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When We Believed in Mermaids

A Novel
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (147 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the author of The Art of Inheriting Secrets comes an emotional new tale of two sisters, an ocean of lies, and a search for the truth.

Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news...

Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions - grief, loss, and anger - that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.

After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.

Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.

©2019 Barbara Samuel (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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I am about 2 hours into this book and although the story is ok I am about to give up because the narrators are AWFUL! The one narrating Kit is tolerable I guess but not that great but the one that is narrating for Josie/Mari is clearly not American. That’s not a problem In and of itself, i actually usually prefer foreign narrators because their voices tend to be more pleasant to me. However, she is narrating an American character and nowhere in America do they pronounce I as U. Fungers, that’s how she said fingers. Every short I is pronounced as “uh” and it is driving me crazy! I may need a refund on this one.

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Not for me

Although the plot was interesting and timely, there were too many unnecessarily explicit sensual passages.

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Average.

I loved the premise of this book and wanted to love it. I thought it was too long and there wasn’t a major payoff that I was anticipating IMO. The narration was annoying at times. Sometime people who didn’t have accents suddenly had an accent and vice versa. It’s like the narrators were confused by which character they were playing. Perhaps that’s more of an editing or production issue. Anyway. It was just ok for me.

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Spoilers!!!

I have mixed feelings about the performance in narration, the accent for Mari/Josie was hard to hear at times due to the volume fluctuations along with combining a New Zealand and American accent. As for the story itself, it had a great premise but it didn't quite hit the mark in execution. Kat who flew to New Zealand to look for her sister was not an active protagonist. I never felt that she really pursued her goal and it was all too coincidental when she did. However, I enjoyed the rich backstory and just wished the presênt was as richly woven into the present.

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beautiful/ heartbreaking/ healing

This book is spectacular. The writing is so detailed and heartbreaking. it is a wonderful reminder that 2 people remember the past 2 different ways.

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When we believed in !mermaids

I don't get the rave reviews granted I'm not finished yet but a third thru i find it very average , kit is supposed to be looking for her sister in a foreign country but so far she spends a lot of time iwith a man she has met. Going around as if she had all the time In the world a physician with time off? Kinda silly almost, In my opinion it would have to change drastically to rate above a 3 for me anywa.y but we are all different when it comes to storytelling .

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Great adventure.

I was pulled in & couldn't stop listening. I'm pretty sure I'll listen again!! I really want a sequel. I want to know how the story continues.

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Absolutely loved this.

One of the true queens of romantic women's fiction is at the top of her game with this emotionally compelling take of month-old sisters, the beautiful, doomed boy they both loved, the one day that cost them everything, and the promise of love and healing along the way.

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Enchanting

An absolutely enchanting story. The characters drew me in as the the story painted itself before my eyes. Evoking deep emotions as the tragedies are revealed and love, the soothing balm which eases the aching heart. SingingOtter

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Loved It

What I loved about this story:
I loved the conflicted and complicated relationships of all of the main characters. I think motivations, reactions, feelings and resulting complications were very realistic. I could feel the pain, confusion and sadness, all of which made sense. Nothing rang untrue or unrealistic. I also liked that the book ended with more openness and hope between the characters. Without promising a happy ever after, I felt that there was hope for positive relationships going forward.