Blood and Sand
When her father goes to prison for crimes against the country, Logan Cole loses everything: her family, her fortune, her future, and her home.
Under a barrage of vicious online threats, she heads for the Canadian border, stopping in the smallest cozy town she can find. It's the perfect place to be anonymous, but it's not the high society she once knew.
The only job she can find is at the local bar, and she’s never worked a day in her life.
Logan makes a name for herself as a hard worker. She masters the world of cocktails and brings the town to a new way of drinking. When a tragic accident threatens the bar, Logan has to choose between revealing her true identity to save it or saying goodbye to the only thing she’s ever built on her own in order to save herself.
Whiskey Cocktails from Helen's Tavern
Readers of Blood and Sand - and whiskey lovers in general - will enjoy this collection of cocktail recipes. Every drink from Blood and Sand is here, and a few extra for good measure.
They're organized the way Logan Cole would do it, in order of complexity. From a quick week night Manhattan to the Blueberry Thyme Whiskey Sour, everything you need to impress your guests and please your palate is here.
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Review: The Uncorked Librarian
"Of course, we know the cliche that money doesn’t buy happiness, but more so, the story represents a class of a people who sometimes get lost in novels. So few authors tell the hardships of hard-working people earning minimum wage. The focus on working-class America... juxtaposed with extreme wealth makes Blood and Sand the ultimate realistic fiction title for the masses.
I especially appreciate the small-town community and how one little bar brings everyone together. Without the bar, the town members grow isolated and lost.
In addition, each drink that Logan makes takes on meaning, heart, and soul. Cocktails match the townspeople and their personalities. There is depth to something as simple as a whiskey sour with a twist."
What Others Say
On a Reading Bender
" Blood & Sand takes us on a journey that is well-written, has well developed characters, and is realistic. I love that it brings us to a new place that we can easily picture in our minds. I loved Ramsbolt!
Logan’s story is a wonderful one that made me feel all sorts of things.
Lane throws in the wit that helped cut some of the tension and I really enjoyed that. A book that I totally recommend, go one click!"
Novel News Network
"I plunged into Blood & Sand with just an open book ready to take me somewhere. And this novel did indeed take me somewhere: straight to a small town I loved.
Logan was a great lead, I connected to her from the start and that made the book even better.
You will get lost in this read. I loved the way Jennifer M. Lane’s voice came through in her writing. It is a story that doesn’t cut corners, she deals with issues head on and I loved that."
Review: Dandelions Inspired
"...This isn't a 'poor little rich girl done wrong' story. This is a novel about sucking it up, moving on, and stepping up to the plate for one's self, as well as for others. Logan is a complex character with poise and charm, coupled with humility and utilitarianism. From her stubborn tenacity at the start of the novel to her confidence and peace at the conclusion, I loved everything about Logan."
"In addition to Logan... is a wonderful cast of secondary characters. From bar-owner Helen and her arthritic hands and knees to the postman Riley, to the grumpy old man Arvil - everything and everyone seems so real and relatable that while reading, you feel as if you are part of a real hometown filled with people you have known for your entire life."
"This author has an extraordinary gift not only for making her characters come to life or making them relatable but making you feel as if she was writing about you or someone you know. Whether it be her point of view, her imagery, or emotion – there is something about this writer that gets into your soul while reading her work."