The Summer of Chasing Mermaids

Finished The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .”

I am a huge fan of Sarah Ockler, but it took me so long to pick up this book…and it’s my own fault. (I thought there was a paranormal aspect to it, and I really tend to avoid those now.)  (I swear I have reading comprehension skills.)

Yes, Elyse has lost her voice, but it’s due to an actual accident.  And while this story takes place near (and sometimes on) the water, there are no actual mermaids.  (Don’t tell Sebastian that.)

Instead, it’s a story of how someone who is literally (and, like many of us, metaphorically) voiceless learns how to empower herself again.  And who can’t get behind that?

If you don’t already love Sarah Ockler, start here.  And if you do, I hope you didn’t make my mistake.  Elyse’s story (and Christian and Sebastian) will stay with me for a long time.

Highly recommended.

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