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Product details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978594061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978594060
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,150,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just magical.. WOW! 13 Aug. 2016
By lsmoore43 - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first book I've read by this author and definitely won't be the last.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extraordinary read 4 July 2016
By Patricia M. Bonghi - Published on Amazon.com
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I read several of the other reviews and I didn't want to repeat their comments, but it was difficult. Most, if not all of them echo my sentiments about this book. Clair's journey from a young girl into womanhood reminded me of many of the feelings I had at her age. I loved the discussions with her friends and roommates. The characters and places are described in such depth and with such realism that you can see, feel and even hear them! Some even made me laugh out loud. I wanted to weep for their sorrows and dance for their joys! Of course, Baptiste, the mysterious older man is formidable, but also gentle. He has his own demons to deal with, but is basically a kind and tender man. This is a beautiful and sensual love story, and SO much more. This partial quote taken from the book defines it's essence for me, "that seeing the world through loving eyes the commonplace was made extraordinary". This is an extraordinary book and I am hoping there will be a sequel!!
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than Another Romance 10 Sept. 2016
By C. Lee McKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't usually read romance, but when I sampled the opening of this book, I was captured by the rhythm of the prose and the poignant voice of a character I immediately became curious about. I had the sense that this would not be an ordinary love/lust/happy-ever-after book, so I bought it. I'm so glad I did because not only did that first character not disappoint, none of the others did either. Not a character in The Old Mermaid's Tale is shorted in development. I wanted to go to Canal Street, walk into Clair's diner or the Mermaid Inn and seek their company.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The call of the mermaid 10 May 2013
By Linda C. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a nut about all things about Cleveland, the State of Ohio and the Great Lakes. Don't ask me why. I grew up in Cleveland and could have cared less while I lived there. Now that I've moved elsewhere, I'm fascinated by the rich history and culture of the area.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, compelling writing 29 Dec. 2011
By D. E. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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There are two outstanding elements of this novel. The one that makes it most worth your time is the writing. This writer has managed to capture the essence of those quiet moments we all have, the compelling ones when you are sitting somewhere and what feels like a life-altering truth in all its simplicity explodes inside your being so profoundly you suddenly feel as if you have grasped the whole purpose of our existence if only for a moment. There are several of these in this novel, poetically written, and they alone are worth reading it for. The second reason to read this novel is the depth of the human characters which she has drawn so realistically you feel as if you have lived your life amongst them. One particular character has stayed with me long after reading- that of Baptiste. He is the man Clair falls in love with, the first great love of her life, perhaps the greatest as we don't get to see her whole life here (and something more is alluded to at the end.) Baptiste is a tortured soul, and as such he is compassionate and sensitive- and wise beyond his 42 years. He is generous and respectful, and wants more for Clair than she wants for herself. I was thrilled with how the author dealt with "twenty years later" because I can competely relate to where Clair was and believe I would've wanted the same. The men in this book- every last one- are portrayed with more heart and sensitivity than novels or the media typically portray men, which is a refreshing change. Clair does come across naive and annoying at times but she is young and can be forgiven her ignorance. Really, this book is excellent and anyone looking for a novel with heart should pick it up. It will surprise you! As a writer I read constantly and I only review the books that intrigue me. This one is worth your time.
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