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In The Mermaid s Pendant, LeAnn Neal Reilly takes the reader through the trials of life from an extremely unique perspectiveWhen Tamarind gazed at and wondered about humans, she felt a pull A tug at her emotions that told her there was something big she was missing out on Well It was something big alright, maybe just not what she was truly looking for.Tamarind couldn t just leave the poor creature to flounder in the waves If left to Mother Sea, his fate most certainly would be death Choosing to rescue this unknown Tamarind marvels at the feel of his skin, the heat of his breath, even the look of his strange feet She s too curious She must leave at once But, she can t let this encounter be Later, she feels she simply must find this man and learnabout him There is something inside of her telling her that this human is meant to be a part of her There is a tug at her heart that won t be unheard With the naivety of the young, Tamarind follows her heart She chooses to walk among the humans, to take this adventure to its end But, will the end be worth it John, a tech savvy self proclaimed geek has fallen for the girl who saved his life She haunts his dreams, enters his every thought Her fiery red, untamed hair is all he can think about The locals tease him tell him that maybe his mystery gal is a mermaid He scoffs at the idea, believing that they are simply poking fun at the gringo But, are they Could this girl of his dreams really be a creature of the sea Being human isn t easy at the best of times even for us humans Imagine being thrust into a world so foreign to you that you choose to simply go blindly, trusting that your Goddess will protect you But, your life as a mer your total lack of comprehension when it comes to human emotions, only serves to help stack the cards against you Then, your Goddess becomes broken Your faith walks a fine line and you are teetering towards total defeat What then How do you pick up the pieces and keep your family together How do you restore the life you aren t certain is worth restoring What do you do when you fear your husband has turned to the arms of another LeAnn Neal Reilly will take readers on an unusual journey From new love, to family, faith, and fantasy, The Mermaid s Pendant will take you through a myriad of conflicting emotions On one hand you will admire this character, or that one, while on the other you are never completely certain of his or her intentions One character, in particular, has kept this reader questioning the character s integrity and intentions, since page one Is she really looking out for Tamarinds best interests Or, is she out only for herself Looking to gain whatever she can from the former mer While I truly enjoyed this reading experience, I would like to mention a few points which may hinder a reader s full enjoyment of the story The Mermaid s Pendant is quite a long tale Comprised of two sections, Reilly tells the love story in Volume One and then tells of the life after marriage in Volume 2, resulting in a rather long story line Additionally, I found there were a few moments where I asked myself if the back story of a secondary character was truly required, if the side plots were really necessary, and therefore found myself with feelings of being off track Lastly, I also found myself questioning whether or not John and Tamarind truly belonged together While no one ever said true love and marriage would be easy, I am a firm believer that if it was truly meant to be, it s not supposed to be that hard either There were a few occasions were I felt that John and Tamarind really didn t like each other I mean, if this was meant to be , then why is Tamarind so unhappy and disillusioned Why is John working late, telling little white lies and keeping important pieces of information from Tamarind Regardless of this reader s initial perceptions, The Mermaid s Pendant is a must read for those who are looking for something new Visit Culebra and experience an island fantasy Then, visit Cheltham and experience real life as a wife and mother. Inspired By The Beloved Classic The Little Mermaid, THE MERMAID S PENDANT Is A Modern Fairy Tale About Growing Up And Discovering Who You Are And What You Believe In At Times Lyrical, This Novel Is A Fantastic Journey Filled With Magic, Myth, Romance, And Adventure Four Years After John Wilkerson Claims The Mermaid Tamarind For His Wife, They Have An Idyllic Marriage That Depends On A Talisman That She Crafted On Their Island Paradise But Tamarind Learns A Painful Truth It Takes Than Legs To Live On Land And Than Magic To Sustain A Bond When The Talisman Breaks, She And John Are Forced To Rely On Themselves Instead Of Magic Three Wise Women Play Key Roles In The Young Lovers Journey To Mature Love Ana, Tamarind S Aging Mentor, Casts Spells And Performs Seductions To Keep The Lovers Apart Valerie, An Expat Jewelry Maker Cum Fairy Godmother, Works Her Own Magic To Bring Them Together Lucy, Their Widowed Neighbor, Grounds The Couple In The Realities Of Marriage, Parenting, And Family I find great potential in this novel, both for the new author and the story Le Ann Reilly interprets the Disney version of a Hans Christian Anderson beloved classic into her own modern fairy tale Her attempts to be true to the nature of original stories in the genre, which include the darker side of life different than Disney who provides memorable dark characters to overcome leaves her tale without the heart that she intends I understood her intent, however her lessons were lost in over telling, lengthy description of events rather than character building, but mostly in over emphasis on the dark to the detriment of her story I wanted to knowabout the mermaid s story, her adjustment to daily life and her growing maturity and comprehension of what it means to be human and the roller coaster of true love This was buried within a soap opera of occurrences surrounding the mermaid, her friends, and family and extreme adolescent behaviors of all I saw the complexity of the story intended and the multiple dimensions of all of the characters, both the heroes and villains none are distinctly bad or good and all have complex motivations for their behaviors I also found the settings and varied cultures to be well chosen and presented in a manner that allowed the reader to experience each whether a slow paced island, a money oriented place of business, a well respected university, or a suburban neighborhood , lending a truly modern atmosphere I am looking forward toto come from Le Ann Reilly She obviously writes with love and great imagination. Life is about making hard choices and making sure that you do whatever it takes to see them through to the best of your ability.This is a wonderful story that takes the fantasy of a mermaid and weaves it seamlessly into a realistic life story The challenges facing Tamrind to make her journey possible consisted of family, friends and love that all worked against her Once she overcame all of those issues through persistence and patience, she then had to learn to deal with the real world When we grow up, life changes always seem like moving into a brand new world, as when Tamrind went from her fairy tale life to being a normal married woman Once she made the leap, she then had to figure out how to make it work without all of her fading traces of mermaid life Learning to trust and have faith is hard when your known world starts to fade away She had help along the way from Lucy, who charges through a large amount of personal and family life issues while still maintaining her faith in the goodness of people Tamrind finally learned that no one is perfect, but most people are trying to make life work the best way they know how and constantly finding reasons that make it all worthwhile. Really hard to get into Characters aren t very likable, and they do really frustrating things, like not commmunicating, which would solve most if not all their problems I wouldn t have finished it, except I won the book, so felt I should, for the author But it was well written, except for the slow slow slow beginning. The beginning of this book is a retold tale of The Little Mermaid More the Disney version rather than the Grimm faerie tale This telling is also set in the present time and John is no prince In fact, he is flawed as much as any human being Tamarind falls for John and is determined to be with him no matter the consequences of her decision Ana, plays the sea witch well and she helps Tamarind transform herself into a human to be with John Ana s motives are not altruistic and her true price for Tamarind s transformation is not given voice until Tamarind herself figures it out However, to get to what Ana truly wants, she must get John out of the way Ana s manipulations are tireless throughout the book Luckily for the couple Valerie, a friend to both, also has a bit of magic which brings the couple together Her magic is felt and seen in the form of a pendant as well as sage advice.In the second half of this book we learnof what happens after people ride off into the sunset The mystical part is not gone as Ana still weaves her magic to come between the couple and their child, Sarah, has an outlook to life far beyond her young years She meets a kind neighbor, Lucy, who has the wisdom of years to draw from She becomes another rock Tamarind can cling to and find strength Luckily Ana is unaware of this rock As time goes by and things in marriage get complicated and misunderstandings abound, the couple s silence of things left unsaid becomepowerful than any spell Ana can weave However, questions still remain Does Ana take advantage of this problem and win Can the couple find their way back to each other Will they learn that even though their beginning was the stuff of fairy tales it still takes work to make a relationship last Hmm not telling You ll have to read the book to find out.I give this book 4 stars The beginning was delightful I enjoyed the retelling of The Little Mermaid The second half, although very different, did fit with the first half of the book It readlike a chick lit book as people learn about themselves and each other My only complaint is John I would like to see John to have given upof his lifestyle for Tamarind I would have liked to have seen him truly grasp the enormity of Tamarind s gift In ways he certainly does, but some times I wanted to smack his head to make him see Granted Tamarind didn t tell him, however she wasn t a human long and was used to reading another s mind I did enjoy that John was flawed and not this mystical prince come to save the day sometimes that really annoys me , but I still would have like to have seen some sort of thought process that involved his wife . I have tried to write this without any spoilers, but it has proven to be a tough task and I apologize if anyone feels I ve let too much slip out I have always been a fan of the original tale of The Little Mermaid It s a little grittier and real than the beloved Disney take on the story It is darker, basedon the theme of love lost and sacrifice than of the happily ever after everyone associates with the title nowadays This wonderful modern and updated version is closer to that first telling of the classic story.I must admit that I really didn t care for John in the beginning I thought he was full of himself, selfish, and promiscuous He was technically cheating on two women for a while Not my kind of man I did warm up to him eventually Especially when he gets caught up in a web of deceit that really wasn t his doing I almost felt sorry for him, not quite though I tend to be hard nosed when it comes to infidelity issues But what counts, is that I did like him when it came down to it.I loved Tamarind She was fresh and quite funny without meaning to be It was nice seeing our jaded world through her innocent eyes The author did a lovely job of showing her naivete and her strength at the same time Her belief in humans and her loyalty was very sweet, if misguided and mostly undeserved She is very straight forward and unfortunately learns how devious and underhanded people can be I loved the descriptions of her and her surroundings as well as her life as a mermaid.There were several other characters who supported the story, both good and bad With the evil outweighing the good, Tamarind and John had their work cut out for them I loved that Tamarind found Valerie as a role model and sort of guardian Tamarind s faith in her teacher Ana turns out to be ill placed and she suffers for it Tamarind s neighbor Lucy also helps teach the pair what it takes to make it in this life She s a nice balance for John s ex, Zoe I immediately detested her when she appeared on the scene She s one of those type of women All of these characters were well written and fleshed out quite nicely They did what they were created to do in as much as you either loved them or hated them A very imaginative remake with a healthy dose of magic and reality, I highly recommend this book and I think it is another story that would be an outstanding choice for a book club selection There are many points to ponder in this tale that can be applied to our own everyday lives My copy has a great reading guide in the back that would spur some lively discussions You can also download it HERE. All our lives are a mix of the magical and the mundane The Mermaid s Pendant, a superbly imagined tale of a mythical creature come to live among mortals, takes this thought not only as premise but as problem how do we keep the heart from atrophy in the long intervals of the one, or from consuming itself in the effulgent moments of the other How to transport love s transcendence, its sustaining ephemera, out of the day and over a lifetime And in forming ourselves to a union of souls, as in wedding or spellbinding, how do we answer the doubt, when certainty s back is turned, that what we ve thrown off in the process was our essential character Affording manifold perspective on these questions, the book has a treasure of female voices, women standing at every vantage of Aristotle s three ages of man, indeed, perhaps Shakespeare s seven That Aristotle and Shakespeare so gendered them points up the need forsuch compensations The settings too are divergent, the pitch and tone of the narrative modulated We get the purrs of seduction and the fulminations of jealousy There is the colorful argot of talismans and glamours and potions alongside the routines of cooking and coding and childrearing The descriptions, of both the fanciful and the familiar mermaid and man, sea and earth, flight and rootedness, flora and fauna of Caribbean isle and domestic chores and office politics of New England suburb are rich and assured It s a pleasure to enter and be led among the things of this world Running throughout, behind the fury of hurricanes and the machinations of witches, is the central romantic problem, and the author s interesting choice to take up an age old children s story and extend it in order to explore a common but relatively recent adult task, that of translating the poetry of love s genesis into the prose paraphrasing and long winded but faithful of modern marriage.The ending, when it comes, is as dark and serious as fairy tales are meant to be, and has you negotiating, as we tend to do in our own lives on approach of great trials, between your fears and your hopes. This book is HUGE We re talking almost 600 pages One of the longest books I ve read in a long time, and its length is my excuse for not having finished it sooner But, I read what I could when I could, and today I made the point of finishing it It had gotten to the culmination of everything, and finally had the feel of can t put it down because I must see how it ends urgency.As I m sure is no surprise to you, it is somewhat difficult to write a review for a book that took so long to read, but this time I m finding that the story is surprisingly clear in my head That speaks to how well it s written Clearly it s an unforgettable story, and crafted very well It s very descriptive, very emotive, and very interesting I thought the characters were great, especially Valerie, Lucy, and even John I hated Ana, but then I think that s the mark of a good antagonist If you can get your readers hating your bad guy or gal in this case , you ve done your job The most frustrating part was having a crystal clear picture of what exactly it was that she was up to, but seeing everyone else completely unaware Although, I do wonder if Valerie hadawareness than she let on This is retelling, no reworking, of the classic fairy tale, The Little Mermaid Unfortunately, I have not read that, and am only intimately familiar with Disney s version But, I do know that the ending actually isn t a happy one, and that there actually was a moral to the story In The Mermaid s Pendant, we lose the depressing ending but keep the moral s It is handled very well, and quite beautifully written Culebra comes to life in vivid color while the story unfolds The detail with which the story is told really helps the reader see what s going on The same could even be said for the Boston area, especially the area behind John and Tamarind s home.Overall, I really liked this story a lot I am sorry it took me so long to finish it, but it definitely was worth the time I plan to hold on to this book in hopes of having time for a reread somewhere down the road. The Mermaid s Pendant is like the adult version of The Little Mermaid It still has the magic of the fairy tale, but Leann Neal Reilly takes the classic tale and tests the happy ever afterromance Tamarind is the naive mermaid that gives up everything she knows to live a human life with John With the help of Ana, a local witch, Tamarind goes through the motions of winning John s heart from two other women that he is already involved with Yeah, when the two meet, John already has a girlfriend and has just started a fling with someone else.Although John is already juggling two women, he s still drawn to Tamarind and after much drama, they finally get together That s where the real story begins.I was seriously intimidated by the size of this book when I first got it As I read it, there was so much going on in the lives of Tamarind and John that I felt the book actually should have been longer Their relationship made my head hurt It started out strong with them knowing each other s mind and mood, but became so strained because they didn t trust each other At times, their daughter could sense that something was seriously wrong when they couldn t I was confused about that part, but it kept the story interesting.The ex girlfriend and the witch created the most the strain with Tamarind and John s relationship I kept waiting for a knock down drag out session with the ex and a magical showdown with the witch, but the events that got rid of them were unexpected twists.