"Sweet Mercy," by Ann Tatlock

"Sweet Mercy," by Ann Tatlock
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?

The more I read Ann Tatlock's book, the more I enjoy her style of writing.  This book sucks you in right from the first chapter.  Eve is such an easy character to love and to understand.  I will say I figured out who was who and what was what quite early on; so if I figured it out you will too!!!

It wasn't a hard book to read and you will want to know what will happen next.

Stars out of 5 : 5 A great book, well worth purchasing or borrowing from your local library.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I loved this book too..I'll be posting my review later this week...wish I had some more books like this to read!
    Jane x


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