Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sweet Mercy



Stunning New Novel from Award-Winning Author

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?

My Review:

A thought-provoking coming of age story that's a real page turner. Tatlock tackles black and white issues with shades of gray. She really got me thinking.

Eve is so idealistic and naive -- and feeling just a tad superior --  at the beginning of the book. Her story, told in first person, allows us to feel and see everything from her point of view and that delivers an emotional read that is gut-wrenching at times.

Secondary characters flesh out a riveting plot and bring substance to a timeless story that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. A stunning, lose-yourself-in-the-moment read.

Giveway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Sweet Mercy, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 19 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. Oh, I love Ann Tatlock! Not only does she tell page-turning stories, but isn't her prose fabulous? This book is on my bedstand right now--can't wait to get to it!

    (As I already have the book, don't enter me in your contest.)

  2. You are going to love it, Brenda! Enjoy!

  3. I haven't read one of Ann's books yet. Would love to be entered in the draw. Thanks for another great giveaway, Kav!

  4. Your welcome, Cheryl. Good luck!

  5. I haven't read a book by Ann Tatlock before. The storyline alone really makes me want to read it and a page turner too!


  6. I would love to read this one! :-) Your review has sold me... a lost in the moment book has got to be good! Thank you for the giveaway!
    Faith mickeydog(AT)myfairpoint(DOT)net

  7. Good luck Carol and Faith!

  8. I love coming of age stories and I think the time setting in this book is going to look at so many interesting events. Would love to read this one. Thank you always for the chance, Kav.


  9. It's a fascinating time, Na and I learned some things I hadn't known before. Good luck!

  10. Interesting. Seems like a different story than I usually read but sounds really good.

    Kim LitlePokie(at)aol(dot)com

  11. Sweet Mercy is set in the time period when my parents were newly married, so I am always drawn to the events of that time. Thanks for the chance to win it!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  12. It's an interesting time period, Merry. Good luck!

  13. I don't think I've read any of Ann's books. I have Travelers rest on my Kindle but haven't read it yet!


  14. It's a great read, Patty. Good luck!

  15. love ann's work...thanks for the chance to read her latest novel ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  16. I'd like to try this one...rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

  17. Good luck Karen and Becky!

  18. Dear Kav,
    We have Ann's books in the Church Library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Janet E.

  19. I can't wait to read this book! Sounds like an interesting plot!

    I got When Love Calls in the mail yesterday. Thank-you!!!


  20. I've been wanting to read a book by Anne Tatlock. This one sounds interesting. Thank you for offering a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  21. I love the cover. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  22. I've read one of Ann Tatlock's books and really enjoyed her writing. It would be great to win a copy of Sweet Mercy. Thanks for the chance to win.


  23. I'd love to read this author for the first time!


  24. I heard this was amazing! I haven't read any of hers yet. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com