Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock
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 lawbreakers and criminals like so many people in her old neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a “safe haven,” Eve is blissfully unaware that her uncle’s lodge is a transfer station for illegal liquor smuggled from Canada.
Eve settles in to work and makes new friends, including an enigmatic but affecting young man. But when the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. How can she ignore what is happening right under their very noses?
Yet can she risk everything by condemning the man whose love and generosity is keeping her and her family from ruin?
I loved reading about this time in history, which surprised me.
The book is about Eve, a 17 yr. old girl who is learning that life is way more complicated than she thought. It had prohibition, bootleggers, gangsters, and even some romance.
The book is a pretty quick read, and the words flow so easy that you loose track of time. The characters are well defined have many different personalities, which makes the book even more interesting.
I think this would be a good book for anyone to read, even those who don’t think they’d like a book set during this time period.