Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock is one of my favorite types of fiction to read, but for some reason are hard to find. So whenever I happen upon one, I am ecstatic. :-)
It's 1931, and not only is the Great Depression in full swing but Prohibition has been thelaw for the past ten years, too. Seventeen year old Eve Marryatt is thrilled that her family is moving away from gangster ridden St. Paul, Minnesota to her Uncle Cyrus' lodge in Mercy, Ohio.
Eve settles in quickly, meets new friends almost immediately, and has her first date. Life seems to be going swimmingly until her girlfriend calls her frantic with worry. What Eve finds changes everything, and things only go downhill from there. She came to Mercy thinking everything would be different, but there is just as much deceit and hypocrisy as in St. Paul. It's just a little more well hidden. Is anyone trustworthy anymore?
This tale highlights the emotions we all encounter at some time or another. I found it very well written and extremely hard to put down! I couldn't help but root for Eve as she battles all the ups and downs of growing up. I highly recommend this book!
I was given this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.