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Publisher's Summary

From the author of Lost Boy comes a beautiful historical fairy tale about a mermaid who leaves the sea, only to become the star attraction of history's greatest showman. 

Once there was a mermaid called Amelia who could never be content in the sea, a mermaid who longed to know all the world and all its wonders, and so she came to live on land.  

Once there was a man called P. T. Barnum, a man who longed to make his fortune by selling the wondrous and miraculous, and there is nothing more miraculous than a real mermaid.  

Amelia agrees to play the mermaid for Barnum and walk among men in their world, believing she can leave anytime she likes. But Barnum has never given up a money-making scheme in his life, and he's determined to hold on to his mermaid.

©2018 Christina Henry (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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On the fence

Though I absolutely loved "Lost Boy", and "Alice" by this author I'm sort of on the fence with "The Mermaid" it was an OK story , written by a very good author, yet in a sense was a let down for me as I do enjoy this author's twisted perspectives of familiar stories , which Mermaid was lacking. Not bad, yet for me, nothing to get me thinking or talking or wanting more .

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not my favorite

was a little bit of a struggle. have read and listened to white rabbit and red queen, which are amazing. this one didn't hook me like the other books. still, I like her style enough to try her book about Peter pan.

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Exceeded Expectations

exceptional story and very good reading with very Swift plot that kept me interested. loved the characters and the locations. funny and heartwarming, and surprisingly sensual in places.

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  • Brandi
  • United States
  • 06-30-18

not my favorite

I loved Lost Boys, Alice, Red Queen all of these audio books kept me wanting to listen to stories from Christina Henry. (Even with the Red Queen that ended so so) This is a easy listening story, too easy and a little boring at times. This story takes liberties from history which is something I like about Henry's story telling, she reinvents . But there is no real back story and the story is missing so many opportunities to be be imaginative.

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A little disappointing

The story wasn't bad but after Lost boys and Alice, there's a certain expectation that wasn't reached in this book