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Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock

Going back to where you grew up can certainly bring back a lot of memories. This is the case for Eve Marryat when she heads back to the place she and her family lived one summer. She is looking for something she left behind and finds so much more in Sweet Mercy.

Eve Marryat is living in St. Paul during the height of the prohibition. After her father is laid off, he decides it is time to get out the city and head back to the quiet  rural town he grew up in. He and his family live and work at a resort owned by family members. For Eve, this is summer of growing up. She has her first boyfriend  her first dance, her first job and also learns firsthand about how complex life really can be. Things are no longer so black and white in the world and Eve struggles with what to do with the complexities of life.

I did enjoy reading this book. It is a good one for the beach this summer. While some of the characters and the plots leave something to be desired, over it is a satisfying story to read. It drives home the point that while we may wish we live in a world where everything was black and white or right and wrong, we really live in a world of gray. Daily we run into situations where there is no right answer. That is a powerful reminder to have.

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.


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