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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,414 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolyn Turgeon Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Two sheltered princesses, one wounded warrior; who will live happily ever after?
Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while rumors of war threaten her kingdom. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that he is not only a prince but also the son of her father’s greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.
Meanwhile, the mermaid princess, Lenia, longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart.

A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. Beautifully written and compulsively readable, it will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vividly imagined and skillfully told, Mermaid is a dark tale that shimmers with light.”

    Cathy Marie Buchanan, New York Times bestselling author

  • Mermaid is resplendent with shimmering details, the dark and thrilling story behind that comforting childhood memory. At once fresh and familiar, heartbreaking and full of hope, this dark retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid is like a gorgeous dream remembered.”

    Jeanine Cummins, bestselling author of A Rip in Heaven

  • “Turgeon’s ability to breathe new life into the old bones of a beloved story we all think we know is unparalleled.”

    Anton Strout, author of the Simon Canderous series

  • “There is a part of every reader that longs to return to the days of reading fairy tales and myths, when imagination had no limits and stories were spellbinding. Carolyn Turgeon’s Mermaid evokes just that feeling. She is one of my new favorite writers.”

    Jo-Ann Mapson, author of the Bad Girl Creek trilogy

  • “Turgeon has done a superb job of creating compelling characters and conflict from a story already familiar to readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “More robust than a fractured fairy tale, Turgeon’s brooding retelling gives voice to both women, fleshing out an essentially tragic tale of destiny and desire…Guaranteed to keep you guessing who—if anyone—will live happily ever after.”


  • “Absorbing, poignant, and heartbreaking. Readers who love fairy-tale retellings will find this fresh take difficult to put down.”

    Library Journal

  • “As moody and atmospheric as a gothic novel, Mermaid is a heartfelt portrait of young love and all its sweet complications. Sweeping and lush, an inspired and imaginative reimagining of my favorite fairy tale.”

    Timothy Schaffert, author of The Coffins of Little Hope

  • “A gothic love triangle with two equally matched heroines. This isn’t kid’s stuff.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Magical and mysterious, Mermaid’s twist on a classic tale is as ingenious as it is delightful.”

    Caroline Leavitt, author of Pictures of You

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lisa Warner | 2/19/2014

    " This is not your Disney movie mermaid. A different take on the old story. It's a love triangle worth reading! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jane | 2/17/2014

    " Well-written and paced. Beautiful imagery. Lovely retelling of the little mermaid tale. Can't wait to read more of this author's works! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Lori W | 2/7/2014

    " Too religious, but a nice quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ariel | 2/5/2014

    " I picked this up because I can't resist a good mermaid tail, I mean tale. I admit to be disappointed in the previous book I read this by this author concerning Cinderella but owing in part to the subject matter, I found this book somewhat better. This is a retelling of sorts of the classic Hand Christian Anderson story of a mermaid girl who gives it all up for the love of a prince. The chapters alternate between Lenia, the mermaid and Margrethe the princess. Lenia finds prince Christopher in the ocean drowning and turns him over to Margrethe on land. Both girls decide they can't live without Christopher and set off to be with him with Lenia arriving first minus a tail and a tongue. Christopher has a baby with Lenia but must marry Margrethe in order to unite their two kingdoms and prevent war. The last part of the book was reworked from the tragedy of the Anderson tale in order to facilitate a more happy ending. Fans of fairy tales and mermaid stories will find a lot to enjoy here. This is a recommended read. "

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About the Author
Author Carolyn Turgeon

Carolyn Turgeon is the author of the novels Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, and The Next Full Moon. She lives in Pennsylvania and is at work on her next novel, a retelling of “Rapunzel.”