There is no cure for being who you truly are.…
In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.
One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.
And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?
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- Lisa H.
Near the top.
I loved them all.
I haven't, but I plan to change that. Kate Rudd did a remarkable job bringing this wonderful story to life! She is remarkably talented!
Yes. Many, but the last part most of all. It was very touching and actually made me shed tears, which I don't normally do.
I rarely leave reviews, but was so moved by the gentle power of this tale that I knew I must make an exception--to pay homage, if you will. The level of talent and dedication required to create a book like this is something I greatly admire. I only wish my words could do it justice. It is, in fact, astonishingly good. I would give it six stars if I could, and am quite grateful to Carrie Anne Noble for the sweat and tears she no doubt shed during its writing.
It is a bright and charming yarn woven by a masterful storyteller into a grand tapestry, the varying landscape of which holds surprising depth. The strands making up said tapestry come together in just the right way, striking the perfect balance between light, dark, and everything in-between. This is part of the reason it feels so real. Art imitates life. Good art imitates it better. Great art imitates it so well that it becomes difficult to tell the difference.
The writing itself is splendid, every word meticulously penned, and the story is undeniably magical, taking the reader through the full range of human emotions. The characters spring off the page, coming to vivid life in a way that is all too rare, possessing that intangible something which makes all true art more than the sum of its parts.
I am not ashamed to admit that this book literally made me laugh and cry, and I'm a 43 year old man not given to such things. The characters feel quite genuine, with all the strengths and weaknesses of real people. Indeed, now that I've reached the end, I actually miss them.
Thank you for writing this, Carrie Anne! You made my week!
- I-C Household