Friday, November 19, 2010
Inspired by the beloved classic The Little Mermaid, The Mermaid's Pendant is a modern fairy tale about growing up and discovering who you are—and what you believe in. At times lyrical, this novel is a fantastic journey filled with magic, myth, romance, and adventure.
Four years after John Wilkerson claims the mermaid Tamarind for his wife, they have an idyllic marriage that depends on a talisman that she crafted on their island paradise. But Tamarind learns a painful truth: it takes more than legs to live on land and more than magic to sustain a bond. When the talisman breaks, she and John are forced to rely on themselves instead of magic.
Three wise women play key roles in the young lovers’ journey to mature love. Ana, Tamarind’s aging mentor, casts spells and performs seductions to keep the lovers apart. Valerie, an ex-pat jewelry maker cum fairy godmother, works her own magic to bring them together. Lucy, their widowed neighbor, grounds the couple in the realities of marriage, parenting, and family.
The Mermaid's Pendant is a story for anyone who has ever believed in the transforming power of love.
The premise of this story sounded so good. I love the story of the Little Mermaid and the beginning of the book is a modern retelling of that story. The second half is the story of the "happily ever after" and what might happen after the beautiful mermaid, turned human flies off into the sunset with the handsome man? Life, family and employment struggles happen, and magical forces conspire to separate them emotionally.
I wanted to like this story so much. The writing is descriptive, but it's laborious and time consuming. I never connected with the characters and, ultimately, I didn't care enough about them to finish the book. Some will like to know that there is mild profanity and at least one well described scene where an adult sends a child pornography.
Many others loved the book, and you can see other, more positive reviews at The Cajun Book Lady, and Colloquim, and other tour stops here.
Thanks to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Leann Neal Reilly here. You can purchase your own copy here.