Robinson, Lauri, The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2), (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2015).
Title: The Bootlegger’s Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties, Book 2)
Author: Lauri Robinson
Issues: Alcohol; Gendered Expectations (Women); Murder; Revenge
Of all the speakeasies, in all the world…
Mysterious city slicker Ty Bradshaw might have won her father’s trust, but everyone knows Norma Rose is the true boss of Nightingale’s resort. And it’ll take more than that charming smile to shake the feeling that Ty is not all he seems…
He walks into hers
Ty is a federal agent on a personal mission of revenge. But he hasn’t figured on falling for a bootlegger’s daughter. Suddenly, flirting with headstrong Norma Rose seems far more exhilarating than chasing gangsters!
Welcome to the Roaring Twenties! A time in America when almost every citizen broke the law and new freedoms were discovered.
When I started researching the first book in this series I was amazed by how deeply embedded Minnesota was in the illegal moonshine business. Decades before Prohibition hit, the University of Minnesota had perfected a corn hybrid that flourished in Minnesota’s shorter growing season. They named this hybrid ‘Minnesota 13’.
Minnesota 13 was also the name given to the whiskey moonshined from this same corn. A hub of farmers distilling, selling and transporting Minnesota 13 was formed in Central Minnesota, the whiskey became known worldwide, and it was highly sought-after for years.
The Bootlegger’s Daughter is the second book in my Daughters of the Roaring Twenties mini-series. Norma Rose is the oldest Nightingale sister, and very protective of her siblings and the family business Nightingale’s – a resort that caters to those with money to spend.
Bootlegging Minnesota 13 is part of the family business, and where there are bootleggers there are prohibition men ready to take them down. Norma Rose recognises Ty Bradshaw as an agent as soon as she sets eyes on him, but when he comes to her rescue she has some hard decisions to make.
I hope you enjoy Norma Rose and Ty’s story, and reading about this time period that brought more freedom and independence for women.