The Secret of Mermaid Cove by Megan Derr

The Secret of Mermaid Cove by Megan Derr
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Historical
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

After she is caught behaving obscenely with another woman, Sophia is left abandoned. Her friends pretend not to know her, her family is trying to decide the best place to banish her, and Sophia wishes that running away was as easy in fact as it was in theory.

She is saved from scandal, if not her suffocating life, by way of an unexpected marriage proposal from Lord Everett Dobson, the most coveted bachelor in the city. Not in a position to refuse, Sophia accepts his offer and agrees to visit his home at Mermaid Cove for three weeks.

Mermaid Cove proves to be as beautiful as promised, complete with endless beaches, glittering waters, a castle that looks like it was made of sand… family curses and local legends… and two beautiful, mysterious women who cannot talk, but seem to secrets they want to share…

Some people get to live happily every after. Others don’t. Which group will Sophia end up in?

One of the things I liked the most about this story were the plot twists. There was at least one of them that I didn’t see coming in advance. It was fun to be so surprised by it, especially once I realized where the author was going with it. This part of the storyline was handled nicely, although I can’t say anything else about it without giving away spoilers.

There was quite a bit of telling instead of showing. It was difficult to immerse myself in the plot because I felt as if I were hearing a third-hand account of what happened instead of seeing it unfold in my imagination. This came as a surprise to me because it wasn’t something I noticed in the blurb. Had this tale been more specific and descriptive, I could have easily picked a much higher rating as the premise itself was fascinating.

The chemistry between the characters who were involved in the romantic subplot was well done. As soon as I realized who these people were, I was curious to see how the author was planning to handle their budding romance. Ms. Derr wrote it well, though, and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for what she comes up with next. Will there be a sequel? I don’t know, but I would be even more interested in reading her next book if it she somehow manages to mention what happened next to these characters in it!

The Secret of Mermaid Cove is a good choice for anyone who really likes mermaid fiction.

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