When Eve Marryat’s father is laid off in the early days of the Depression, she’s grateful to find out they are leaving the gangster haven of St. Paul. Returning to the Ohio lodge and resort run by her uncle is like a dream come true after the violence she’s seen. Accepting her uncle’s offer of help will heal the rift between her father and his brother and bring peace back to the family, she thinks, but she discovers that not everything is idyllic in this new setting.
Ann Tatlock has set a wonderful coming-of-age story against the backdrop of Prohibition and the questionable choices many people had to make between survival and doing the right thing. Her characters are as fresh as a spring morning and will draw you in from page one. Tatlock also does a very nice job of capturing the time period without an overabundance of clichés. Eve’s story will warm your heart and leave you with a smile. “Sweet Mercy”
is also a book you’ll be happy to share with younger readers of the middle and high school ages.
This book was provided to me for this review by Bethany House. The opinions, however, are entirely my own!