Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley

I had such high hopes for Bellewether but unfortunately I have fallen victim of another book whose blurb is more interesting that the story itself. I’m disappointed and to be honest a little angry. I haven’t read anything by Kearsley before so I was not aware of her formulaic approach to historical fiction (always multiple POVs that span different time periods being my main issue; see Amber’s review for a breakdown). This is definitely a beach read and if you go in expecting a light beach read I think you will enjoy this; but if you are looking for higher-level than a prettily written story with minimal romance and minimal character development you will likely be disappointed. 

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The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Told in third-person narration in three alternating perspectives, The Mermaid is an enchanting piece of historical fiction that looks into P.T. Barnum’s Feejee Mermaid Hoax of the 1840s. The world Henry crafted is one where the mermaid – Amelia Douglas – was real, and a willing participant in the exhibitions in order to earn money and see the world of humans.

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