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A beautifully crafted fantasy that shows much symbolism and wisdom, "The Mermaid's Pendant" is a fine pick that shouldn't be missed.

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About the Author

LeAnn Neal Reilly graduated with a master's degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives outside Boston. This is her first novel.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: Zephon Books (March 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982687508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982687505
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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According to Kirkus Reviews, LeAnn Neal Reilly writes novels "about resilient women caught in magical, otherworldly circumstances." She grew up in the Midwest, migrated east to Pittsburgh for graduate school, and then migrated even farther east to the Boston suburbs where by day she raises three children. In the slivers of time that she calls her own, she writes novels. It's a tough job, and most days she forgets to don her tights.

Her first novel, "The Mermaid's Pendant," reimagines the Hans Christian Andersen/Disney fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" as a contemporary fantasy in which the mermaid learns to live happily ever after as a human wife and mother in the suburbs.

Her second novel, "Saint Sebastian's Head," uses the martyrdom of St. Sebastian, a favorite among medieval and Renaissance artists, as a metaphor for the suffering that the protagonist, a woman nicknamed Weeble, must endure and overcome.

"The Last Stratiote" is her third novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Molly on November 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
Growing up in the 80's, and still quite young in the 90's, one of my favorite fairy tale stories and movies, was The Little Mermaid. I wanted all of the beautiful, sweet Ariel's thingamabob's and whatchamajigs. Or, rather, I really enjoyed saying those "big" words. So, I though it would be neat to relive my childhood through LeAnn Neal Reilly's The Mermaid's Pendant. I must confess, though, that I never imagined it would be a book this HUGE(over 572 pages!). Upon starting this book, I came to the conclusion of why it's so big- it's a 2 volumes in 1 book and it's both a mystical romance and a lesson in true love, and filled with absolutely LOVABLE characters!

In volume 1,we meet John (though he's certainly no Prince Eric!) and Tamarind (she's really as close to Ariel as one can get!), the characters of Reilly's adult version of The Little Mermaid. This version is a bit more pronounced and lively than the story we know from Disney. Oh, don't get me wrong. There's a mystical side to the story through Tamarind, who's del mar (of the sea) and Ana(much like Ursula, the sea witch, in the movie), the "witch", but it's different than the classic fairy tale version. In volume 1, Reilly tells of how Tamarind and John must fall in love and bind themselves together in bed to seal Tamarind's transformation into a permanent human and be with John forever. Tamarind and her "Goddess" pendant that she made with a magical moonstone given to her by her dear friend Valerie, depend on John's love to have a happily ever after life. Simply put: The Little Mermaid, adult style.

In volume 2, Reilly tells of John and Tamarind's marriage. What life is like being married. It's wonderful for John and Tamarind...that is until the Goddess pendant is missing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Sutton on November 12, 2010
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I have never read the story about the Little Mermaid, nor have I even seen the Disney cartoon. Hey, I have boys, and it's not their thing. So I can't give it a plus or minus on how closely it fits to the actual fairy tale. In regards to the length of this book, I could easily see it divided into two or three books. It was too long, and could have been more effective if it was a series. That said, there were a lot of things to like about this book. I loved how the first part of the story was set in Puerto Rico. I don't recall ever reading a novel in this setting before, so that was nice.

The characterization was also pretty good. I felt like I knew John and Tamarind on a deeper level than the other characters because I understood much of their internal conflict. On the flip side there were too many points of view, though there was thankfully no head hopping. That would've driven me crazy. I don't think it was necessary to be in so many people's heads. Maybe Ana's, John's, Tamarind's and Zoe's. The rest seemed to bog things down. And while I liked Lucy, I am not sure why she was in there as deeply as she was toward the end. Yeah, she was a good version of an old mentor, but all of the complex stuff with her kids and grandkids seemed to take away from the overall story.

I did like the subplot with the medicine and the crooked doctors at John's company, though I'm not sure I needed that much detail either, or any of the points of view. It would have been just as enjoyable with less. Their were spurts of faith in Jesus and God mentioned in the book, but more from a religious perspective. I was surprised (in a good way) that a few characters prayed once or twice. I didn't really get the magic part of the story or the reason that Ana was so set on messing with Tamarind's life.
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When Tamarind gazed at and wondered about humans, she felt a pull. A tug at her emotions that told her there was something big she was missing out on. Well. It was something big alright, maybe just not what she was truly looking for.

Tamarind couldn't just leave the poor creature to flounder in the waves. If left to Mother Sea, his fate most certainly would be death. Choosing to rescue this unknown; Tamarind marvels at the feel of his skin, the heat of his breath, even the look of his strange feet. She's too curious. She must leave at once! But, she can't let this encounter be. Later, she feels she simply must find this man and learn more about him. There is something inside of her telling her that this human is meant to be a part of her. There is a tug at her heart that won't be unheard. With the naivety of the young, Tamarind follows her heart. She chooses to walk among the humans, to take this adventure to its end. But, will the "end" be worth it?

John, a tech savvy self-proclaimed geek has fallen for the girl who saved his life. She haunts his dreams, enters his every thought. Her fiery-red, untamed hair is all he can think about. The locals tease him; tell him that maybe his mystery gal is a mermaid. He scoffs at the idea, believing that they are simply poking fun at the gringo. But, are they? Could this "girl of his dreams" really be a creature of the sea?

Being human isn't easy at the best of times...even for us humans. Imagine being thrust into a world so foreign to you that you choose to simply go blindly, trusting that your Goddess will protect you. But, your life as a mer; your total lack of comprehension when it comes to human emotions, only serves to help stack the cards against you. Then, your Goddess becomes broken.
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