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The Mermaid Collector Paperback – October 2, 2012
Everything We Keep: A Novel
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“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
And praise for Erika Marks' Little Gale Gumbo
“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)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Could not put this book down. Great balance of past and present, loss and redemption. Strongly recommend this book and author.Published 4 months ago by binky
Legend in Cradle Harbour, Maine tells of four men, who in 1888, wander out into the ocean to answer the call of mermaids they were able to resist no longer. Read morePublished 20 months ago by P. Newhart
I liked the story line, but found all but one of the main characters unlikeable. They were much too whiny and poor me.Published 21 months ago by Deanna
This story was entertaining but predictable. The story of learning how to "let go" of beliefs and people we think we have to take care of is a story of life.Published 23 months ago by Sharon Carlson
I read this book in 3 days. A delightful story of myths and love. I couldn't put it down. Well worth your time. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Mimi
At first I wasn't sure I even wanted to read this book. After all, mermaids, seriously !!! But I never expected it to be so great. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Kathy latham