I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this recent book I read, I may seem like I'm gushing over it. Forgive me in advance. I got a copy of "Sweet Mercy", a novel by Ann Tatlock, from Bethany House Publishers. I can't remember why I even asked for this book - I think I considered it light reading and needed something in that category at the moment. When I got it and realized it was a "coming-of-age" drama set in the Great Depression I felt very let down. I'm not a huge fan of historical novels and thought this would be just another cheesy Christian fiction novel.
I read 24 chapters the first night. The last 13 chapters the next night.
I didn't want to put it down the first night, but my eyes wouldn't stay open any longer without duct tape.
I seriously loved this book. I loved the style with which the author wrote. I loved the characters. There wasn't anyone aggravating or cliche throughout the entire book. The main character Eve, is a bit of a goody-two-shoes character but you love her so much for her goodness and naivety... you can't fault her for some of the things she says. She learns some incredible life lessons along the way too. I loved the story line, which focused on Prohibition and how Eve and her family got mixed up in all that.
I don't want to talk about the book too much and give it away. Just know this - I don't keep a lot of fiction books after I've read them. This is one I'll pass on to several others, but I just might put my name in the front cover to make sure it gets back to me one day.
Oh, and I'll be searching out more Ann Tatlock books, you can count on that.
Thank you to Bethany House, for the book in exchange for my honest review.