The Mermaid Collector

The Mermaid Collector

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More than a century ago, lighthouse keeper Linus Harris left his beloved wife and waded into the ocean with three other men to reunite with their mermaid lovers. The mysterious Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 has become legend for the residents of Cradle Harbor, Maine, honored by the towna€™s Mermaid Festival every August, when wind chimes are hung from seaside porches to drown out the alluring sound of mermaid song. For thirty-five-year-old Tess Patterson, the legend is more than folklore; ita€™s proof of lifea€™s magic. A hopeless romantic who is profoundly connected to the ocean in which she lost her mother, Tess ekes out a living as a wood-carver and longs to find a love as mystical as the sea. But when shea€™s hired to carve the commemorative mermaid sculpture for the coming festival, a chance to win the towna€™s elusive acceptance might finally be in her grasp. For Tom Grace, lifea€™s magic was lost at eighteen, when the death of his parents left him to care for his reckless brother, Dean. Now thirty-five and the new owner of Cradle Harbora€™s prized lightkeepera€™s house, Tom hopes the quiet town will calm Deana€™s self-destructive ways. But when Tom discovers Tess working on her sculpture, an unlikely and passionate affair ignites between them that just might be the stuff of legend itselfa€”even as it brings to the surface a long-buried secret that could tear everything apart. CONVERSATION GUIDE INCLUDEDThere wasna#39;t much to seea€” just a table with turned legs and two chairs in one corner; a doorway leading to a kitchen; white plaster walls, yellowed like old paper; bare wood floors rubbed dull in places; a few windows with views of the sea, anbsp;...

Title:The Mermaid Collector
Author:Erika Marks
Publisher:Penguin - 2012-10-02


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