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?
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.
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