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?
This book intoxicated me from the start – a genuine, authentic heroine in a turbulent era.
Wrestling with the concept of good and evil (and with the concept of observing/allowing evil), Sweet Mercy is a capturing tale during Prohibition America.
This is the first book by Ann Tatlock that I’ve read, and I’m impressed with the ease of her writing and the depth of her characters. I plan on reading more of her work!
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.