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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. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
What a debut novel! I could not put this story down. The vivid, yet delicate depictions of the marsh were so detailed, I felt like I was there. The character development of Kya and her supporting cast was excellent, almost, but not quite overshadowing the plot of the story. Eagerly anticipating more from this author. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
I loved, loved, loved this collection of science fiction short stories! I’ve been away from science fiction (one of my first loves) for a number of years. But this grouping, with a heavy focus on AI, just grabbed my attention. It is a wonderful read! ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
Most of us have never had friends like these and if you have, this book is for you. Kat, now in her 60s, invites her four closest high school friends to come live on her cocoa plantation in Fiji. Each of them is at a crossroads in their lives and they each make the leap of faith to come. From the moment they arrive, their lives are entwined in a way none of them expected. It sounds idyllic, but at times, the situations are anything but. So enjoyable! ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
Okay, if it has a bookstore as its primary setting, I’m probably going to read it. Luckily, Miranda’s story was really sweet and drew me in. She inherited her beloved uncle’s failing bookstore sixteen years after last seeing him. Much as he had created book scavenger hunts for her as a child, he has created another one for her to discover his motivation in leaving her the store. Through her search, Miranda finds herself and a new life. Although melancholy at times, it’s a wonderful story! ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle