Date Published: July 14th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mermaids, Romance
Audiobook Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
Audiobook Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Source: Provided for review through Audiobook Blast/Boom
Description: Kate: I'm the last mermaid. I'm back on shores of Lake Erie, but the cold waters are silent. There is nothing here for me but ghosts and the beach glass that litters the rocky shore. Long ago, I lived below the waves. Now, I am the sole survivor, and at long last, my mermaid glamour is leaving me. Every day, I walk the beach. Every day, I wonder what happened to my people. The little pieces of colored glass that wash ashore give me simple pleasure. They are gifts from the lake, reminders of home. I fashion them into trinkets: necklaces, earrings, bracelets. They are beautiful things. The humans seem love them. Every day, I walk the beach. Nothing ever changes, until the day he says hello.
Cooper: I'm dying. It's not a question, it's a fact. The cancer is eating me alive. They told me I have six months to live, maybe less. I came home, back to Chancellor on Lake Erie, to die. The sunsets are vivid there, and I will relish every one. I've never seen anything more beautiful than a Lake Erie sunset until I see her.
All life is as fragile as glass. What would you sacrifice to save the one you love?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’m a mermaid at heart, so this mermaid romance short got my attention. This is a cute romance, a short and sweet novella, even if it is predictable. Without reading the blurb, which is spoilery already, you know quickly what is going to happen. As soon as Kate describes Cooper as having short hair, and he talks about his nausea, you know it is a Big C book. And the way Kate mentions many times how mermaid tears are a life force, well, we can figure out what she is going to do to help Cooper. And being a formulaic romance, you know they are going to tell themselves they don’t deserve love, then something tragic or scary is going to happen to bring their secrets out to each other, and they will come together despite themselves to have a happy ending.
So putting that aside, the book is lovely as the sea. I loved the descriptions of the beaches and the sunset paintings done by Cooper. He paints one every day and numbers them by the day. I enjoyed the way Kate describes the sea and the gifts of glass that she creates into lovely jewelry and sells in her shop. I liked how good both of these characters are, despite the fact they are both dealing with tragedy and expecting not to live much longer. This is definitely a nice novella that is light despite the heavy subject matter and is a fun quick read.