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The Strongman And The Mermaid (The Donora Story Collection Book 2)

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Myscowa, Poland—1910
Once upon a time in tiny, rural Myscowa, Lukasz Musial competes in feats of strength against his lifelong nemesis to win passage to America. He leaves behind grinding poverty and despair, to seek the clear blue skies, and better life he sees on a postcard. Settled in Donora’s Polish community, Lukasz secures a coveted job in the wire mill, and is match
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Kindle Edition, 569 pages
Published February 28th 2019
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Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2019
I am not really one to read historical fiction but after reading Shoop’s The Kitchen Mistress she has opened my eyes to a whole new (or rather old world) and I was lucky enough to have read the first book in this series After The Fog, I don’t think you really need to have read it first before reading this one though, it was quite ok as a stand alone. The title made me think it may have something to do with a Circus or Freak Show, even though I knew it wasn’t, but it was a very fitting title for ...more
Nicki Conroy
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's start by saying I never read book one in this series and will be going back to do so. I was so taken by the characters and the story lines in book two I want to read the beginning. I am also waiting with baited breath for the next installment. That all being said, you can read this book as a standalone and not read any of the others in the series.

The steel mills of Pennsylvania have long held a place in the history of the US and in my heart. I remember cities like Pittsburgh when the mills
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Carly Wilson
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
‘Strongman And The Mermaid’ is the first book I have read by Kathleen Shoop, and I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review, so here it goes...

Firstly, the book title made me think this was going to a story about something entirely different to what it actually was about, but when I found it was an historical romance I was absolutely thrilled. I absolutely love reading this type of book, and it was exactly the type of story I look for.

Secondly, it was incredibly well-written, a clever c
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Julie Baswell
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lucasz dreamt of the American way of living. He wanted a house, a wife and children, but he had no chance of achieving that dream in his own homeland. With hard work and a bit of luck, eventually Lucasz wins passage to America, the land of opportunity. When he arrives in Donora, Pennsylvania, it is not as he expected. But that’s not going to stop him from fulfilling his dream.

Mary also dreams of a beautiful home of her own, with a loving husband and children. The only difference between her and
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Leila
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“U.S. Historical Fiction”? “Saga Fiction”? “Family Saga Fiction”?

How often do you see that genre in my book reviews!? I can promise you – almost never.

There isn’t anything wrong with the genre; it just isn’t my typical cup of tea. It’s not a genre that I typically enjoy.

BUT The Strongman and The Mermaid was amazing!

The story has three aspects and I loved each and every one of them – Patryk, who is telling the story that we are reading to his granddaughter and great-grandson; Mary who we follow t
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Carolyn Russett
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
not sure what book 1 was about but I didn't read it before book 2 and found it was fine. However you will need to read this one before reading book 3 when it comes out.
Patryk is in his 90's and his granddaughter and great grandson have come to take him from his home to an assisted living facility. He doesn't want to go so hides in the attic hoping they won't find him. However they do and take him downstairs to the kitchen while he is holding a scrapbook put together by HIS grandmother, which tel
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Natalie
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Strongman and the Mermaid is such a good read. I felt transported back in time. I really enjoyed the mix of historical fiction and romance and how the author intertwined the main characters to produce a story worth reading and one that will leave you believing in fate. This book is one to pass on for sure and recommend to all your girlfriends.

This book was received through a book tour and I have volunteered to share my review. All opinions are my own.
Liliyana Shadowlyn
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
I must admit I struggle with the words to express how I feel about this book. It transports the reader back in time, through its pages to witness the lives of Mary and Lukasz, as written in the book held close by Patryk. The mixture of old and new woven together is seamless and holds you under its spell. More vivid than any movie, as the story unfolds you will find yourself laughing, crying, and cheering on Mary and Lukasz, as they navigate a world where the only certainty is a hard life.
Maureen Crothall
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is I loved this book!
Trish
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Strongman and the Mermaid is a historical novel that begins in 1910. Lukasz Musial lives in Poland, but wants to immigrate to America. Mary Lancos lives in Donora, Pennsylvania. Her family is struggling and she has left school to work as a maid. This is the story of how these two surprisingly similar people meet and come together.

First, I have to say this book has an absolutely beautiful, evocative cover. I was interested to read it initially because of the cover art and because it sounded l
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Stephanie
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1910- Donora, Pennsylvania is a town built on steel and the hard work of the immigrant workforce. Mines, mills, nails and clouds of smoke that obscure the sun mean prosperity and a chance at the American Dream. For the Lancos family, this means that everyone works in order to pay the mortgage and the taxes. Mary Lancos often suffers the brunt of the children's labor without complaint, rowing her father to work, doing chores at home and working for the Dunn's-one of the mill managers. Mary longs ...more
Sonya Neal
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a lovely story! This book will transport you back in time in a way that makes you step out of your world and into history in Donora. It's a wonderful combination of suspenseful romance, historical fiction, and a family story.

This is so much more than your typical HEA romance, as it follows Mary and Lukasz through their lives, their challenges, and their happiness. I love how well the story is woven between current times and history, and I can't wait for the next book!

I have voluntee
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Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and romance. Shoop’s novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathl ...more