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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
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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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 being so. I struggled a little with Eve's black and wh
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Sara Smith
Oct 06, 2016 Sara Smith rated it liked it
A quick read about an idealistic 17 yr old girl during Prohibition who is very black and white about issues.
Jodie
Jul 14, 2013 Jodie rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2013
Eve's father is part of the downsizing at Ford Motor during the depression. Unsure of how to make ends meet, they accept an offer from Eve's Uncle Cy to come back to Mercy and help him with his lodge. At the lodge, Eve finds herself falling in love and being among those who don't obey the law. She discovers that life isn't all that she thought it would be in Mercy.

I'm not really sure where to begin with this book. I thought it was interesting that it was a reflection back to a certain time of E
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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 makes this story even more intriguing, when she fi
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Annette
May 13, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing
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 sanitarium in New York state. Her son Jones, continues to
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Melanie
May 06, 2013 Melanie rated it it was amazing
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 live and work at the Marryat Island Ballroom and L
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Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
May 08, 2013 Aimee (Getting Your Read On) rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounding up

I'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 summer never to be forgotten. Eve is pretty idealist
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Beth  (Curling Up With A Good Book)
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 something different about him and I was thrilled ...more
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!!!
Cheron
Jul 15, 2013 Cheron rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
cloying Christian romance. only finished it because it was all I had.
Katherine Mcgrath
Sep 05, 2013 Katherine Mcgrath rated it did not like it
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Louise
Apr 26, 2013 Louise rated it it was amazing
Story Description:

Baker Publishing Group|May 1, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-7642-1046-4

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
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Rosie
Nov 13, 2016 Rosie rated it really liked it
Good read
Pam
Nov 14, 2016 Pam rated it it was amazing
Another good book by Ann Tatlock, with many layers.
Holly
Dec 27, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-2013
Many books are set in the decade of the 1930's, not as many cover the Prohibition era in the way that this one does. Probably because the perspective that Eve takes isn't as popular, and to be honest just gets a bit too much at times. What seems to matter is the change that takes place for everyone. The setting that provides a backdrop to the novel is also astounding as well. Tatlock knows how to capture the time they are living in without over doing it, and writes without any cheesiness.

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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 owns and runs the Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge
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Debbie
Apr 04, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

I was drawn inside this book in the first paragraph “No one has been by this way for years, but as I step up to the porch of the old abandoned lodge I’m certain I hear music. Music and laughter. Footsteps and telephones ringing. And a thousand voices coming not from far away but from long ago, reaching me now the way the light of a burned-out star reaches earth thousands of years after the star itself is gone.” I was hooked by this narrative and wanted to know more abou
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Sherri Smith
Jun 09, 2013 Sherri Smith rated it really liked it
For me alot of times, it is the cover art that will sell me on a book, that and the description on the back. So the cover art on this particular book intrigued me, but the back, I had to read several times to figure out if I really wanted to read the book. Finally, I threw aside my hesitations and went for it. I’m glad I did.

I received my book in the mail on Friday, and started it sporadically on Saturday. By Saturday evening, I was fully dedicated to ready the book, unable to stop until it was
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Sherri
Jul 21, 2016 Sherri rated it really liked it
For me alot of times, it is the cover art that will sell me on a book, that and the description on the back. So the cover art on this particular book intrigued me, but the back, I had to read several times to figure out if I really wanted to read the book. Finally, I threw aside my hesitations and went for it. I’m glad I did.

I received my book in the mail on Friday, and started it sporadically on Saturday. By Saturday evening, I was fully dedicated to ready the book, unable to stop until it was
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Denice
Apr 20, 2013 Denice rated it really liked it
Cover: It’s alright…

First thought:

She has a grandson!!! I wonder who she married…

Eve:

Let me get this straight… I HATE HER… I hate her because her sense of what is right is skewed… She’s a dreamer if she thinks that all people will follow all the rules or laws… She must consider that sometimes someone must break the law in order to attain something, especially if it is a life or death situation… But I think she’s like this because she witnessed a terrible event in her life, I can’t really blame h
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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 very few are well-off or even able to find employment ste
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Jalynn Patterson
Jun 19, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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 h
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Grace
Jul 14, 2013 Grace rated it liked it
Book Review: Sweet Mercy

Author: Ann Tatlock

Review by Grace Olson

This novel is set in the Great Depression era, a period in our nation's history that I find particularly interesting as my grandma grew up during this difficult time. So without further ado, Sweet Mercy.

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Sweet Mercy was written from Eve's first-person point of view, something that I wished had been different as I would have liked to get into the heads of the other characters. That being said, had the book been w
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Sally
Where is the line between good and bad? Can a person be both? When should you mind your own business or get involved in something you witness? These are the questions Eve is forced to confront one summer when her life is turned upside down. Eve is a supporter of Prohibition, even while she reluctantly acknowledges how badly the law has failed. For her, it’s a clear cut issue. Her definition of a good person is, “Someone who keeps the law,” and, therefore, all bootleggers and moonshiners are bad ...more
Jasmine
Jun 26, 2013 Jasmine rated it it was amazing
One of the best historical fiction books that I have read so far this year!

Ann Tatlock did such a wonderful job with Eve. She captured the in-between of being a 17 year girl perfectly, mature one moment and the next feeling like a little girl. Eve has a lot to learn about life and people, but what better place and time than a lodge full of summer visitors during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Eve thinks she knows right and wrong, everything is black and white, but as she spends time with
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Leah
Aug 06, 2013 Leah rated it really liked it
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 grands
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Jennifer
Jul 09, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Set during the time of Prohibition and during the Great Depression of the 30's, this was a nostalgic feeling novel even for someone like myself who did not live through this time period. It made me want to grab a big glass of iced tea and curl up with the book until I was finished reading it.

The book begins with the main character Eve visiting her childhood home (an Inn in Ohio) with her grandson. She is searching for a box and begins to answer questions that her grandson is asking. Her sharing
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Catherine
Jul 13, 2013 Catherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sweet Mercy
by Ann Tatlock

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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 man
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Laura
Jul 08, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
This is the second book I read by Ann Tatlock, and once again I really enjoyed her storytelling. It's a great summer read.

Sweet Mercy is a coming-of-age story set during the Great Depression and Prohibition. When Eve Marryat's father loses his job, they move away from crime-ridden St. Paul, Minnesota and move back to where her father grew up in Ohio. Eve's Uncle Cyrus has invited her family to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge, where Eve and her family have spent past summer
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KyBunnies
Originally posted at Bunny's Review



I honestly did not know what to expect when reading this book. The synopsis sounded interesting but I thought this is not something I will like. I read this book because I enjoy stepping out side my normal reading genre. This book was more than I expected. It surpassed everything I thought it might be and show me everything I loved about reading.

My brief opinion on the description. Eve's father is laid-off during the great depression. Eve actually thought they
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Ann Tatlock is a novelist and children’s book author. Her books have received numerous awards, including the Christy Award, the Midwest Book Award and the Silver Angel Award for Excellence in Media. She also serves as managing editor of Heritage Beacon, the historical fiction imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She lives with her family in Western North Carolina.
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