The Fisherman's Bride

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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?

Growing up in Maine in the 1950s, Abbie is convinced that she's about to have the worst summer ever. Her baby sister Tink is a nuisance, her three older brothers are all pests, and Mom and Dad are working double-time to keep their home, an old ramshackle tavern from the Revolutionary War called "The Fisherman's Bride."

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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?

Growing up in Maine in the 1950s, Abbie is convinced that she's about to have the worst summer ever. Her baby sister Tink is a nuisance, her three older brothers are all pests, and Mom and Dad are working double-time to keep their home, an old ramshackle tavern from the Revolutionary War called "The Fisherman's Bride."

To make matters worse, Abbie's favorite person in the world, an elderly family friend named Lily, is much too ill for company. What's a girl to do? Abbie retreats to a special spot on the rocks near the entrance of her town's small harbor, and she has a good cry.

When she looks up, she sees a Rachel, a stranger who seems to be a bit lost. Abbie helps Rachel find her way back to the beach, and for the rest of the summer Rachel leads Abbie into the world of the changelings and shapeshifters who surround her.

As it turns out, most of these folks are as sweet as the selkie Rachel or Gavin, a bear boy who cannot resist the sound of a baseball bat hitting a bat just right. But one in particular, Aris, is dark and cruel and is bent on destroying the Flanders family for good.

To meet the challenges that Aris puts up, Abbie must change from a bookish girl lost in fantasy to a young woman of action, much like her seafaring great-grandmother had been.

While Abbie's story takes center stage, the tales of the changelings provide a rich tapestry of folklore and fantasy, as well as 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 Independent Publishing Platform
  • 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 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.

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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