My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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.
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