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The Mermaid's Song Mass Market Paperback – 1 July 1997
- Publisher : St Martins Mass Market Paper (1 July 1997)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 0312962568
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312962562
- Dimensions : 10.8 x 2.54 x 17.15 cm
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The mermaid's curse is the reason I picked up this book, but the fantasy does not appear until about 150 pages in. In the meantime, the lead character reveals herself to be a by-the-numbers hotheaded woman hiding a dangerous secret, while the lead man is a bore aggravating to the audience rather than just the lead woman. Moreover, he seems like a genuinely horrible person, a man who abandons the niece under his care to a boarding school and doesn't bother to check up on her. He's also self-centered and seems interested in seducing Flora purely out of boredom and as a challenge. Their love is not believable because she seems so much better than him in every way that matters, whereas all he has to offer is wealth and social standing and a hot body. She seems to fall for him because he is the only man around and, being married to him, she has no opportunity to meet any other man. Rather than wanting them to be together, I wanted her to run for her life!
Successful romances require a man who is good underneath all the b.s. and who seduces a woman who is willing to be seduced. A woman like Flora who says no and means no, then changes her mind because she wants some sexual pleasure in her life, is just a victim of sexist society and of an unscrupulous man. That's boring. It's banal. It happens every day.
I found the book to be poorly paced and many themes, especially potentially engaging subplots and seemingly supernatural themes, are introduced but never developed or explored, while many rather tiresome ones (and supporting characters) are focused on fully.
(Lastly, I bought this book because I was looking mermaid stories. This book had very little to do with mermaids.)