The Mermaid of Penperroby Lisa Cach
Tom Trewella is not one to be defeated by a little thing like a boatload of the king’s men. When a singer on the
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In 1804, in the village of Penperro, Cornwall, life is looking dim for the villagers who rely on smuggling more than fishing for their daily bread. The Preventive Water Guard has come to town, and stationed a boat in their very own harbor.
Tom Trewella is not one to be defeated by a little thing like a boatload of the king’s men. When a singer on the run takes refuge in a cottage nearby, he devises a plan to distract the tax men from their duties: Penperro will have a mermaid.
Konstanze will do anything to stay hidden in the wilds of Cornwall. If that means donning a fish tale and splashing about while singing operatic arias, she’ll do it. For the proper fee, of course.
What neither of them expect, though, is the danger that can come when a man outside the law lands a mermaid who is anything but a cold fish.
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Lisa Cach is the award-winning author of more than twenty romantic novels and novellas, ranging across sub-genres from Paranormal, Historical, Contemporary, and Chick Lit, to Young Adult. Her novel “Dating Without Novocaine” was named one of Waldenbooks’ “Best Books of 2002,” and she is a two-time finalist for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America.
Ms. Cach was raised in the moss and mud of the Pacific Northwest, where she still suffers through the long grey winters today. She has used travel to inspire her fiction for decades, and in service to her art has hiked the foothills of the Himalaya, picked leeches off her legs in the jungles of Borneo, eaten dinner in the childhood home of Vlad the Impaler in Transylvania, and worn out her feet following an ancient pilgrimage route in the southwest of France. She has sailed the Caribbean as a working crew member of a research schooner, and taught writing aboard the MV Explorer on a voyage up the Amazon. Her professional background includes teaching conversational English in Japan, an M.A. in counseling psychology, and several years working the graveyard shift on a mental health crisis line.
Visit her online at http://lisacach.com, or like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lisacachbooks.
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I have always been fascinated by mermaids and all the other creatures that people believe to be mythical. I could not put this book down and I highly recommend it to anyone! I can't wait to read it again!
Konstanze had been gifted with her mother's talent of singing opera. When her mother was on her deathbed, Konstanze vowed to marry John Bugg for security despite him being decades older than her. After two years of abuse, she fled to a cottage in Penperro (Cornwall) that her husband did not know she had inheritated. The husband sent his son, Bugg II, to locate her.
Mr. Foweather was with the Preventive Water Guard Service. He was in Penperro to catch smugglers. However, the people of Penperro could not afford the high taxes of the Crown. Smuggling was the only way they could survive. When Foweather heard Konstanze singing, he followed her voice and thought he saw a mermaid. Upon seeing him, Konstanze dove into the sea to hide because she had been swimming nude (in her private cove). This gave Tom and idea.
Tom Trewella was not a smuggler himself, but he did do the paperwork, scheduling, selling, and such of the smuggled goods. He hired Konstanze to play the part of a mermaid to lure Foweather and his crew away whenever they got too close to the ships or goods. The entire village got into the act. Soon, the Mermaid of Penperro became a legend!
***** This one is a keeper! I loved it so much that I refuse to even loan it out, for fear of losing it! The mermaid costume was designed artistically for easy and fast maneuvering! Awesome story that I highly recommend! *****
In 1804 Kent, England, John Bugg shows his spouse Konstanze a book filled with naked women in bondage. He expects that to heat her blood to the boiling point and gets his riding crop to add to the fun. Unable to deal with her husband¿s perversions, Konstanze leaves. She travels to Penperro on the Cornish coast where Tom Trewella watches her come out of the sea. In desperate need of tricking the crown¿s Preventive Water Guards so he can continue his smuggling operation, Tom hatches a wild idea. He offers Konstanze the role of a mermaid, a part she cannot resist though she knows she must stay hidden from Buggs. An attraction between Tom and Konstanze was not expected, but feelings of love further disrupt the con game. THE MERMAID OF PENPERRO is not the typical regency romance as it reads as if PT Barnum decided to write a novel using Lisa Cach¿s cache of talent. The story line is superb, amusing, and quite entertaining as Tom, Konstanze, and the townsfolk try to pull off a scam. Anyone who relishes something unique and different in their reading material will find this historical a top choice. Harriet Klausner