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The Mermaid and the Bear by Ailish Sinclair
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it was amazing
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The Mermaid and the Bear is a charming mix of dark history and romance, lightly dusted with its own magic.

Isobell leaves Shakespeare's London to escape marriage to a murderous brute arranged by her calculating older brother. A lover of faery tales and ancient myths, she hopes Scotland will match her daydreams. Though not much good as a kitchen maid, she falls in love with the castle, its kindhearted people, the landscape, and then she meets the laird.

Told in Isobell's warm and witty voice, the story shows sisterhood and infatuation, courage against corruption, physical cruelty and bravery. There are satisfying twists and turns in the plot as Isobell jumps from frying pan to fire. The day to day life of women inside a sixteenth century castle is made real, along with the stark realities for women accused of wrongdoing. There are creeping shadows as well as starlight, but Isobell's wonder and goodwill shine through.
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Reading Progress

November 22, 2019 – Shelved
January 1, 2020 – Started Reading
January 14, 2020 – Finished Reading

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