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Late 1700s London is a complex mix of social classes. Mrs. Hancock’s story swings from the gritty dockyards to bawdy brothels to manicured mansion gardens. Angelica Neal, an expensive escort, finds herself in dire straits after her wealthy patron dies. She carelessly promises herself to a common merchant if he can bring her a mermaid. He entreaties his ship’s captain to search for a mermaid to seal the deal. The imagery is descriptive and well-written and the story is a very enjoyable read. — Shirley Cagle
“This book was a pure delight from beginning to end. High-class escorts, nouveau riche merchants, madams, back-stabbings, broken hearts, mended hearts, parties, an angry mob, pining, mermaids: what more could you ask from a historical novel taking place in the late 18th century? The characters are so well-rounded I found myself cringing for them in their embarrassment and cheering for them in their triumph. The writing is so atmospheric it feels absolutely authentic. I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed reading a book as much as I enjoyed reading this one. The only way to describe this book is as an absolute romp.”
— Chelsea Bauer, Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN