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The Mermaid CollectorMore than a century ago lighthouse keeper Linus Harris left his beloved wife and waded into the ocean with three other men to reunite with their mermaid lovers The mysterious Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 has become legend for the residents of Cradle Harbor Maine honored by the town’s Mermaid Festival every August when wind chimes are hung from seaside porches to drown out the alluring sound of mermaid song For thirty five year old Tess Patterson the legend there a better backdrop for a story than the ocean beaches lighthouses and mermaids? I think not Erika Marks brings to life a story of The Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 to life with Lydia and Linus Harris Linus is the lighthouse keeper in Cradle Harbor Maine in 1887 Together they are simply a young couple setting up a home and hoping to start a family When an unfathomable event occurs changes everything for this couple and the town A century later the legend of Lydia and Linus lives on and is celebrated with a Mermaid Festival For Tess Patterson this is a magical time Tess is a local artist who recently was commissioned to make a mermaid wood carved statue for the townTess is looking for acceptance from the townspeople with their noses in the air Whereas Tom Grace new in town isn't looking to please the community of Cradle Harbor He just wants a fresh start for himself and younger brother Dean Tom and Tess make the perfect couple but is their desire to change their pasts going to doom their future? I LOVED The Mermaid Collector I had begun reading it the day before my dad passed away and finished it the week after his funeral As I read the last few chapters I couldn't put The Mermaid Collector down Not only was this a fantastically written story but Marks wrote with such truth As I read at 3am in the morning tears fell Erika Marks did an amazing job of weaving the two stories together I was completely taken in with Lydia's story You get tid bits along the way so you get an idea of how it will end yet as it draws to a close you want a different ending I just couldn't accept that was how it was going to endAs I read about Tess Tom I just kept wanting them to let go of their past knowing you hinder your future if you are always looking backwardsThe only thing that could have made this a better read was if I could have read it on a New England beach with a hot tea wearing a cable knit sweater with the background sound of waves crashing and the tingling sounds of wind chimes An absolute perfect fall read I highly recommend THE MERMAID COLLECTOR

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Death of his parents left him to care for his reckless brother Dean Now thirty five and the new owner of Cradle Harbor’s prized lightkeeper’s house Tom hopes the uiet town will calm Dean’s self destructive ways But when Tom discovers Tess working on her sculpture an unlikely and passionate affair ignites between them that just might be the stuff of legend itself even as it brings to the surface a long buried secret that could tear everything apa Such a beautiful story A story built around a tale of Cradle Harbors lighthouse keeper Linus his wife Lydia and mermaids The whole town is still to this day affected in many ways by what is referred to as the Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 The mutiny for Tess is a reminder of the magic of childhood and her mother ; for Tom Grace coming to Cradle harbor is a life changing experienceThis book has multiple relationships that are so deftly described you become submerged in this poignant romances losses and familial trialsI loved this book though the main charachters are Linus Lydia Tess and Tom there is so much going on ; secondary characters and there story lines all fit together beautifullyThank you Penguin books Ms Marks and goodreads first reads for a wonderful book my review has in know way been influenced by any of these groups

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read The Mermaid Collector reader Ê Paperback Ú moneyexpresscard Ý More than a century ago lighthouse keeper Linus Harris left his beloved wife and waded into the ocean with three other men to reunite with their mermaid lovers The mysterious Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 has become legend for the residents of CrIs than folklore; it’s proof of life’s magic A hopeless romantic who is profoundly connected to the ocean in which she lost her mother Tess ekes out a living as a wood carver and longs to find a love as mystical as the sea But when she’s hired to carve the commemorative mermaid sculpture for the coming festival a chance to win the town’s elusive acceptance might finally be in her grasp For Tom Grace life’s magic was lost at eighteen when the Nooooo Please Nooooo This book seemed to have such a good premise Old New England town history mermaids lighthouses ocean But after reading The Secret History I am completely spoiled for good writing The writing in this novel is honestly pathetic For exampleHe came up behind her Tess guided his arms around her waist and leaned into his chest or Tess lifted his hand to her lips kissing the fingers one by oneBut in the Secret History which is not a romance btwShe closed her eyes dark lidded dark shadows beneath them; she really was older not the glancing eyed girl I had fallen in love with but no less beautiful for that; beautiful now in a way that less excited my senses than tore at my very heart”― Donna TarttMaybe not the best examples but good writing shows us without simply telling us I can not go on with this one