About Sweet Mercy
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.
For some reason, I was super worried that this book was going to take me some time to finish. In fact, I gave myself more time to read this book than I do for other books I do with other tours. Surprisingly enough I finished this book in a day.
The book had me hooked right from the start. I really liked the Eve's voice/narrative for the most part. I can't really say much about the character herself. The story was interesting itself. In school we learn about the Great Depression, but nothing about the Prohibition, or at least I hadn't heard of it until now. Granted, this Prohibition seemed kind of stupid all in all and I could understand why so many people would go against it, and I don't even drink myself.
Speaking of which, this was something little Eve didn't seem to understand. She was quite annoying about it in fact, actually for the most part she was just annoying. She thought she was "good", and didn't seem to get over this. She always did what she thought was "right" and whatever. It doesn't mean it was right. I felt like she needed to learn that everything wasn't black and white and I don't think she did. I just kept waiting for that to happen.
There was this character Jones, whose her cousin, I liked him, he did seem to understand things better than Eve and I thought maybe he would be the person to get things across to her. Maybe older Eve understood everything, she seemed less annoying and less like I would want to punch her in the face (yes I went there), however, at no point while we were told the story of when she was seventeen did I feel she had learned anything. I'm sorry to go on about this, but this really bugged me. I liked many of the other characters her friend Marlene and her sister Cassandra for example, just not Eve, who if I had liked her I probably would have liked the book just that much more.
I'd give Sweet Mercy 3/5. I had received Sweet Mercy through Netgalley.
About the Author
Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy-Award winning novel Promises to Keep. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers 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.
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