The Mermaid

From the author of Lost Boy comes a historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea for love and later finds herself in P.T. Barnum's American Museum as the real Fiji mermaid. However, leaving the museum may be harder than leaving the sea ever was.

Once there was a mermaid who longed to know of more than her ocean home and her people. One day a fisherman trapped her in his net but couldn't bear to keep her. But his eyes were lonely and caught her more surely than the net, and so she evoked a magic that allowed her to walk upon the shore. The mermaid, Amelia, became his wife, and they lived on a cliff above the ocean for ever so many years, until one day the fisherman rowed out to sea and did not return.

P. T. Barnum was looking for marvelous attractions for his American Museum, and he'd heard a rumor of a mermaid who lived on a cliff by the sea. He wanted to make his fortune, and an attraction like Amelia was just the ticket.

Amelia agreed to play the mermaid for Barnum, and she believes she can leave any time she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.



My Review

Having watched The Greatest Showman, you can say that my excitement for the circus and P.T. Barnum type stories are drawing me in. Yet, to be honest, it was not all about P.T. Barnum that drew me to this book but the mermaid aspect as well. It has been a long while since I have read a mermaid story.

Instantly, I was transported back in time and within the pages of this story. Reading how Amelia  came to make her way upon land was a very touching story. I mourned with her when her first human husband disappeared and she held hope for him every night by the sea.

Mr. Barnum is the bad guy in this story. Yet, at the same time it was not hard to understand his drive to be a showman. Plus, I think we are all intrigued by things that we can't explain including the mystical. I myself still am a fan of unicorns. The love story between Amelia and Levi was nice.
If you are looking for a gorgeous story filled with love, new chances, character development all wrapped up in a historical fiction, than, look no further then, The Mermaid by Christina Henry. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading more like this from Ms. Henry.

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