Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock is just what the title suggests, it is one "sweet" story that I am thankful I requested to read. I have read other books by Ann Tatlock and have not been disappointed and I was mesmerized by this book.
The story takes place back in 1931 when times were very different, since it is set during the Great Depression and Prohibition. Eve Maaryat lives in St. Paul Minnesota and thrilled to move to Ohio when her dad loses his job with Ford Motor Company. They get to live with her uncle at his Maaryat Island Ballroom and Lodge where her father will work and the family will help out. Eve believes she will leave all the gangsters in Minnesota and will find "good people" and this will be a "safe haven" for her family. She soon will encounter an interesting mix of people and will forge an unlikely friendship with a strange young man-Link. Now comes the interesting part of the story-Eve finds out things and people are not what they appear to be. Will she risk exposing people and force her family to make more decisions? Can't say anymore without giving a good part of the storyline away. I was totally surprised when the ending was coming-never saw where the story was heading.
This is one story I will read again-it was that good. It was also a story set in-some ways-simpler times and just made for an interesting read. Love when these "sweet" stories really turn out "sweet". Make sure this book is on your summer reading list.
Thanks to Bethany House for sending me this book for free just for my honest opinion.