April 22, 2013

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn

The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn is a story that fully explores life’s ups and downs, struggles, parenthood, love, and everything in between the cracks. If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is one you seriously need to check out.

Book Description

Formerly an up-and-coming magazine editor, Jenny Lipkin is now your average, stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom, tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up. All she really wants is to survive the sweltering New York summer with a shred of sanity intact. But when her husband, Harry, vanishes one evening, Jenny reaches her breaking point. And in a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever.

Pulled from the brink by an unexpected ally, Jenny is forced to rethink her ideas about success, motherhood, romance, and relationships. But confronting her inner demons is no easy task.” – The Mermaid of Brooklyn

My Thoughts
The Mermaid of Brooklyn is a book that may look like a “chick lit” type of book on the surface, but trust me – it is so much more than that! Sure, women will like it, and quite likely relate to it in some way, especially if you have ever been a single mother (not that I have been, but I can imagine).

The mermaid isn’t the typical type of mermaid that one would think of when it comes to mermaids. Instead, it is actually a “rusalka” from Slavic myth, which isn’t as nice as “The Little Mermaid” but not exactly evil either. I like paranormal twists in books, and this one was a very welcome addition the story.

Amy Shearn writes for the reader to really experience the story as a whole. She details the characters, the surroundings, and the feeling of it all – which isn’t an easy task. She magically blends it all together to create a memorable tale that is truly worth reading. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of The Mermaid of Brooklyn, Touchstone, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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