Review #70

Title- The Bourbon Thief

Rating– 5/5

Genre- women’s fiction, literary fiction

POV- Third person, past tense. This switches between different time periods

Trope- family legacy, twists & turns, unexpected revelations, sacrifice, coming of age, revenge, age gap, the South

Similar/Comps– The Devil’s Highway, Bull Mountain

My emotions- My mind was BLOWN! I was so scared of the possible ending but turned out completely satisfied.

Trigger warning- rape is a dominant theme in this novel, not just casually mentioned


Tamara- stubborn, foolish at times, young, and full of sooo much heart

Levi- hardworking, steady, almost as hard headed as Tamara, protective, and stole my heart, but oh boy did I get mad at him at one part.

The characters were realistic, flawed, stubborn, deep. The family dynamics were dramatic and captivating.


The Maddox family owned and operated the Red Thread Bourbon distillery since the Civil War, until the company went out of business for reasons no one knows…

Years later, Paris unspools the lurid tale of Tamara Maddox, heiress to the distillery that became an empire. Theirs is a legacy of wealth and power, but also of lies, secrets and sins of omission. Paris wants the bottle of Red Thread, which remains a secret until the truth of her identity is at last revealed, and the century-old vengeance against her family can finally be completed.


The prose flowed so well that I read it in a few hours because I couldn’t put it down and was completely invested in these character’s lives.

“Love what they destroyed. Destroy what they loved.”

Best part-

Ah this book was so good!! SUCH good story telling. It really pulled on the heart strings.

What I’d change-

I can’t think of one single thing I’d change. It was perfect. This is a book I’d buy AFTER reading it, just to have a copy, which I never do.

Published by CassieSwindon

Fiction author

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