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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  384 ratings  ·  115 reviews
* Hushed - a modern romance inspired by the classic tale of The Little Mermaid *

Would you sacrifice your voice for love?

18-year-old Romy Morgan desperately longs to escape the boring future her parents have planned for her, and explore the world.

When she saves her celebrity crush, superstar Logan Rush, from drowning, Romy is offered a job as his personal assistant. She str
Kindle Edition, 339 pages
Published March 26th 2017
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Incredible story telling! This fairy tale inspired book hooked me from the start and I could NOT put it down.

You’ve heard about the Little Mermaid, right? The story about a beautiful sea creature willing to give up her life and identity in order to live on land? Hushed is not a paranormal or fantasy story. It’s about a normal human eighteen year old girl who wants to stand on her own two feet, explore and discover the world on her own. She doesn’t want to follow the road less traveled, not
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Humor, heart, star crushes and a sweet almost didn’t-make-it romance highlight Joanne Macgregor’s latest tale, HUSHED as one fanatic fan becomes the heroine when her movie star heartthrob attempts to escape the glitz, glamor and two-faced world of the beautiful people. If not for Romy’s “stalking” on her surfboard, a completely inebriated Logan, hottest hero in the movies, would have drowned as he attempted to free himself from the fawning women, glad-handing men and even his co-star, a beautifu ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hushed is a truly beautiful read, a book I fell in love with almost instantly. From the beginning until the end I was pulled in, curious as to how things would play out, hoping for the best, experiencing a wide range of emotions. In other words, it is well worth the read.

Advertised as a modern romance inspired by The Little Mermaid, I knew I needed to read this one. The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite Disney movies (second only to Mulan) and a good retelling has been a long time coming. As
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african-writers
A delightful fairytales-do-come-true type of story. I was engrossed from beginning to end.

Set in one of the most beautiful parts of the world - Cape Town!
The story boasts a unique story line and I particularly loved the struggle and the choices made by the main characters, who are from two different worlds.
The author enchants the reader with the perfect blend of: tight writing, believable characters, a seamless weaving of the environmental message, a great NA voice plus nuggets of humour!
What started out like a funny, humorous read worked its way to a thrilling end. It was really about learning about yourself and how love doesn't have to mean sacrificing who you are to be with someone else. I love how Romy and Logan grew to become better version of themselves. Also, Romy grows and comes to realize that she has to let go of all the expectations and do what makes her happy, and those who love her will accept and support her. It really is such a beautiful and enchanting read, and t ...more
Sue Holmes
*Review copy received from author*
Hushed, a contemporary romantic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, is a feel-good, light-hearted, fun read.

Set in South Africa’s beautiful Western Cape, the story includes a vital environmental message which packs a punch without being preachy.The few South African words scattered throughout the story adds to its authenticity and don’t worry there is a helpful glossary for those who have yet to experience our unique blend of colloquialism
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is such an amazing story! From quirky South African sayings to the awful things that happen to our sea creatures, you will learn so much while reading Hushed. I worked on a television set for a day while in school and couldn’t stop smiling at how spot-on Macgregor’s descriptions of that world were. It really does ruin you! Now, if only I could make my dream vacation to Cape Town come true so I can experience everything I read about in Hushed!

I thought it was genius to have Romy and Logan c
Kerry Heathfield-Sharper
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in a day. I loved everything about it from the characters (where can I get myself a Logan Rush?) and the behind the scenes look at the movie world as well as learning about endangered sea life.
The romance scenes were so well written that I almost felt the passion and suspense between Romy and Logan.
The plot certainly wasn't predictable, there were moments where I had absolutely no idea what Romy was going to do or what was going to happen but I always enjoyed what did happe
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Who says books cannot have deep meanings!
I LOVE the message in this book and I think it is fantastically written. Written with intent!
I love that it is set in Cape Town because it made it easier to visualise the scenery in my mind.
I think we have all felt like Romy before, as a teenager or an older adult like myself so this book really is for anyone.
I thought the book was about mermaids and fantasy being inspired by The Little Mermaid but it was FAR better than any idea or expectation I had!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Look at this trove, treasures untold. How many wonders can one novel hold?" ...more
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hushed by Joanne Macgregor is a modern twist on a familiar fairytale, The Little Mermaid. In Hushed we are introduced to a young woman by the name of Rosemary, Romy for short. She is infatuated with a celebrity by the name of Logan who is a famous actor in a series of movies that are based on a popular novel. She’s been celebrity watching him since he landed the big part that got him the fame that he now has. Now, he’s in South Africa in Capetown preparing to film the next movie in the series an ...more
Amber Hodges
I had to put my beloved pet to sleep a couple weeks ago and I was not able to read for the longest time. I was offered a chance to review this book and while I hadn't been reading, it sounded interesting enough that I would give it a shot. I read a complimentary copy of the book supplied by the author via Siobhan Davis's Street Team. I have voluntarily reviewed same.

From the beginning this book sucked me in. It was so nice to have the feeling of reading again and actually enjoying what I was re
Emily (Mrs B's Books)
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now i have read this book i can see why people have the idea that this is a very modern take on the Little Mermaid fairy tale. This is not a paranormal book in any way and Romy and the supporting cast are very much human.

Romy is a sweet girl who is presumed by each of her parent to join them in a work placement in order that she can join them with them at their jobs. Roy however does not know what she wants to do, but things move in ways that she never could have predicted.

Logan is a celebrity w
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure how I was going to like this book, just because I don't do contemporary reads as much. I really like fantasy or historical fiction or regency. But, I love retellings, so that drew me to it. I'm really glad I read it. I ended up liking it a lot. It was very funny. I really enjoyed the characters, and the plot line. What I loved most of all was how the author had the character's do some growing on their own. And by that, they ended up making the choices they made because they wanted ...more
Fiona Leung
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As always, another great story from Joanne Macgregor! I've really enjoyed the other books by Joanne and Hushed is no exception.

Romy and Logan's story is so innocent and sweet, adding in some references to modern day technology, chases from fangirls of the "Beast" and touching upon environmental issues. This story is set in South Africa, a place I've not had the chance to visit, and it beautifully describes the places around there.

There is also a lot of description with what happens on a movie se
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot even begin to describe how much I LOVED this story. Romy and Logan's sweet romance develops at just the right pace, and has enough believable conflict to keep the readers on their toes. It all comes to a terrifyingly intense conclusion that will definitely have you on the edge of your seat, staying up late and nibbling those fingernails, praying for your heart to not be broken. An artfully written story I will read again and again.
I read a complimentary copy of the book supplied by the
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Fabulous Story.

I was given a ARC of this and enjoyed it so much, that I purchased a copy. It is for my daughter who loves Joanne's books. She begged me to buy her last series. Joanne works her magic again with this story.
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There aren't enough good things to say about this one. Thank God for KU because it allows me to find some highly entertaining reads. I don't think I stopped laughing. My favorite part was the beginning where so much hilarity is going on in the little boat. It was a refreshing read full of lively, charming characters. And seriously, who doesn't dream of their celebrity crush falling in love with them? It's like living a fantasy. LOL ...more
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chloe Strachan
What can I say about this book? Well, for one thing, I totally loved it, and for another, I have a serious book hangover now that I've finished it!

I was mightily pleased to find that not only is it set in the city I live in, but the opening chapter and various later mentions are set in the suburb I live in!

I love the character of Romy, she has spirit, is loyal, passionate about her beliefs and a believable, relatable character. Logan, well he sounds just divine.

The story made me smile, chuckle
Leenna Naidoo
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was enchanted within the first few chapters by Romy and her incredible spirit. Logan took a little longer to grow on me, and it wasn’t until half-way through the story that I saw what Romy might have seen in this modern prince. The plot is fun and uplifting, adapting The Little Mermaid into a modern, realistic setting quite wonderfully. MacGregor’s writing is as spunky as Romy, and despite not being a huge YA reader, I was cheering all the way for this heroine in the second half of the novel w ...more
Ann O'Nymos
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sceptical when I read that this book is based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale „Little Mermaid“, especially as I wasn't sure if the original (not happy) ending will be kept. But what a lovely new approach to this old fairytale!

Joanne Macgregor transforms the little mermaid into a 18 year old girl in South Africa, who dreams of a movie star and doesn't really know what professional path she should take up, just like so many girls (and boys).
I love Romy, she is funny, witty, has guts and
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable modern-day spin on The Little Mermaid.
Rebecca Yager
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun and clever non-magical adaptation of HCA's Little Mermaid. So much fun to spot lines reminiscent of Disney's animated masterpiece and even MORE fun to see the ideas and concepts from HCA's glorious original. The story reads like a high school fantasy (in a good way) which is its most delicious allure --those celebrity crushes you had as a teen, dreaming of ways you might accidentally bump into them and they would see you for the brilliant individual you are. The endearing heroine of Hushed a ...more
Joey Paul
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I loved this book! Starting with the introduction of Romy and her seeming obsession with the famous Logan Rush, the story soon takes a turn. You follow Romy as she is being forced to choose either her father's profession or her mother's and actually she wants to go her own way. A break before university starts and the one thing she wants to do, seems to be out of reach. Until saving Logan gives her an in to the world of movies, celebs and divas. Finally she's able to get to know the real Lo ...more
Katie Jo
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is a delightful, contemporary version of the little mermaid with both obvious and subtle nods at the original tale. I enjoyed discovering all the similarities between the two stories. Romy is a delightful young woman who is trying to find her place in the world and mesh her passions with what is expected of her. Logan is an intriguing young man who has been swept up into the Hollywood lifestyle and become wildly famous and perhaps a bit lost. Their paths cross to reveal this fun, not ...more
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great twist on the classic fairy tale. This version of the Little Mermaid is set in the modern times with characters and elements that follow the classic tale. There were only two elements of the book I did not like: first the friend of one of the main characters which is a minor character is portrayed as gay. I thought this was not necessary and would have been much better left out. Second there is a scene in the end where the two main characters almost have intimate relations. They don' ...more
Hayley Long
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing, astounding, stunning, breathtaking, awesome, awe-inspiring, sensational, spectacular, stupendous, phenomenal, wonderful, marvellous and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

In case you didn't figure it out from that collection of adjectives, I loved this book, it made me smile and laugh and even cry. It was well written and well researched and I now know more than I ever did about whale hunting and I am appalled by it.

Nana is hands-down the greatest character in the book and
Stephie Anne
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful Read!

This book was amazing. I figured it would be a classic reselling of the little mermaid and boy was I ever happy to be wrong!!! While the book is defiantly based on the classic tale it has its own story, plot, twists and turns. Joanne Macgregor has done a spectacular job with this book and I can't be more happy that I decided to read it. This book was different, captivating, and enchanting! I can't wait to read her next books.
Be Gie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With all my heart I recommend this book. I couldn’t stop reading. This book shows how famous people have to be hidden even with the most important person in their life and how everything what is important can disappear because of It .It is a book where you have to make decisions, even if they are not decisions that our parents or loved ones would like. So if you’re curious about how it looks like you should read it.
Anastasiia Nesterenko
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A really good book for teens. A bit precitable but still good. Also really liked the insight into the anti whaling movement. And a mature, rational heroine with flaws is such a treat!
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When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chil

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