Novelist and Children's Author

Featured Book: Mistaken by Karen Barnett

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Fiction |

From the back cover:

Laurie’s judgment about men has never steered her wrong. Until now.

Since alcohol and Prohibition have made criminals out of every man in her world, Laurie Burke resolves to find at least one honorable man. Convinced that handsome newcomer, Daniel Shepherd, is connected with her brother’s rumrunning gang, Laurie quickly scratches his name off her list. Federal agent Samuel Brown might be the answer to her prayers—or her worst nightmare.


My thoughts:

I was super excited when this book arrived in my mailbox. Besides the fact that the author is a friend of mine, the storyline intrigued me from the start. I couldn’t wait to read a book set in Port Angeles, Washington in the 1920’s.

Mistaken starts this way:

Laurie Burke clutched the steering wheel of her father’s Model T as the car lurched down the deserted road toward the beach, the headlights barely denting the dark night.

Are you pulled in yet?

Frankly, I couldn’t put this book down! The characters were so real to me. I felt Laurie’s frustration, her heartbreak, her family struggles. I also understood her desire to love and to be loved by someone she could trust—someone honorable. But first impressions aren’t always what they seem, and Karen Barnett does a great job of weaving in these misconceptions. The best part of this book was that she had enough twists and turns to keep me guessing, and I was completely satisfied (and sad it was over) when I turned the last page. I look forward to reading a lot more from this debut author!

About Karen:

Karen Barnett has been published by Guideposts and Ladybug magazines. She lives in Albany, Oregon, with her husband, two children, and three cats. Find out more at

Karen Barnett