Looking for a tame book for your teenager? “Sweet Mercy” by Ann Tatlock would definitely fit the bill. It’s a gentle coming of age book set in the Prohibition era. FYI: this books is published by Bethany House, so there is a religious element going throughout the book.
The main character, Eve, is very self-righteous. When she comes to help out at her uncle’s Lodge in Ohio, she thinks she knows everything. But pretty soon Eve starts learning that world isn’t black and white, and that there are lots of gray areas that are difficult to navigate. Sometimes the right path, isn’t so easy to discern.
The only thing that bugged me about the book (spoiler alert!) is that at the end, Eve gives up her dream of going to college to become a pastor’s wife.
In my opinion Christian authors need to be very careful about the message they send to young girls, especially with this whole “Quiverfull Movement” out there. Why did Ann Tatlock have to throw that zinger in there at the end?
It wouldn’t have changed the story at all to have allowed Eve to go to college; it would have made the narrative stronger. It probably also helps pastors out a lot to have an educated spouse.
But college issues aside, this is still a great book.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinions and review.