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“An elegant and enchanting story about rescuing ourselves by saving each other, and a beautiful reminder of the magic and mystery we hold in our hearts.”—Eleanor Brown, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Weird Sisters

“Magical! The Mermaid Collector had me immediately transported to the windswept cove at Cradle Harbor, feeling the mist on my face and the sand under my feet—and looking for mermaids at every turn.”—Sarah Jio, Author of The Violets of March and The Bungalow

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“Spicy, delicious, and filled with surprises.”—Adriana Trigiani, New York Times Bestselling Author of Don’t Sing at the Table

“A debut like this doesn’t come along often—this is women’s fiction to be savored...a winner.”—Library Journal (Starred Review)  

About the Author

On the winding road to publishing, Erika Marks has worked as a carpenter, an illustrator, an art director for a woodworking magazine, and a cake decorator. A native New Englander, raised in Maine, she now lives and writes love stories set by the sea in North Carolina. She is the author of the novels LITTLE GALE GUMBO, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR, THE GUEST HOUSE, and IT COMES IN WAVES.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451237927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451237927
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #764,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is 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 town.

Tess 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 end.
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Tess, a 35 y/o woman, in the town of Cradle Harbor, Maine walks a fine line between wanting to be accepted by the townfolk and wanting to tell the townfolk off for never accepting her or her free-spirited artist mother. Tess, however, is on the verge of being accepted by town- they've asked her to create a mermaid sculpture for the Mermaid festival.

Tom Grace, a young man who inherits the prized lightkeepers house along with his brother, Dean- learns quickly that certain townfolks are not hospitable to newcomers- especially when they wanted the lighthouse to be kept for histroical reason.

Tom and Tess meet- Tess with her magical ways, believer in astrology and signs and Tom, a practical and steady guy- will it be a case of opposites-attract? Will they both have found something they desperately need in the other?

The Mermaid Collector alternates between today's voice and the 1887's- weaving the plot lines together to make an interesting story of love, trust, forgiveness, mistakes, and the magical things of everyday life- into a tale that is hard to put down and will leave the reader in a happy place.

Highly recommend.
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I have found such a treasure in a new author and her amazing work of literature! Not to mention she is a local author as well. I cannot convey my enthusiasm about this book, but I am going to try as I put my thoughts into this book review. This book was full of history, love, and even a tad bit of mystery. I enjoyed every single aspect about this book and am so hungry for more. I am going to encourage readers now to go and pick up a copy of this book because I cannot wait until I get to the end of this review to do so!

Erika Marks is highly talented as a writer and I say this because she did something successfully that I am usually not a fan of in any book. She paralleled two stories that happened in two completely different time periods and had several different main characters. She did this flawlessly! In one story readers are given present day Cradle Harbor, Maine, and in another story readers are given a story from 1887 that explains the legend of the Mermaid Mutiny and the lives of Linus and Lydia Harris. Essentially we are given two amazing love stories for the price of one! Erika, you are an absolute literary genius!

Linus and Lydia Harris was the young couple that were lighthouse keepers in Cradle Harbor, Maine in 1887 and there story is not one to be missed. The mystery/ghost story that I referred to comes from these two. Their story is raw and emotional and yes, highly eerie, so much that it gave me chills. I loved Lydia and her devotion to her husband even though she had a strong dislike for the sea. She had to love him, right? I loved Lydia's character the most and I was so drawn to her story. Erika weaves in a beautiful piece of history by including the lives of Linus and Lydia.
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The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks
Have read many of the authors other works and have enjoyed them. This one starts out in the present day and she is finishing up her sculpture of the mermaid. It's a big commission. Tess is back with Peter and Buzz maintains the cottages.
Tom Grace shows up and is given the keys to the lighthouse keeper's cottage a gift from Frank. Only he, Buzz and Frank know of what's happened. Dean is now incapacitated and Tom tends to hes every need. He looks forward to the new adventure and maybe even a local job as he's a school teacher.
Then the book goes back to 1877 where we learn of the legends surrounding Cradle Harbor Maine and the mermaid festival, etc. Lydia and Linus are taking care of the lighthouse, she is relieved he will not be on the sea and her nightmare might go away...she's not able to have babies either...
Alternating sections from the present to the past make this book like actually having two books in one and you hope they will connect with one another, down the road.
Love learning about mermaid purses and hearing of the wind chimes and their connection to the mermaid song... Love hearing the legends and being so close to the water and what it all encompasses. Love the DASH!
Beautiful magical majestic stories. Q&A at the end along with discussion questions.
Won this is a contest.
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