Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

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Stunning coming-of-age drama set during the Great Depression and Prohibition

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.

Eve can’t wait to leave St. Paul, a notorious haven for gangsters. At seventeen, 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 of her situation finally 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 trust Link in spite of appearances?


Eve welcomes the chance to leave their home in Minnesota and move back to Ohio. Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge sounds like just the fun place to be, with working there with the uncle. But what will they find when they get there.

With characters that play their parts so well in Sweet Mercy, Ann Tatlock gives readers an intriguing read that will stay with them for a while. I like Eve, her personality is fun and she wants to make sure everything is OK with their uncle and his running his company. I admire her for wanting to expose the people she loved for not doing the right thing. Sometimes that has to happen. Eve just wants to be away from illegal things like moonshinning, bootlegging and other things that are on the wrong side of the law. She has a decision to make, but what will happen with her decision. That’s what you will find out in this book by Ann Tatlock. It has been a few years since this book was written but it’s just as good today as it was then. I encourage you to check this book out.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this book. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


Ann Tatlock
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Ann Tatlock

Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association “Book of the Year” in fiction for both All the Way Home and I’ll Watch the Moon. Her…

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“In this coming-of-age novel, Christy winner Tatlock manages to offer readers an eclectic mixture of suspense and romance combined with deeply rooted historical elements… [She] presents endearing but flawed characters who prompt readers to explore their own bases for judgment and ethical criticism.”

Publishers Weekly

“Lush physical descriptions offer a pleasing backdrop to this tale of mystery and romance that focuses on the necessity of love and forgiveness as well as the magnitude of God’s mercy.”

RT Book Reviews

CFBA Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingTraveler’s Rest

Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)


Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association “Book of the Year” in fiction for both All the Way Home and I’ll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her “one of Christian fiction’s better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories.” Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.

A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment…

AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living…

A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it’s too late to be forgiven…

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She’s engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard’s 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he’s returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn’t seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.

Seth isn’t happy to see her. He’d asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she’s determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

Beautifully written, Travelers Rest takes readers on a journey through pain and tragedy to a place of hope and redemption.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Traveler’s Rest, go HERE.



Wow this is not what I was expecting when I started this book. Jane Morrow and Seth Ballantine, a couple that had known each other since they were children, were now getting married. Seth is on assignment in Iraq, and never did he think he would end up wounded and back home, in bed, with someone having to wait on him, for everything. He couldn’t do anything for himself. For Jane, this was ok because she loves Seth, and is willing to take care of him, no matter what. But will Seth really let Jane be his nurse for life?

I encourage you to grab a copy of this very interesting and intriguing story to read and enjoy for yourself. I will assure you, you will look and think about those serving our country, as well as their love ones and families in an entirely different way after you read this book.

A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Publishers through CFBA. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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