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?
Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy-Award winning novel Promises to Keep. 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.
First of all, a huge thank you to Brandi for having me as a guest on this fabulous blog site! While my book Sweet Mercy isn’t technically YA, the main character, Eve Marryat, is 17 years old and the story is written from her perspective. So what I’d like to do is think back to when I was 17 and share with you my list of 10 things I wish I’d known at that age.
Ten Things I Wish I’d Known as a 17-year-old
1. I have enough intellect and talent to do what I want to do with my life.
2. It isn’t true that everyone’s life is a fairy tale except mine. There are no fairy tales. That’s why we write them—so we can live them vicariously.
3. Love isn’t the birthright of only those who are outwardly beautiful. Everyone is loveable.
4. Most real happiness springs out of making other people happy.
5. Other people’s opinions about me have no bearing on who I really am.
6. One failure doesn’t brand me as a failure for life.
7. Comparing myself to others only leads to pride on the one hand or heartache on the other, and neither is any good.
8. I can be content with who I am, because my life has a purpose.
9. All those days that seem boring, worthless or insignificant are actually exceedingly precious.
10. Everything that seems like the end of the world….isn’t. Life goes on, and even gets better!
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