Eve Marryat was a naïve young girl who believed her family was good in the midst of bootleggers and notorious murderers and gangsters. She was excited to be leaving the horrors of St. Paul for the “safe haven” of Mercy, Ohio. After her father lost his job during the depression, her Uncle Cy invited them to live and work at his Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge.
Eve’s naïveté and innocence did not prepare her for the truth. Her uncle and the lodge are not what they seem and Eve refuses to believe otherwise. She forms an unlikely friendship with a young man named Link who she believes is a bum only looking for handouts and liquor.
The story begins when Eve’s grandson wants to know what happened at the Marryat Lodge and what was so important she had to return to find. She tells a story of the Great Depression, Prohibition, Al Capone, and her summer at Marryat Island Ballroom and Lodge—the summer that changed her life and her idealistic belief that people could be good, law-abiding citizens if they only knew right and wrong.
Even though the plot and ultimate result is predictable, I enjoyed the romancing of the young and innocent Eve Marryat. She wanted people to be good. She even tried to demand it, but she learned the hard way that people aren’t always good. Neither are they always what they seem.
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