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Watching for Mermaids

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
As a young boy, rounding a bend in a remote Maine cove, Dave Roper stumbled upon two mermaids. No one believed him then. No one believes him now. But he kept watching and wondering: what is imagined and what is real? And while he watched and wondered during 50 years of waterborne life - as a boy, a teen, an adult, a father - what he pulled from the sea was not another merm ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published (first published December 21st 2011)
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Feb 27, 2012 Wechselbalg rated it really liked it
I received “Watching For Mermaids” by David H. Roper as a Goodreads Giveaway.

First of all: You can laugh at me, but I do believe, that the author has really seen those mermaids. (I think, maybe they were Selkies – with their seal-skins only half-shed. Though, how would I know.)

There are quite a few typos. Usually I would start a rant, but for some reason I don't think that perfect editing is so important for this story. (Couldn't harm, either; but still)

How everything is told made me feel like a
Feb 14, 2013 Marion rated it it was amazing
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I only give 5 stars to books i intend to re-read later on. This is a delight, lots of great characters, especially David as he goes from childhood to adulthood. The underlying theme that there is a special "guardian" in our lives rings true. The affection of a family man to those around him who he loves is so genuine, as genuine as his love of the sea.
I chose this book to discuss with my book club. David joined us by phone. He is so generous with his time and delight in literature. It was a very
Mar 19, 2016 G rated it liked it
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(This is a GoodReads giveaway. Thank you!)

First thing I have to say is that the title is a little misleading. This is the book about the life of a sailor and his adventures, but really only the first couple of pages have anything to do with mermaids, and that's about it. As someone who's pretty into mermaids, I was a little disappointed at that. I think maybe the title should focus on one of the other parts, since they were honestly entertaining, so there wouldn't be a let-down.

However, I have t
Mar 02, 2012 Jodi rated it it was amazing
I received book through a goodreads giveaway.

David H. Roper has written a heartfelt and touching memoir regaling us with stories of his sailing adventures. He writes of his childhood spent off the coast of Maine with his father and grandfather learning the craft of sailing and the dream of spending his life on the water.

Throughout the 30 stories contained in the book there are plenty of humorous situations like the time when he was 17 and met an older woman of 21 who he took sailing where they
Mar 04, 2012 Antonia rated it liked it
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I won this book in Goodreads Giveaways.

Overall, I enjoyed it. David H. Roper's writing was mesmerizing. In some parts, though, I found it a little over-descriptive, but okay, it wasn't annoying. I particularly liked the stories: Behind Her Mona Lisa Smile, In Search Of Simplicity and Fly Away, Old Buddy. There were some parts really funny and I caught myself laughing out loud like a lunatic person. For those people, like me, who've never had any experience in boats and sailing and the call of wi
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Jul 05, 2015 Leesha Boylan rated it it was amazing
I loved this little gem of a book! So much wisdom wrapped up in these short story memories of life on the sea. Got this at the library but will buy a copy if I ever see one out and about…something I would want to re-read whenever need a reminder about life, death, and what is important in life.
Apr 21, 2012 Nicole rated it did not like it
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I won this book as part of Goodreads Firstreads program, my full review is Here
Apr 06, 2012 Eli rated it liked it
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This was a joy to read. It is personal, filled with the ups and downs of a life well lived, and truly inspiring.
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Mar 08, 2012 Sonya Watkins rated it really liked it
Fun short tales that make me want to go sailing, with a professional at the helm of course.
May 15, 2012 Betsy rated it it was amazing
Lovely memories of fine days afloat (and the occasional terror).
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Dave Roper has been a professional writer and speaker for over 25 years. Next to sailing, telling and writing stories is his favorite pastime. His new book, Watching for Mermaids (Points East Publishing, Inc.), will be available January 2012. His writing has been published in eighteen languages. Author of the Time Warner book Getting the Job You Want Now!, Dave is also a regular columnist for Poin ...more
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