|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Mar 2011|
|Number of Pages:||372|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.48|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.25 x 0.75|
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful mermaid who fell in love with a human prince. She risked everything to be with him, sacrificing her voice and her tail. only to lose him to a rival: a real human princess. So goes Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, the basis for Turgeon's (Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story) latest novel. The twist in this version is that it is told from alternating perspectives-we get the story as seen through the eyes of both the mermaid and the human princess.
Where Turgeon excels is in her lyrical prose and ability to explore different points of view. In giving voice to Andersen's relatively anonymous human princess and contrasting her story with that of the mermaid's, Turgeon adds a mature depth to this classic tale of tragic love. The edges are softened; each character's motives and actions are more complex and less easily judged by the reader. The effect is absorbing, poignant, and heartbreaking.
Verdict: Readers who love fairy tale retelling's will find this fresh take difficult to put down.
-Leigh Wright, Bridgewater, NJ
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Two sheltered princesses, one wounded warrior; who will live happily ever after?
Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. 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 not only is he a prince, he is 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 fairytale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.
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