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Sweet Mercy Paperback – May 1, 2013
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Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition
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 seventeen, 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?
"In this coming-of-age novel, Christy winner Tatlock manages to offer readers an eclectic mixture of suspense and romance combined with deeply rooted historical elements... [She] presents endearing but flawed characters who prompt readers to explore their own bases for judgment and ethical criticism." --Publishers Weekly
"Lush physical descriptions offer a pleasing backdrop to this tale of mystery and romance that focuses on the necessity of love and forgiveness as well as the magnitude of God's mercy." --RT Book Reviews
About the Author
Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Ann lives with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Laura Jane, in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at www.anntatlock.com.
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Her lofty attitude makes this story even more intriguing, when she finds out about the bootlegging business being run practically under her nose. It's hard for her to admit that the motives of some people for choosing to be involved are not only easy to understand but pretty hard to refuse. Could doing the wrong thing actually seem the more noble, no-brainer choice in some circumstances? Most shocking of all to Eve is the question of whether she herself could be convinced to turn a blind eye.
The time period is a perfect choice for examining moral dilemmas. The Great Depression was driving honest people to be desperate, while at the same time, many longed for a simple drink to drown their problems but the Prohibition prevented them. A 'silly' law brings out the best and worst in people.
I like the ups and downs in Eve's conscience, as she yo-yos between self-righteousness and overwhelming guilt. Although she hates to think her moral standards are failing her, the story makes us wonder whether she is, in fact, becoming a kinder and stronger person than she used to be when she thought she was a paragon. The town is aptly named Mercy, and the implicit question is whether Eve is behaving closer to God's heart when she lets mercy guide her instead of judgment.
I loved Eve's relationship with her parents, and the love and trust she knew she'd receive from them. Her father, Drew Marryat, was dyslexic, although that term wasn't used back then, and he felt over-shadowed by his two outwardly successful older brothers. He was a sympathetic character and I was surprised when it was revealed why the relationship wasn't as rosy in Eve's mind as it came across on paper. It gets us wondering whether our hang-ups may be based on reality or in our own heads.
What I liked least was the unsatisfactory wrap-up for my favourite character. Without revealing plot spoilers by naming him, he was the one person whose story I found even more compelling than Eve's. Having my heart touched so deeply by this character, I hated being left to wonder about his future from the vague hints we were given. It made me groan, because I wanted so much more for him, as his part of the story was pivotal to the plot.
However, it was a quick and compelling read which made me think.
Police raids and shooting, young love and mature love, clean fun, suspense. Very well written keeping the reader on the edge of their seat until the very end. Positive spiritual input, but not preachy at all. Not too predictable.
I read another of Ann Tatlock's books, "Every Secret Thing," both books are excellent and I highly recommend her writing.
Ann Tatlock is known for multilayered characters and themes.
I depend on Tatlock's books to showcase characters that struggle with right and wrong, make sense of the difficult, and deal with the culture or history of their time. Something in us longs for a perfect world and lasting love, to believe people are good, and life is fair. Sweet Mercy certainly gives the reader a wealth of characters--can Eve face the truth when life isn't fair and people aren't good? Mysterious Jones--does someone relegated to a desk and radio deserve better?
Normally, I see the overarching theme and catch secondary patterns, but the minor themes were not as forthcoming for me. Reading the discussion questions on her webpage filled in the gaps. With these in mind, I will reread the book and come away more satisfied.
Sweet Mercy gives a realistic approach to the Twenties and the moral issues of the day. Then as now, the only way to true change for culture and individuals is through Christ's transforming power. A moral compass is desperately needed. Indeed, Eve, some things are gray but others should be glaring black and white.
I recommend this read as well as other Tatlock books.
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