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When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal
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3.5 stars. I enjoyed it, but... I was often annoyed with the characters, the narration, the speed with which everything occurred. (Maybe I was just reading with my grumpy pants on).

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 the author claims it does.

Mari and her husband have acquired the fabulous 1930's mansion of a famous actress, who was murdered. The author tries to shoehorn in a 'solve the mystery' subplot, which fizzles for lack of time on the page. (we do learn 'whodunnit', but it is a throwaway line at the end of the book). I did enjoy all the house details (HGTV reno-porn)--I guess it was all there to give us an idea of Mari's life now, but the elaborate house wasn't necessary as a setting for all of the emotional upheaval that takes place there.

All of my quibbles aside (I am avoiding talking about the ending, which was good, but... ), I did read it cover to cover. I also plan on reading her next one.


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Reading Progress

August 8, 2019 – Started Reading
August 8, 2019 – Shelved
August 8, 2019 –
page 81
23.01%
August 10, 2019 –
page 129
36.65%
August 10, 2019 –
page 226
64.2%
August 11, 2019 – Finished Reading
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: general-fiction
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: romance

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