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.
St. Paul seemed like a haven for gangsters, and Eve had grown fearful of living there. At seventeen, she considers her family to be “good people.” They aren’t lawbreakers and criminals like so many people in her old neighborhood. Thrilled to be moving to a “safe haven,” Eve is blissfully unaware that her uncle’s lodge is a transfer station for illegal liquor smuggled from Canada.
Eve settles in to work and makes new friends, including an enigmatic but affecting young man. But when the reality of her situation finally becomes clear, Eve is faced with a dilemma. How can she ignore what is happening right under their very noses? Yet can she risk everything by condemning the man whose love and generosity is keeping her and her family from ruin?
This was an interesting book to read. It portrayed the dilemmas of prohibition from a young girl’s perspective. The author is very descriptive and her characters are well-developed. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I do like her style and hope to read more. The story held my attention and I was anxious to read the outcome. The is sure to be a favorite among Christian readers and would provide a lot of information and topics of discussion for a book group. I would recommend this to fellow Christian fiction readers as the story does not disappoint.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not obligated to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.