Over Her Head

  • by Nora Fleischer
  • Narrated by Anna Starr
  • 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Maine, 1905: historian Frances Schmidt travels north in hopes of reading lawyer Garrett Hathaway's collection of books about mermen and mermaids. Ready to charm a crotchety old man, she's surprised to find a handsome young music-lover. But while Garrett seems more than willing to be her friend, he shies from getting any closer.
Garrett is hiding a terrible secret - no one knows that he is a merman. When he touches salt water, he sprouts gills and a blue, scaly tail. Despite his growing love for Frances, he is certain that she will see him as a monster if she ever learns the truth.
Can Frances change his mind? Or is she in over her head?

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What the Critics Say

"It is ultimately a very human, very humane, story about two people, neither of whom is precisely "normal," in society's understanding of human terms. It is sweet, it is charming, it possesses an innocence and an exuberance, as well as a sense of hopefulness that I found touching and uplifting." (Janet, Dear Author)

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Unique mermaid story.

I loved listening to this story. It's unique that it's set in the early 1900's and about young women setting out to fulfill her dreams. Once she got to where she needed to go, she found more than what she knew she would. She fell in love with a young man but he has a secret. His secret kept him from telling her how he felt about her. Little does she know that once they kissed it would change her life forever.
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- T. Lykins

3.5 Stars

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
I love mermaid books so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review this book. Over Her Head is situation in the year 1905. It is a story about a young woman who was the only woman at Winthrop University studying history. She was completing her dissertation on merfolk but was having difficulties finding sources. Upon learning of a man in Maine that had an extensive library on merfolk, she takes off from Boston and shows up on his doorstep. I’m not going to go into anymore details because I hate spoilers. But I will say that Francis and Garrett have an interesting set of interactions. There is also the “lovely” woman, Mrs. Cooper, that Francis boards at her home…that woman is definitely a piece of work!! In the end, things work out pretty much as I figured they would; but at least it’s a happy ending.
Overall, the story is decent but the narration on the audio version is not the best. I understand that it takes a lot to edit out background noises, but there were some places when the sound of the pages being turned was a bit annoying. The narrator also did not have much voice variation, and that did not help give voice to the story. But she spoke clear and concise. One thing that was very well done, was the descriptions of Garrett’s home. I could definitely picture it, and would love to see it! I give this book a rating of 3.5 STARS.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2015
  • Publisher: Jennifer Lee Goloboy