Friday, May 31, 2013

Sweet Mercy: A Book Review

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?

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format.

About The Author:

Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for bothAll the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal andPublishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit

My Review:

It's another fantastic read from author Ann Tatlock! With amazing characters, a writing style that will have you hooked from the first pages and reading late into the night, and descriptions that make you feel like you are visualizing each scene (would make a great movie!), you will be transported to the time of Prohibition and the issues that surrounded it. I enjoyed the easy-to-read feel of the book, and the theme of right versus wrong and all that comes from trying to do the right thing. There are a few surprises in the book that I loved and if you are a fan of Tatlock, you will love as well. The book was a quick read and suitable for young adults and older. It is the perfect read for your road trip, sitting on the beach, or hanging out at the cottage, this summer.

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Sweet Mercy at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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