Happy pub day to the newest release from Christina Henry!
Thanks to Berkley Pub #PRHPartner for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.
THE MERMAID – Christina Henry
Last year I read LOST BOY (see that review here) and I couldn’t put it down. The story of how Captain Hook came to be was amazing, so when I saw that there was a historical fiction novel about the Mermaid of Fiji in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum, I was instantly intrigued!
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
Are you a fan of mermaids? Of Barnum’s? Well, Christina Henry has created the perfect mash up of these in her newest release, THE MERMAID. This takes a detour away from the retellings that we know and love from Henry, this one is more of a historical fiction novel. This is based on the Fiji Mermaid found in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum and it was told in such a unique and refreshing way.
Amelia had always dreamed of leaving her home in the ocean to see what else there was in the world. One day, her dreams came true when she was caught in a fisherman’s net. She couldn’t stand the thought leaving him, so she left the sea and became his wife. After word of his disappearance at sea, Amelia is approached by a man with an offer to bring her across the country to be featured in P.T. Barnum’s American Museum for Odd Things. After agreeing to be apart of the museum, Amelia never realized that she wouldn’t be able to leave whenever she pleased. Barnum has his star attraction, and he’s not about to let her get away.
I don’t know how Christina Henry does it! While I was a little sad to see this wasn’t a retelling, I was even more excited for the fact that it was historical fiction with a twist. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and Barnum’s has always been fascinating to me. So this was the perfect combination in genres/topics, and Henry brought Amelia to life. This was such a quick read and I stayed glued to the pages.
If you’re enchanted by mermaids, fascinated with P.T. Barnum’s, and are searching for a unique and refreshing story, then look no further! This is a great one for a summer afternoon on the beach or by the pool.
What’s your favorite book by Christina Henry? I’ve only read LOST BOY and I’ve heard great things about her others!