<b>READERS' FAVORITE - A breath of fresh air is the description that befits The Mermaid's Carol. Escaping the stereotypical romance novel scenario, The Mermaid's Carol is a mix of frustration, betrayal, secrets, angry children and strong women. It carries a strong message throughout the story. Take a stand for who you truly are, and if you want a bit of encouragement and a happy ending, read Abigail Keam's The Mermaid Carol. You're in for a magical treat about real life if you do!</b>
Piper Hathaway discovers that her husband Joel is thinking about leaving her and their two children. She loves her husband and doesn’t want to lose him. What to do? Desperate to reconnect with Joel, Piper arranges a Christmas vacation at the Last Chance Motel where miracles happen. Piper prays for one, but everything falls apart.
The children get into trouble with the law, and Joel is rude and distant. Piper is ready to throw in the towel, but something holds her back. Perhaps it is the ethereal singing Piper hears in the lagoon each day at dawn.
Eva Hanover, the motel’s owner, says the magical singing comes from a siren of the sea. Legend has it whoever catches a mermaid singing will have something wonderful happen in their life. Piper doesn’t believe mermaids exist. Still, she is drawn to the water’s edge each morning in hopes the old sea tales are true because Piper needs a miracle in a hurry!
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Finalist in the USA BOOK NEWS Best Book List of 2011. Josiah Reynolds, a
former art history professor, was once a celebrity with wealth, social
position, and a famous husband. Now all of that is gone. The professor
finds her circumstances drastically altered. Retired, Josiah is now a
full time beekeeper trying to stay financially afloat by selling honey
at the local Farmers Market. She finds her world turned upside down when
a man is found dead in her bee yard, only to discover that the victim
is her competitor and nemesis. The police suspect the brutal death is
murder and Josiah is their number one suspect. She is determined to find
out who is trying to frame her, along with her assistant, Matt, who is
twenty years her junior and gay, and her lawyer, Shaneika, a
African-American woman, rumored to be a descendant of a historically
prominent Lexington family. Josiah s powerful but secretive daughter
pops in and out of her mother s life, pulling strings to protect her
mother from danger. Set in the beautiful horse country of the Bluegrass,
Josiah makes the rounds of quirky characters that can only be found in
Kentucky. Fighting an unseen enemy in the glamorous world of
Thoroughbreds, oak-cured bourbon and antebellum plantation houses,
Josiah struggles to uncover the truth in a city that keeps its secrets
Josiah joins an amateur thespian group that puts on plays in quirky places like public parks and crumbling antebellum mansions. It is a way to socialize, and Josiah feels lonely when her friend Hunter stops calling. Since the new play is being staged at Hunter’s ancestral home Wickliffe Manor, Josiah sees this as a win-win situation. She gets to have fun and remind Hunter that she is still alive and kicking. Hint. Hint.
What could go wrong? Everything!
Hunter ignores the acting group including Josiah, and it doesn’t help when the leading lady, Madison Smythe, drops dead on Hunter’s antique Persian rug. To make matters worse, Franklin, Hunter’s brother, is arrested for her murder!
Josiah does the only thing she can. She sends an S.O.S. to her daughter Asa to investigate the murder. Asa must also discover why a love note from Hunter was found in the dead woman’s coat pocket. Josiah is ready for romance, but she doesn’t want to fall in love with a cheater.