Sweet Mercy

Sweet Mercy

In this coming-of-age drama, when Eve Marryat's father is laid off from the Ford Motor Company in 1931, he must leave St. Paul, Minn., and move back to Ohio. 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 17, 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 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 truly trust Link? Written by Ann Tatlock of Asheville and published by Bethany House. Softcover, 320 pages, $13.68. E-book, $10.49.

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