Friday, July 12, 2013

Book Review: Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

*I received the book in this post compliments of Bethany House Publishers for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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Sweet Mercy 
by:  Ann Tatlock

About the Book:
"Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition

When Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he is forced to support his family by leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving back to his Ohio roots. Eve's uncle Cyrus has invited the family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.

Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, she considers her family to be "good people," not lawbreakers like so many in her neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a "safe haven," Eve soon forms an unlikely friendship with a strange young man named Link, blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is anything but what it seems.

When the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. Does she dare risk everything by exposing the man whose love and generosity is keeping her family from ruin? And when things turn dangerous, can she trust Link in spite of appearances?"

My Review:
This is a great story, set in the days of prohibition. Eve Marryat is idealistic seventeen year old who lives in St. Paul until her father is laid off from his job.  Traveling with her parents they move out of the crime infested city to the more serene Marryat Ballroom and Lodge owned by Eve's Uncle Cyrus and located on Marryat Island.  Upon settling in Eve meets a variety of characters and some allow her to see that maybe Marryat Island isn't immune from the city crime after all.  
I really enjoyed the flow of this story and the characters as well.  There is a tiny love story, some adventure and intrigue.  Overall a really good story with a great ending that kept my attention from the beginning.  2 thumbs up!

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