Monday, July 1, 2013
I cannot remember EVER not liking one of Ann's books, and she has long been on my list of favorite authors. This historical fiction novel centers around the Depression, and also focuses on gangsters, prohibition and bootleggers. The characters were endearing and I felt like I really knew the Marryat family by the end of this book. The story unfolds naturally and while there is a lot of action and suspense, Ann writes this book in such a way that you easily fall into the story and live it with these characters. If you have yet to discover Ann's writing, I highly recommend this book.
About The Book
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?