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Selkies, werewolves, and a minotaur? Eleven-year old Abbie Flanders is surely a girl with too much imagination. Or is she?

It's Maine in the Fifties, and Abbie Flanders knows she's going to have the worst summer ever-until she meets Rachel, a new friend who leads her into the surprising world of the changelings and shapeshifters who are her neighbors in Flanders Cove.

But meanwhile, Abbie's baby sister Tink is a still a nuisance, her three ...

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Overview

Selkies, werewolves, and a minotaur? Eleven-year old Abbie Flanders is surely a girl with too much imagination. Or is she?

It's Maine in the Fifties, and Abbie Flanders knows she's going to have the worst summer ever-until she meets Rachel, a new friend who leads her into the surprising world of the changelings and shapeshifters who are her neighbors in Flanders Cove.

But meanwhile, Abbie's baby sister Tink is a still a nuisance, her three older brothers are pests, and Mom and Dad are working double-time to keep from losing their ramshackle home, formerly a tavern called "The Fisherman's Bride."

Among the changelings are "Aunt Lily," Abbie's favorite person in the whole world, and Gavin, a bear boy who cannot resist the sound of a baseball bat hitting a ball just right. But there's also Aris Flanders-a dark and cruel bull of a man-and he is determined to destroy the very family that once cherished him.

Years ago, Aris caused an accident that killed his adoptive parents-Abbie's own great-grandparents-and he also tried to convince the shapeshifters to rebel against the townspeople, but Destin Brousseau, a white caribou who loves his human life as town doctor, ran Aris off and restored the changeling tribe's rituals and dignity.

Now, to combat the new dangers triggered by the return of this evil old man, daydreamer Abbie must quickly grow into a young woman of action, as fearless as her seafaring great-grandmother once was.

When Aris kidnaps the toddler Tink, it is up to Abbie, Rachel, and a gang of neighborhood kids to go to the rescue.

While Abbie's adventure takes center stage, the tales of the Flanders Cove changelings provide THE FISHERMAN'S BRIDE with a rich background tapestry of folklore and fantasy, and give the reader an understanding of how both nature and nurture affect our personalities and the decisions we make.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481851244
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/17/2013
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Jean Walsh grew up on in a small town on the coast of Maine, and has since lived inland much too much. She currently resides quite happily in Alameda, California, on the edge of San Francisco Bay. Barbara Jean is a freelance writer and editor, paddles on a dragonboat team, and volunteers as part of a youth sailing program. She has participated in National Novel Writing Month several times, and has also written more than 100 "postcard poems," many of which are available on her Tumblr site, "Widdershinnery". She has two children, two grandchildren, and two grandcats. They all continue to amaze her. At least one is likely to be a changeling.

Barbara Jean works in the marine industry, paddles on a dragonboat team, and volunteers as part of a youth sailing program.

She has participated in National Novel Writing Month several times, and has also written more than 100 "postcard poems," many of which are available on her Tumblr site "Widdershinnery".

She has two children, two grandchildren, and two grandcats. They all continue to amaze her. At least one is likely to be a changeling.

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  • Posted January 21, 2013

    I've always been drawn to selkies, being mostly Orcadian (the is

    I've always been drawn to selkies, being mostly Orcadian (the islands just north of Scotland) by blood; to other-worldly tales of sea and woodland magic; to any story that explores the rhythm and interplay of a lively multi-generational family.

    This novel encompasses them all. The plot line is built upon local history and color (the "Fisherman's Bride", for instance, is the local pub whose street-side sign was changed generations before-- I'll let you find that gem yourself) and upon the dynamics of village life.

    The inhabitants are tied to each other in ways natural and supernatural, with emotions and behavior that are all in the realm of the everyday. It's just that when selkies and shape-changers become friends with or fall in love with mortals, the tensions and strains of life can have both fascinating and unexpected results.

    Nothing outré, nothing to strain credulity: the reader will want to hasten to Maine to find this mist-enshrouded community of doctors and fisherfolk, farmers and publicans...

    Walsh has created a time and place that is engaging, absorbing, and credible. It is accessible to a mature young adult as well as intriguing to an adult whose ancestry or affinity includes tales of the sea and forest. It is sure to charm you and to expand your grasp of what is 'real'.

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