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Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while rumors of war threaten her kingdom. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that he is not only a prince but also the son of her father’s greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.
Meanwhile, the mermaid princess, Lenia, longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart.
A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, it will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.
Carolyn Turgeon is the author of the novels Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, and The Next Full Moon. She lives in Pennsylvania and is at work on her next novel, a retelling of Rapunzel.
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By Joshua on 08-13-12
Would you try another book from Carolyn Turgeon and/or Rosalyn Landor?
Rosalyn Landor is a fabulous narrator! I would listen to anything. And she made this sorta okay book bearable.
Would you ever listen to anything by Carolyn Turgeon again?
Maybe. This book as an excellent idea and started off with a great idea. But then fell apart at then end. I did not feel satisfied with the ending nor was the ending true to the original fairytale (which I love).
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By A. Susan Adam on 12-27-12
Wow-I loved it
Would you listen to Mermaid again? Why?
I would, and I plan to...listen to it again, that is. What a great story. I was entranced by it because I could never quite tell where it was going to next. It was unexpected and wonderful. As in life, things just never quite worked out the way the characters hoped it would, because we are all fallible creatures.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It was hard to say...there was the princess and the mermaid. I was cheering for both...but they were at cross purposes, so they couldn't both win.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful