnett
Abingdon Press / 2013
About the book:
Since booze and prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man to fill her life. Convinced that handsome newcomer Daniel Shepherd is connected with her brother’s rum-running gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. Daniel has mixed feelings about returning to the dirty mill town of his youth, but grudgingly agrees to manage his grandfather’s drug store until a replacement can be found. The moment he meets Laurie on the windswept bluff overlooking the beach, he knows that if he can earn her love, he might have a reason to stay. But when Laurie pushes him away--for none other than Federal Agent Samuel Brown--Daniel wonders if Laurie really is the upstanding woman he thought her to be. The Strait of Juan de Fuca, just off the beaches of Port Angeles, Washington, was treacherous water for reckless rum-runners—and the agents who tried to catch them. So when she realizes her brother is in danger, romance is the last thing on Laurie's mind. Yet the people she believes she can trust, may not be so honorable after all.
Mistaken is a mix of two of my favorite genres - suspense and historical romance - and I absolutely loved it! The story was so good and held my attention throughout - I ended up finishing Mistaken in less than a day! I loved one of the messages in the book - how you shouldn't judge people/ things just by appearances, as things aren't always what they seem.
The characters in Mistaken were fantastic! I loved how they were flawed and struggled with things - it made the story more realistic. The romance was sweet - as was the ending - and I couldn't help smiling at times. :)
I don't know whether or not Mistaken is Karen Barnett's debut novel, but, regardless, it's the first of hers I've read and I look forward to reading more of her books. I definitely recommend Mistaken to fans of historical romance books with some intrigue.
*I received this book free for review from Abingdon Press through its early reader program. I was not required to write a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*