Monday, June 10, 2013
Book Review - Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock
I received this book in the mail last week, and I started reading it outside while Lydia was playing with the chickens. Before I knew it, I was 7 chapters along and it was dinner time. The story is set during Prohibition and the Great Depression. The main character is 17-year-old Eve, who moves with her parents to her uncle's lodge after her father loses his job. She thinks she is escaping bootlegging and lawlessness in the small town of Mercy, Ohio, but she is surprised to find that trouble can be found anywhere.
This book is well-written with varied, interesting characters. I appreciated that the bootleggers and gangsters were neither glamorized nor demonized in this book but were presented as real people, capable of both good and evil. The ending of the book was not a surprise, but that didn't bother me. Even when I was pretty sure how the story would end up, I didn't want to put the book down. I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it. I plan on looking into reading more books by this author. I had never read any of Ann Tatlock's books before, but I certainly think I would enjoy another one of hers.
I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of writing a review, but the opinions are my own.