The Mermaid Collector

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Penguin, 2012 - Fiction - 368 pages
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More than a century ago, lighthouse keeper Linus Harris left his beloved wife and waded into the ocean with three other men to reunite with their mermaid lovers. The mysterious Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 has become legend for the residents of Cradle Harbor, Maine, honored by the town's Mermaid Festival every August, when wind chimes are hung from seaside porches to drown out the alluring sound of mermaid song.

For thirty-five-year-old Tess Patterson, the legend is more than folklore; it's proof of life's magic. A hopeless romantic who is profoundly connected to the ocean in which she lost her mother, Tess ekes out a living as a wood-carver and longs to find a love as mystical as the sea. But when she's hired to carve the commemorative mermaid sculpture for the coming festival, a chance to win the town's elusive acceptance might finally be in her grasp.

For Tom Grace, life's magic was lost at eighteen, when the death of his parents left him to care for his reckless brother, Dean. Now thirty-five and the new owner of Cradle Harbor's prized lightkeeper's house, Tom hopes the quiet town will calm Dean's self-destructive ways. But when Tom discovers Tess working on her sculpture, an unlikely and passionate affair ignites between them that just might be the stuff of legend itself—even as it brings to the surface a long-buried secret that could tear everything apart.

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User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

The Mermaid Collector by Erika Marks Have read many of the authors other works and have enjoyed them. This one starts out in the present day and she is finishing up her sculpture of the mermaid. It's ... Read full review

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User Review  - smartchiksread - LibraryThing

A quick easy read, this story brings together a likable set of characters in a Maine beach resort town. The town is getting ready to celebrate a legend from the 1800's in which a lightkeeper and three ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
9
Section 2
61
Section 3
75
Section 4
87
Section 5
89
Section 6
109
Section 7
149
Section 8
169
Section 10
225
Section 11
245
Section 12
277
Section 13
309
Section 14
325
Section 15
333
Section 16
343
Copyright

Section 9
171

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About the author (2012)

A native New Englander, Erika Marks has worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator and a carpenter. This is her second novel.

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