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Sweet Mercy | [Ann Tatlock]

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 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 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.
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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.

Eve can't wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At 17, 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?

©2013 Ann Tatlock (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-15
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-15
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    "Shades of Gray Mercy"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Mercy?

    There were many. I could picture the town coming together for the Fourth of July, hear the band and see the games... it was terrific!


    If you could take any character from Sweet Mercy out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would be Eve and Cassandra... I liked the direction their relationship took as young adults, when the complications and simplicity of childhood were removed. I liked Eve's idealism, even as she was (due to her youth) so sure of herself; and Cassandra's wrestling with her guilt of how she lived her life.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this look at coming of age in Prohibition-era Ohio. Tatlock has a knack of providing Christian characters who are complex - doing something illegal for a good cause, or something good for the wrong reasons. I think Eve is older than many of Tatlock's other protagonists, which is both a blessing and a drawback. Either way, this book is a welcome addition to any Tatlock fan.

    Morgan Hallet and Barbara Caruso were terrific narrators for their parts - Hallett for the majority of the book, Caruso for the prologue and epilogue.

    Great work!

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    love to read 06-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Did not care for the characters in this book"

    I really was disappointed in this book. I kept thinking that the main character telling the story would get it...........the world is not black and white, people have flaws........she never did. The book was extremely juvenile and the main character was obnoxious. Made myself finish it thinking something would happen to fix the bad but it didn't. Truly unrealistic.

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    Theresa 03-26-14
    Theresa 03-26-14
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    "Ann Tatlock keeps outdoing herself!"
    Where does Sweet Mercy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the very top of my list. I love all of Ann Tatlock's books. She's an incredible author.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic characters, historical context


    Any additional comments?

    I'll listen to this again!

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