Jade is a 17-year-old mermaid who lives in the underwater city of Thessalonike. Her mother is a trusted advisor of the mer-king, and Jade’s family is upper-class and privileged.
When Jade’s fiancé, Tor, murders a naiad, the resulting unrest puts Jade’s family in danger and threatens the well-being of Thessalonike. Jade is faced with making decisions for the greater good that will result in her making sacrifices.
Breakwater is enjoyable, well-written and imaginative. I like mermaid stories, and admit I love Disney’s The Little Mermaid. However, there is more to this story than a young mermaid falling in love with a human and living happily ever after. There are relevant themes of political intrigue, prejudice and helping others. Jade is a likable character, and I like how she grows, deals with her own prejudices and decides to do the right thing. I also love Jade’s relationship with Kiki, her dolphin.
I would recommend Breakwater.
This is the cover of the paperback edition of Flaming Tree that I read.
This is the cover of the hardcover edition, and actually fits better with the storyline. The cover was changed for the paperback edition, probably to play up the romance which isn’t really the main point of the story, although it is a factor.
Kelsey Stewart is a physical therapist who works with children who have been injured. She is devoted to her job, but goes through a rough time when she is in a car accident that takes the life of her young son Mark. To make things worse, Kelsey’s husband Carl blames her for the tragedy and their marriage ends.
Kelsey is introduced to the Hammond family through her Aunt Elaine. Tyler Hammond is going through his own trials because of an accident that has left his son Jody brain damaged and his wife Ruth unable to walk. By helping Jody, Kelsey begins the healing process, faces her challenges, and uncovers some dark family secrets.
I liked this book. The setting is wonderful. I’ve been to the Carmel area, although it has been quite a while, and it is gorgeous. Kelsey is a strong, likeable character. The interaction between her and the other characters, particularly Jody and Tyler, is well done. The themes of healing by helping others and dealing with secrets are interesting. Flaming Tree is worth reading.
Wishing all a safe and happy July 4 holiday.
Romi Lachlan is a young woman with her share of challenges. Her fiancé, Phil Gerald, has disappeared, taking the money from Verify, the tech company where they are employed, with him. Romi is broke, blackballed and unable to find a job. As a result, she is forced to move back to her childhood home, a trailer park in Bisby, Texas. Her dysfunctional family further complicates matters.
But things have changed in Bisby; the once poor area is now prosperous. With the help of an FBI agent, Ben Sawyer, who initially appears to be investigating her involvement with Phil’s fleecing Verify, Romi sets out to uncover a number of secrets.
This book is engaging and enjoyable; Ms. Lamb is an excellent writer. Romi is a likeable, strong character, and I love the interaction between her and Sawyer and her crazy-as-loons family. The book is fast-paced. There are several story arcs but this is executed in a logical manner and holds the reader’s interest. I did wonder somewhat about Romi’s snarky comments throughout the story, but came to realize this is a defense mechanism to deal with stress. The snarky attitude is covering vulnerability. There is an element of reconciliation and putting the past to rest that I like a lot also.
The Devil’s Dance is a worthwhile read.
Passing along a lovely post from Morgan’s site.
The Delicious Glimmer
Amid the shadows of your gaze,
Like Sweet, Enrapturing moonlight spilling from the velvet sky,
Intoxicating, Heart and Soul,
Each breath Lush Divinity,
Each sigh Purest Praise
Falling from my lips,
A cascading torrent of Love’s Desire
Beautiful Original Photography by @dotzsoh.