Sweet Mercy by 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 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 law...

Details Sweet Mercy

TitleSweet Mercy
Release DateMay 1st, 2013
PublisherBethany House Publishers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Christian, Young Adult, Romance, Christian Romance, Mystery, Coming Of Age

Reviews Sweet Mercy

  • Linda Hart
    This is a touching, sweet, wholesome coming of age story about a 17-year-old girl who is innocent, kind and gives everyone a chance. She gets hurt by some and is pleasantly surprised by others. It takes place in the 1930s, an era when people made do with what they had and what they had was not much. It is also the time of prohibition and there is an interesting story and, I believe, a little-known fact involving Al Capone. The heroine's struggles...
  • Paula Vince
    Eve Marryat is happy and relieved to be leaving a rough neighbourhood with her parents, to live at her uncle's lodge and guest house. She is idealistic bordering on judgmental. No, she's crossed that border without being aware. She sees life as a no-brainer. Good people do good things, bad people do bad things. If she tends to look down her nose at certain people, it's because their wrong decisions stand out so clearly to her. Her lofty attitude ...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    This was a really enjoyable read! I loved Tatlock's writing style. It flowed nicely and I liked the whole feel of retelling a childhood story. It was somewhat of a simpler time and place. Descriptions of lazy summer days, good old-fashioned work and values, first love, and growing up.This is the first book that I have read about prohibition. Eve and her father are very strong supporters of prohibition and the law. They have their reasons for bein...
  • Faye
    Eve Marryat is thrilled to be leaving crime laden St. Paul, Minnesota, when her father loses his job working for the Ford Motor Company during the Great Depression, and headed for her Uncle Cy's vacation resort in Ohio to work. She quickly makes friends among the people who work for her uncle or live on the island, unaware that her new home might now be the safe haven she believes it to be. Eve considers herself a good and moral person, she likes...
  • Marsha Meola
    One of my most favorite books of all time. Loved it!!
  • Laurie Carlson
    The book starts off with Eve taking her ten year old grandson to the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge. She sits down with her Grandson to tell him about her time there at the lodge back in 1931.In 1931, and the Ford Motor Company in St Paul Minnesota just closed down, leaving her father out of work. Eve did not like where she lived anyway because there were to many gangsters and she witnessed a murder. They get a call from relative in Ohio who o...
  • Theresa
    Actually between 3 and 1/2 and four stars... if only there were half-stars!Eve’s father is out of a job, like many others in the early 1930′s, and they move to her uncle’s home in Ohio. Uncle Cyrus owns a hotel, and Eve and her parents, in return for free room and board, become part of a hotel staff.Like many families, Eve’s parents are struggling with finding ways to make ends meet and maintain some vestige of self-respect in a time when...
  • Annette
    Source: Free copy from Bethany House/An Open Book.Summary:Seventeen year old Eve, and her parents, are moving from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Ohio. Eve's father, lost his job at the Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant. He is able to secure a job working at his brother Cy's, Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge, located in Mercy, Ohio. Eve's, older sister Cassandra, and family, will remain living in St. Paul. Uncle Cy's wife is ill and living in a sanitar...
  • Melanie
    We meet Eve in the Prologue. She's back at the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge with her grandson looking for something she stored in the attic before the Lodge gets torn down. She then tells him about her 17th summer...She left Minnesota with her parents and they went to Mercy, Ohio. Her parents didn't want to go but her dad got laid off due to the poor economy and there wasn't any other work to be found. His brother, Cyrus, called him to come ...
  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    3.5 stars rounding upI'm happy to be a part of this blog tour today for Sweet Mercy. I love books that give me a bit of a history lesson without seeming exactly like a history lesson. When I get to learn about parts of history with the fictional elements of characters it really helps me to have an idea of what people must have been thinking and feeling at the time.Sweet Mercy was a gentle flowing book that followed Eve and her family through a su...
  • Beth (YA Books Central)
    I love when a story starts in present time and then takes you back to relive a memory! Eve tells the story of what happened when she lived at the family lodge on the lake in Mercy, Ohio during prohibition. I have never really thought about how many people were bootleggers during those years! It was amazing to hear a story recalled by someone who was a teenagers during those years. I loved Eve and her innocence! When she meet Link I knew there was...
  • Joan
    This was an interesting coming of age story, sort of. It took me a while to get into the idea of a story set in the prohibition era since we now live in such an alcohol saturated society. I thought the novel was well conceived and developed. it certainly helped me get a feel for that era, and the bit of romance was good too. I want to say that Eve was very naive but I think was probably the thinking for young people of the day.
  • Virginia
    This was the first book of Ann Tatlock that I've read. It reminds me of Julie Cantrell's book,"Into the Free", (another book I enjoyed by the way), it keep me up all night til I read every page!! It was really that good!!!
  • Sara Smith
    A quick read about an idealistic 17 yr old girl during Prohibition who is very black and white about issues.
  • Cheron
    cloying Christian romance. only finished it because it was all I had.
  • Katherine Mcgrath
  • Barbara
    In the novel Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock, seventeen-year-old Eve Marryat is glad her family has to leave St. Paul, Minnesota in 1931. The city had become a haven for gangsters and crime: Eve had even witnessed a man being killed.Her father, newly laid-off from the Ford Motor Company, is taking the family back to where he grew up in Mercy, Ohio. His family owns the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge right on the beach, and Eve and her parents will h...
  • Stacy M. Patton
    This is my second Ann Tatlock book and the second time I am giving her book five stars! The first book I rated five stars was Promises To Keep. It’s 1931 and Eve was supposed to be enjoying her last summer in St Paul, Minnesota before her final year of high school. However, when her father gets laid off from Ford Motor Company, they move back to his roots in Ohio to live and work in a lakeside inn Eve’s uncle owns. This is a story based on Pr...
  • Louise
    Story Description:Baker Publishing Group|May 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-1046-4When 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 livi...
  • Kathy Mizell
    The Night of the RaidEve was almost seventeen when her life really changed. It was the time in her life when many things were changing. He Father lost his job in Chicago where they had lived all her life and he was offered a job in his brother's Lodge where things would be so different in another state starting a new life. This was the time of bootlegging, gangs and many other different things. You must read this book, find out who Link is, how s...
  • Julie
    Easy read, but really predictable. I get that it is a coming-of-age story, but the main character was just too overly sweet. Also, overuse of the word “daddy”. It’s a great word and I know 17 yr olds say it, but no one always says it. Just just once refer to “my father” or “my dad” instead of “my daddy”.
  • Stacia
    I needed something and easy and enjoyable while at the beach. This book is an easy read and takes place during the prohibition. The main character was a little difficult to connect with because of her naiveté and self-righteousness.
  • Christine
    Loved it!I truly enjoyed reading this book. Me Tatlock creates characters that become a part of you. Her story telling skills are outstanding and i find it so e easy to fall into her books and turn the pages. Hands down, she is one of my favorite authors!
  • Simone
    Listening to this audio book was an excellent way to learn more about prohibition. I had studied it in school but never really got the sense of what it was like for people. This was a touching sweet story that explained how strongly one character believed in doing the right thing.
  • Jenni Schafran
    This book really seemed to drag. I can't felt like I was looking for the point the whole way through. The ending was good and had your attention just wish the book had more throughout to keep your interest.
  • Nancy
    GreatThis is a wonderful book. I highly recommend reading it. Couldn't put it down - anxious to see how it ended.
  • Shannon Combs
    Nice little romance. Nothing deep, good beach read
  • Blanca E. Hernandez
    Great bookRomance, and many other twists in this story. I really love her style and all her books. I found an author I really like.
  • Emily MacGill
    I loved _Sweet Mercy_! I could relate to Eve in many ways. I read this in one day I loved _Sweet Mercy_! I could relate to Eve in many ways. I read this in one day 😊
  • Julia Richards
    Great StoryThis is a great story about life when the crash hit the stick market and what a family did to survive it. Great characters Great StoryThis is a great story about life when the crash hit the stick market and what a family did to survive it. Great characters🤓