Sweet Mercy

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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.

St. Paul seemed like a haven for gangsters, and Eve had grown fearful of living there. At seventeen, she considers her family ...

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Overview

Stunning New Novel from Award-Winning Author

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.

St. Paul seemed like a haven for gangsters, and Eve had grown fearful of living there. At seventeen, she considers her family to be "good people." They aren't lawbreakers and criminals like so many people in her old neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a "safe haven," Eve is blissfully unaware that her uncle's lodge is a transfer station for illegal liquor smuggled from Canada.

Eve settles in to work and makes new friends, including an enigmatic but affecting young man. But when the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. How can she ignore what is happening right under their very noses? Yet can she risk everything by condemning the man whose love and generosity is keeping her and her family from ruin?

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Publishers Weekly
In this coming-of-age novel, Christy winner Tatlock (All the Way Home) manages to offer readers an eclectic mixture of suspense and romance combined with deeply rooted historical elements. After her father is laid off from automotive giant Ford Motor Company in 1931, in the early years of the Great Depression, Eve Marryat is elated to move to Mercy, Ohio, from St. Paul, Minn., where she witnessed a gangland murder related to a bootlegging operation. The 17-year-old Eve considers Mercy her promised land and her chance to leave behind the St. Paul gangsters and forget about “that murder” forever. Cyrus, Eve’s paternal uncle, offers the family an opportunity to live and work at his business, the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge. Once settled, Eve and her dad Andrew quickly find out that Mercy has secrets, and Eve’s safe haven turns into a crime scene right under her nose. Tatlock presents endearing but flawed characters who prompt readers to explore their own bases for judgment and ethical criticism. (May)
Library Journal
Eve Marryat isn't happy living in Depression-era St. Paul, especially since the neighborhood where her family lives has become dangerous. So when her father is laid off from his job and her Uncle Cyrus invites them to come live with him in Ohio and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge, Eve considers it a blessing. She adapts quickly and makes new friends, but quickly learns that the lodge is being used to smuggle alcohol in from Canada. What should Eve do? She had thought the lodge was a safe haven; can she turn in the one person who provided her family refuge? VERDICT Christy Award-winner Tatlock's (All the Way Home; I'll Watch the Moon) third novel is a thoughtful, character-driven story that should appeal to her growing body of fans, as well as readers who enjoy the work of Ginny Yttrup.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764210464
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 449,239
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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 both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Ann lives with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Laura Jane, in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.anntatlock.com.
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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    I wasn¿t sure what to expect of the book Sweet Mercy. I had neve

    I wasn’t sure what to expect of the book Sweet Mercy. I had never read anything by Ann Tatlock before, but the cover drew me in, along with the description of the book. When I received a free copy of the book, I didn’t hesitate to dive right in. I am very glad I read this book because I found it very entertaining and enjoyable.




    The book starts with a Grandma and her grandson. They are returning to a house from the Grandma’s childhood and as it is filled with memories, the Grandma tells her grandson the story of her childhood. We are then transported back to 1931 when Eve Marryat, the Grandma in the story, is a young girl of 17. A year and a half after the stock market crashed, Eve finds herself moving to Ohio with her family to live with her Dad’s brother. There they work for her uncle who owns the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.
    Leaving behind St. Paul and its den of gangsters and lawbreakers, Eve is anxious to find herself in a safe haven. However, during the time of Prohibition, Eve will soon learn that Ohio is anywhere but a safe haven. When she runs into bootleggers and their still, she must decide what she must do and who she can trust.




    I really liked the cast of characters that Ann Tatlock created. There were some that you found yourself liking a lot, and then others that were disagreeable right from the start. I especially found myself drawn to Link. However, because of the circumstances in the book, I was unable to determine who I should “trust” along with Eve.
    The twists and turns in this book make for a great story that will keep you guessing as to how everything will be resolved.




    I found the time period to be interesting as well. I believe I have only read one book about Prohibition before this one and as I enjoyed that one very much, I was excited to read another book about the same time period. Sweet Mercy did not disappoint and I am very glad I had the chance to read it. This is a book that I am glad found its way to my bookshelf… and I plan to keep it there!




    I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I received no compensation for this review and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions stated are my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    Highly recommended

    A wonderful sense of place with timeless themes that not only provided a great story that kept me reading late into the night but also challenged me personally to grant others the same mercy I've been granted. I am not usually one who "re-reads" books (so many books, so little time), but Sweet Mercy deserves to be savored re-read.

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  • Posted December 16, 2013

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    plot:I thought that the plot of this book was interesting. At ti

    plot:I thought that the plot of this book was interesting. At times, it was predictable, but it also kept me guessing. 




    characters:At first, I thought the main character seemed unrealistically naive, especially for her age of 17. However, it was slightly necessary for the story line. 




    themes:The biggest theme in the story was that there is good and evil in everyone. It was well presented and executed throughout the book. 




    emotion:I didn't think that there was an emotional depth to the story. I didn't feel connected to the characters or their situations while I was reading. 




    overall:I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining and exciting. I looked forward to continuing the story when I would take a break.




    ---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Great a very good read

    This is a very good read...Enjoyed it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock is the novel you have been searching

    Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock is the novel you have been searching for. As always, this favorite author did not disappoint. Her cast of characters will draw you into their lives with the prologue until the fantastic, neatly tied up in a bow , conclusion revealed in the final chapter and epilogue. I just loved this novel and the theme laced throughout these pages, Sweet Mercy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    I had never read anything by Ann Tatlock so I wasn't sure what t

    I had never read anything by Ann Tatlock so I wasn't sure what to expect. I am normally not a huge fan of stories written in the first person, but this book was an exception. At first, I wasn't sure I was going to be into it: normally I have to be captivated in the first few pages. So it took me a while to get into the book, which is a negative. The plot was solid, and the ending was pretty climactic, which was a positive. The characters were interesting but I didn't feel as drawn into their world as I normally am when reading a good book. Overall this book was pretty average; nothing extraordinary. Out of five stars I would give it a three.

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  • Posted June 27, 2013

    One of the best historical fiction books that I have read so far

    One of the best historical fiction books that I have read so far this year!



    Ann Tatlock did such a wonderful job with Eve. She captured the in-between of being a 17 year girl perfectly, mature one moment and the next feeling like a little girl. Eve has a lot to learn about life and people, but what better place and time than a lodge full of summer visitors during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Eve thinks she knows right and wrong, everything is black and white, but as she spends time with people at the lodge and in town, she learns that it isn't always that easy. People aren't always what they seem and sometimes they make decisions for reasons that are hard to understand. But she is a genuinely kind-hearted girl that leans on her Faith, this helps her to face the hard things in life, be they small or large.

    The cast of characters is wonderful, varied and realistic. You will find yourself falling in love with some, disliking others, feeling sad for some of them, and most definitely wanting to find out what happens to them next.

    It was cool and quite rainy when I read this book but I was transported each time I opened the pages into a warm summer of Ohio. I found myself having to readjust to the “real world” when I had to lay it down. I often partly judge how much I like a book by the author's ability to paint pictures with words, drawing me in to the point that I can almost feel and taste as well as see with the characters, if I have to emerge from my reading and nearly reacquaint myself with my surroundings. The author managed to do this marvelously. I felt satisfied with how the story ended but also a little let down that it was now finished.

    I was not familiar with Ann Tatlock's books when I saw Sweet Mercy, the cover and the synopsis on the back just drew me in. I'm glad that I was able to get this book for review and read it. I will definitely be looking for more books by Ann Tatlock in the future as well as checking out some of her previous titles.

    Well worth the time to read, Sweet Mercy is a MUST READ for summer 2013.

    (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review. I did not receive any financial compensation for this review. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2013

    This book is well-written with varied, interesting characters.  

    This book is well-written with varied, interesting characters.  I appreciated that the bootleggers and gangsters were neither glamorized nor demonized in this book but were presented as real people, capable of both good and evil.  The ending of the book was not a surprise, but that didn't bother me.  Even when I was pretty sure how the story would end up, I didn't want to put the book down.  I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it.  I plan on looking into reading more books by this author.  I had never read any of Ann Tatlock's books before, but I certainly think I would enjoy another one of hers.

    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of writing a review, but the opinions are my own.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

    I read this book in a few hours because I literally couldn't put

    I read this book in a few hours because I literally couldn't put it down. From the moment I started this book I was hooked and to be honest I can't tell you why. I loved the authors writing and how she makes you feel like you are right there with the characters. She doesn't give too much detail but she gives enough so that you can feel like you are there with the characters. I have never read another book from the this time period so I was intrigued and interested to see what life was like for people during that time. The book takes place during prohibition in the 1930's. You follow along with Eve and her parents as her dad gets laid off and they move to the town of Mercy to live with her uncle who owns a lodge. I am not going to get into what happens while they are there because that will give away the story.

    FTC: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  The opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Book Review: Sweet Mercy, written by Ann Tatlock Mercy isn't ju

    Book Review: Sweet Mercy, written by Ann Tatlock

    Mercy isn't just a town in Ohio. It is also the underlying theme touching all the characters in this story. The main character, Eve, is telling this story, her story, to her grandson. We meet them as they are entering the family ballroom and lodge that is about to be demolished. They are there to retrieve some keepsakes and so begins the story.

    Eve's rememberings take them back to her seventeenth summer. It was a time when she was forced to face her innocence and naivety. Her family ends up back in Ohio because they are looking to escape the crime of St. Paul--a haven for gangsters of all kinds. They were ill-prepared for the impact that the bootleggers in Ohio were going to have upon them.

    "Love covers a multitude of sins" is a quote that Eve's father uses. It is often referred to in the story as the characters struggle with their "black and white" thinking in a world that is rapidly turning gray. The author does a masterful job of addressing things like prejudice, labeling, and assumptions.

    Ann Tatlock is a gentle story teller who disarms you with her style but doesn't hesitate to bring the conflicts of human nature right to you. She is adept at touching your heart while also challenging your mind. 

    I highly recommend this book.

    Reviewed by Tina M. Hunt (about.me/tina_hunt)

    (I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House.)

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a different pace than many ot

    I really enjoyed this book. It had a different pace than many other young adult novels, and I liked that. The story was sweet and drew me in right from the start. I loved following Eve's experience as the mysteries of the Lodge unraveled. I really enjoyed the way Eve progressed and changed over the course of the summer. She learned a lot about bring human.

    The content is perfectly clean and would be appropriate for audiences ages 12 and up. This is a good read for anyone that enjoys historical fiction, first loves, and a little mystery.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Set during the Great Depression and Prohibition Ann Tatlock has

    Set during the Great Depression and Prohibition Ann Tatlock has written another captivating novel! This is Eve's story of a summer like never before, things happen that no child should ever be involved. Eve is now a grandmother and is telling her grandson what went on in that abandoned lodge. 




    Eve had a job working at her uncle's resort, during that summer she learns things about him that will forever change her. She becomes involved in illegal activity and finds the law isn't always what's right. 




    Tatlock writes a great novel, she brings her characters to life and you feel their emotions. I really enjoyed this story! I've read all of the author's books and look forward to each new one! 5 stars from me! 




    I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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  • Posted May 10, 2013

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    Eve Marryat grew up quick living in St. Paul, MN during Prohibit

    Eve Marryat grew up quick living in St. Paul, MN during Prohibition. The place was filled with corruption, guns firing, and she witnessed a murder. From that she had nightmares, and when her Dad lost his job, the family decided to move to Ohio, Eve was thrilled. Her Uncle Cy owns Marryat Lodge in Mercy OH. It is rather a resort, and now she is moving to what looks like Paradise, from gun fire to peaceful boat rides on the river.
    Things are not all what they appear, and neither are the people. If you are not familiar with Prohibition, this book brings a lot of it to light. We also meet a Cousin, well, a Step-Cousin Jones, who is an Albino. Again not to many are familiar with this affliction. We find a lot of tough decisions here, to follow the law? Or to protect a friend or family.
    I also wondered for awhile who Eve was going to end up with, and there is a bit of a surprise here. I also loved that the family had a strong faith in God, and had learned to lean in Him.
    This is a fairly fast and interesting read, it didn't take me long to get through it. We do see in the beginning of the book and the Epilogue that Eve has a Grandson...she must have married.
    This is a read that you can share with teens and adults. Enjoy!

    I received this book through I Am A Reader, Not A Writer Blog Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted May 9, 2013

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    Gangsters, bootleggers, and bums, oh my!

    I haven’t read a historical novel this engaging in a long time. Prohibition is such a cool era, but there’s not a lot of Christian fiction written about it. I was hooked right away. The characters are wonderful. Sometimes I wanted to strangle Eve, but her growth as a character was brilliantly rendered. I was drawn in to her struggles as her perceptions are challenged and she is forced to rethink her opinions of those around her. I haven’t read any Ann Tatlock until now, but that’s about to change. Don’t miss this delightful coming-of-age story!

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

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    This book just found itself on my favorites list. It was awesome

    This book just found itself on my favorites list. It was awesome.

    First I liked the whole premise about a girl during prohibition. I have not read another book in that time period and thought it was great. Most authors, I believe, do not want to get into the "is alcohol evil or not?" so they leave this time in history alone. To me that is a sad thing because it was such an important time in American history and has such applicable lessons for today. Ann Tatlock earned my respect in that she tackled this and that she did such an amazing job with it.

    The research done for this book is completely evident without feeling like a history textbook. Details, dates, and facts all blended seamlessly with fiction. The characters unique and their issues were handled beautifully. My personal favorite was Jones, though many might not agree with me, because he seemed so real. Link had to be my second as he made me laugh.

    The facts about Al Capone were interesting to me. I remember learn about him in middle school, but we did not learn some of the things mentioned in this book. Not only was Capone a criminal in this book, but he was a person, something I believe many people forget.

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