Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (May 1, 2013)
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.
Daddy fidgeted in the chair beside me. He picked up the cap he’d laid across his knee and squeezed it in both hands. “What about the feds, Neal? You don’t have any revenuers around here you can turn to for help?”
“Prohibition agents here in Mercy?” Captain Macnish laughed out loud. “You’re kidding, right? There’s only a few hundred of those in the whole country, Drew. They’re stretched as thin as your last dollar just trying to keep up with things in the cities. They’re not going to waste their time in a small town like this.”
I looked at Daddy. “That’s what Jones told me, remember?”
One side of Daddy’s mouth drew back as he nodded. “Yeah, I remember.”
Captain Macnish leaned back again in his chair and put both hands behind his head, an unfortunate move as it revealed the two dark moons of sweat under each arm. “Besides,” he said, “those revenuers….” He clicked his tongue and sniffed loudly. “Their pay is so poor half of them are taking bribes from bootleggers just to keep bread on the table.”
Daddy swallowed hard. He stopped kneading his cap and stared at Captain Macnish. “What’s this country come to, Neal?” he said quietly.
The captain sniffed again as he settled his arms on the desk. “I’m telling you, Drew, you try to use a law like Prohibition to put the squeeze on people and a whole bunch of no-good’s going to come out. That’s just the way it is.” He picked up some loose papers on his desk and tapped them into a neat pile, as though we were finished. He slipped them into a file folder and laid it aside. Then he sighed heavily. “There’s some days I hate this job, Drew.”
I really enjoyed this book. It had a different pace than many other young
adult novels, and I liked that. The story was sweet and drew me in right
from the start. I loved following Eve’s experience as the mysteries of the
Lodge unraveled. I really enjoyed the way Eve progressed and changed over the
course of the summer. She learned a lot about bring human.
The content is perfectly clean and would be appropriate for audiences
ages 12 and up. This is a good read for anyone that enjoys historical
fiction, first loves, and a little mystery.