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The Old Mermaid's Tale Paperback – 1 Jul 2007
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Where to begin... WOW!
This was such a good book that I don't know where to begin with a review. I'm almost at a loss for words. But it was such a good book. A wonderful story of love, laughter, love, tears, friendships forever and new beginnings. It had it all plus emotions that I would not have any idea how to write.
I absolutely LOVED this story from start to the very last word.
Claire was a small town farmer's daughter who was a romantic at heart. She went away to college and met new people that will stay with you forever. When she met Pio I thought wow, he's perfect for her. But that was not meant to be. In comes this drop dead gorgeous somewhat older man who stole her heart from the first. Their love was nothing short of magical. He was such a lost soul and through Claire's eyes he learned beauty, love, trust and much more that made him want to do better. His music was his life and it is like you can hear it while reading. Everything seemed to pull you in and make you a part of this awesome place. To me it was just a perfect story from start to finish. Although I was so sad that Claire and Baptiste went separate ways their love was still strong and true. It was magical....
I had so many emotions reading this book and loved it all. I will most definitely be reading more by this author. It's another 5 star book for me and I'm so glad. I hate to read anything less.
I know nothing of the Great Lakes area only having visited there briefly, but I learned a lot about it in this story. The setting enhanced the characters and added heart-stopping moments to the plot. The icy cold. The danger that fishermen face. The loss of lives and shattering of families. All of that knitted together to make a vivid backdrop to the drama.
I have to add that the comic moments were perfect. One of the best scenes comes in the diner between Karen and Clair. That is still vivid in my mind and very satisfying. What is even better is that in the end the irritating and obnoxious Karen has moved beyond those early years and I had to like her.
While romance is at the heart of Clair's story, so is her coming of age and coming to terms with what real life offers up. There were tears for Pio, then more for Baptiste. I have to thank you, Ms. Valentine for Christian and for wrapping up your story with a lovely twist that seemed perfect to me.
I believe I downloaded this book onto my Kindle some time ago. It was on sale and the mermaids called to me. Like my book shelves, titles also sit in the virtual world of my Kindle. A hard habit to break. The other night I was looking for something to read and for the first time noticed the subtitle. The Old Mermaid's Tale A Romance of the Great Lakes. That's all it took. I searched no further and began to read.
Clair has grown up on a farm in Ohio. She longs for something more from life. When she heads to a small private college on the shores of Lake Erie, her world suddenly expands beyond anything she has ever known. I liked Clair. She had a good solid head on her shoulders that became clouded by love as any college girl would. She makes friends and finds lovers in the less desirable neighborhoods along the shores of the lake. Clair loves the stories they can tell of life and loss at the hands of the powerful water comparing them to the yarns she heard as a child that the farmers spin.
The author did a wonderful job of setting the scenery in this novel. The characters were rich and believable. I wanted to know them. The only thing that didn't resonate with me was the relationship between Clair and Baptiste, the older French musician she cherished as her soul mate. Their story was the bulk of the novel. Their lovemaking over powered their relationship for me as a reader. Maybe that was just my interpretation since I wanted to read about the call of the lake just as the mermaid calls to a sailor. Often the sex took over and that wasn't what I was looking for when I chose to read The Old Mermaid's Tale.
If you long for romance, this tale has plenty. If you are being called to the power of the water, the mermaid had only a small role.