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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
Grog Wars: Who Will Win The War For Love And Beer? by Anne Sweazy-Kulju asks the definitive question: who will win the war for love and beer? There is the German brewer who is self made and will give all of it up for the love of his woman, but another man who is lesser than him will try to take everything from him and get rid of the woman. In 1849, Burke Kaufmann survived a journey across the Atlantic in a floating coffin ship, and then he survived the Oregon trail. He had to fight for his life, but manages to keep it and a fortune so that he can send for his wife, only to find himself in more danger when she arrives.
The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is wow. I picked it up and I could not set it down for a minute. While the Oregon trail era is not one that I know much about, I felt right at home with all of the detail that Anne Sweazy-Kulju put into this book. It flows so effortlessly, and the characters seem to come alive off the page as well fleshed out people. Burke is an amazing man who has come so far and done so much, only to keep getting more roadblocks put up in front of him. He goes through depression like most of us would, but he pulls himself up by his bootstraps and he keeps going on. I love that about him and I highly recommend this book for your next read.