I m a fan of books that make me happy This is one of those I m also hopeless about reading the end if I m not enjoying a book didn t do that here It was fun, with just enough twists in the plot to keep the brain busy and I read the book without skipping to the end At the end of the story, I wanted to haveto read about this lively group of characters The Maine setting gave the plot substance and was well represented Have a fun break from all that serious stuff you ve been slogging t I m a fan of books that make me happy This is one of those I m also hopeless about reading the end if I m not enjoying a book didn t do that here It was fun, with just enough twists in the plot to keep the brain busy and I read the book without skipping 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 SongFor Thirty Five Year Old Tess Patterson, The Legend Is 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. there a better backdrop for a story than the ocean, beaches, lighthouses and mermaids I think not Erika Marks brings to life a story of The Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 to life with Lydia and Linus Harris Linus is the lighthouse keeper in Cradle Harbor, Maine in 1887 Together they are simply a young couple setting up a home and hoping to start a family When an unfathomable event occurs changes everything for this couple and the town A century later, t there a better backdrop for a story than the ocean, beaches, lighthouses and mermaids I think not Erika Marks brings to life a story of The Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 to life with Lydia and Linus Harris Linus is the lighthouse keeper in Cradle Harbor, Maine in 1887 Together they are simply a young couple setting up a home and hoping to start a family When an unfathomable event occurs changes everything for I enjoyed the epistolary way this novel unfolded first with a letter from the 1800s, then a snippet from the coastal Maine town s history book, The Mermaid Mutiny and More, and then an email correspondence hinting at a core conflict in the story.I was immediately drawn into this novel that seamlessly shifted from the present day story of Tess and Tom and Dean, Buzz and Beverly , to the historic story with its mermaid legend belonging to Lydia and Linus Marks does a wonderful job of drawing I enjoyed the epistolary way this novel unfolded first with a letter from the 1800s, then a snippet from the coastal Maine town s history book, The Mermaid Mutiny and More, and then an email correspondence hinting at a core conflict in the story.I was immediately drawn into this novel that seamlessly shifted from the present day story of Tess and Tom and Dean, Buzz I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads Wow The mermaid Collector was a pleasantly delightful read The read was light, heartwarming, sad, happy and magical I managed to finish the book in just a day because I couldn t find myself able to put it down.I love the way the author did the parallel time difference to show the readers were the mermaid legend originated at that town, it flowed smo Nooooo Please Nooooo This book seemed to have such a good premise Old New England town history, mermaids, lighthouses, ocean But after reading The Secret History I am completely spoiled for good writing The writing in this novel is honestly pathetic For example, He came up behind her Tess guided his arms around her waist and leaned into his chest or Tess lifted his hand to her lips, kissing the fingers one by one But in the Secret History, which is not a romance btw , She closed h Nooooo Please Nooooo This book seemed to have such a good premise Old New England town history, mermaids, lighthouses, ocean But after reading The Secret History I am completely spoiled for good writing The writing in this novel is honestly pathetic For example, He came up behind her Tess guided his arms around her waist and leaned My dearest Lydie, By the time you find this letter, I will be returned to the sea So starts The Mermaid Collector, a mesmerizing book that alternates between the 1887 story of Lydia, Linus, and Angus and the current day story of Tess and Tom In a captivating voice, Erika Marks weaves these two stories into a wonderfully rich book complete with an intriguing cast of characters whose histories are all tied to Cradle Harbor, Maine Adding to the book s charm is how Marks interlaces each story i My dearest Lydie, By the time you find this letter, I will be returned to the sea So starts The Mermaid Collector, a mesmerizing book that alternates between the 1887 story of Lydia, Linus, and Angus and the current day story of Tess and Tom In a captivating voice, Erika Marks weaves these two stories into a wonderfully rich book complete with an intriguing cast of characters whose histories are all tied to Such a beautiful story A story built around a tale of Cradle Harbors lighthouse keeper Linus, his wife Lydia and mermaids The whole town is still to this day affected in many ways by what is referred to as the Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 The mutiny for Tess is a reminder of the magic of childhood and her mother for Tom Grace coming to Cradle harbor is a life changing experience.This book has multiple relationships that are so deftly described you become submerged in this poignant romances, losse Such a beautiful story A story built around a tale of Cradle Harbors lighthouse keeper Linus, his wife 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 other men leave their families and run together into the sea to be with the Mermaids they fell in love with The story is told from several points of view Buzz is an old hippy and owner of a small gathering of resort cottages overlooking the sea Buzz and his step daughter, Tess, are each dealing w 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 other men leave their families and run together into the sea to be with the Mermaids they fell in love with The story is told from several points of view Buzz is an old hippy and owner of a small gathering of resort cottages overlooking the sea Buzz and his step daughter, Tess, are each dealing with or not dealing with the loss of his wife Tess mother in their own way.Tess is in a one sided romance with the town golden boy when she meets Tom who has just inherited the lightkeeper s ho Set in the town of Cradle Harbor, Maine, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR takes place during the Mermaid Festival the annual ritual remembering the Mermaid Mutiny of 1888, when a group of the town s men were reportedly lured to sea by the mermaid s call.Local outsider and sculptor Tess Patterson wins a contest with her mermaid woodcarving and finds unlikely love with a troubled man caring for his difficult brother In 1888, a barren fisherman s wife becomes entangled in a painful scandal that threatens her Set in the town of Cradle Harbor, Maine, THE MERMAID COLLECTOR takes place during the Mermaid Festival the annual ritual remembering the Mermaid Mutiny of 1888, when a group of the town s men were reportedly lured to sea by the mermaid s call.Local outsider and sculptor Tess Patterson wins a contest with her mermaid woodcarving and finds unlikely love with a troubled man caring for his difficult brother In 1888, a barren fisherman s wife becomes entangled in a painful scandal that threatens her marriage and her sanity As the mermaid festival approaches, the mysteries of the present and past are