When We Believed in Mermaids
From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.
Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always...more
I admit I read to a certain degree to escape. To experience things (even if only on paper) like visiting new places, foods, ideas or even time periods. And this story did give me the first three of these things--it was ...more
The blurb is pretty good at giving the basic set-up.
The chapters alternate viewpoints between Kit and Mari, with each chapter revealing more of the past while also grounding us in each sister's current life. Kit's search for her sister (and her budding romance with Javier) seem to take longer than the few days that ...more
How I Felt: The beginning of this book had me completely hooked. "My sister had been dead for fifteen years when I see her on the TV news." I was like, "Yes!" This book is going to be awesome!" I felt so let down from that point on. I, in no way, ever want to bash a book, and I am usually finding myself handing out 4 and 5 star reviews because I just love books, but I was on the Struggle-Bus for ...more
I found this book to be very slow to start and was almost halfway through the book before I started to enjoy it. I found ...more
With that fantastic opening line, we drop in to the story of 2 sisters, one presumed dead and one barely living.
Two little girls, Josie and Kit, are raised by parents so enthralled with each other that they neglect their children, leaving them largely unattended in a little cove by their home. During a storm, a broken and unwanted teenage boy appears as their door, offering the girls a bit of security and stability ...more
The sisters' problems are real and crushing, and about halfway through I was far from convinced that they would resolve them, or their relationships. The men in this story are villains or heroes, or both, and I found Dylan the most poignant, while Javier was the one I want to take home with me.
But none of the men are able to step in and save the day. The sisters must do it for themselves, and fight through very difficult histories to get ...more
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The dialogue was well-written, though. The descriptions of surfing, Sicilian home-cooking, touring Auckland, and the art-deco Sapphire House create beautiful imagery.
I’d recommend this book to anyone into love ...more
There is never a letdown for me with every story I read by this author. This novel is no exception. She has a way of building emotional response in me with her thoughts and words, gently caressing a slow tide of feelings, and building to a point that often has me murmuring out loud. It may sound a bit crazy but I have yet to read one of her books that has not given me these reactions. She is truly an artist, a weaver of words and a source of such ...more
This story is about what can happen ...more
I must admit, I went into this book thinking I wasn't going to be a fan. Is it pathetic to say the cover alone turned me off? Although the plot sounded somewhat interesting, I knew Barbara O'Neal was known for women's fiction and romance novels, and I was a little wary this wouldn't be the genre for me. Boy, was I wrong.
I have found yet another author who writes with lush description. I loved the way she wrote about the surroundings. From the beaches of Santa Cruz to the ...more
When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal has a very interesting premise: a young ER physician named Kit is watching the late night news when she sees her older sister walk in front of the camera during a breaking news story about a nightclub fire ...more
This was a very special and very tender book for me. And although there were some beautiful romantic themes, this book focused more on sister and sibling relationships and explored the theme of forgiveness in the most beautiful way, bringing me to tears many, many ...more