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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 seventee
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Paperback, 313 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers
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Linda Hart
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 with the way she (and all of us) sees and judges ...more
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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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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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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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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Annette
May 13, 2014 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 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 06, 2013 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  (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 something different about him and I was thrilled ...more
Joan
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!!!
Cheron
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
cloying Christian romance. only finished it because it was all I had.
Sara Smith
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
A quick read about an idealistic 17 yr old girl during Prohibition who is very black and white about issues.
Katherine Mcgrath
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Louise
Apr 26, 2013 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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Stacy M. Patton
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Prohibition days when bootlegging was rampid and the eco
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Christine
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Rosie
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good read
Holly
Dec 23, 2013 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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Debbie
Apr 04, 2013 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 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
May 30, 2013 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 10, 2013 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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Jalynn Patterson
Jun 18, 2013 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 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
May 08, 2013 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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Christy
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Mercy is one of those books that you can read quickly because it takes you on such a wonderful ride that you don't want to put it down. From the very first sentence I was caught up in the story. "No one has been this way for years, but as I step up to the porch of the old abandoned lodge I'm certain I can hear music." It's beautiful and mysterious and makes you wonder what happened in that old abandoned lodge.

Eve is a grandmother now and tells her ten year old grandson just what went on at
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Leah
May 01, 2013 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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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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