Sweet Mercy_mck.inddReviewed by Meg Massey

Eve Merryat is thrilled to leave her dangerous hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota when her father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company. She and her parents return to her father’s hometown in Ohio to live and work at her uncle Cyrus’ business, the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.

Eve is captivated by the sights and people that stay at the Lodge. But soon, she discovers that the Marryat is not all that it seems to be. She encounters strange characters, including a local bum named Link, and a cousin that her uncle seems determined to hide from the world. And when she and her father discover that her uncle may be involved in illegal activity, they are faced with a difficult decision.

Set during the prohibition era, author Ann Tatlock’s novel Sweet Mercy is a suspenseful, romantic and engaging read written from the point of view of Eve, a naive and innocent but relatable protagonist. The novel begins with an elderly Eve sharing the story of a long-ago summer with her grandson, and travels back in time to the summer of 1931, when Eve’s life is drastically altered by the events that occur on Merryat Island. If you’re a fan of historical fiction, you’ll love this look into the 1930’s. You’ll also be surprised by Eve’s romance with an unlikely hero. Sweet Mercy is a tale you won’t soon forget, and won’t want to put down.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.