After giving up her tail for an international banker, Isabella of the Mediterranean kingdom is aged, weathered, and abandoned on the fog-drenched shores of southwest England. She faces her human journey as a plain and practically destitute fifty-three-year-old woman.
With the help of a magic tablet and online mermaid support, she reinvents herself as a career counselor, motivational speaker, and writer of self-help books. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, among them former mermaids, supportive and not-so-supportive women, deserving and undeserving men, and several New Agers. As Isabella evolves into Barbara Davies, she embraces her middle-aged body, heals her bruised heart, and learns to love again.
This contemporary version of "The Little Mermaid" offers hope and inspiration to anyone who has been dumped, deceived, or demoted. It will also appeal to mermaid enthusiasts.
|Publisher:||Soul Mate Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Once upon a time, Isabella was a mermaid. Now, she’s a middle-aged, overweight woman named Barbara. In Between Land and Sea, Isabella gave up her tail to be with an international banker. But when she’s punished, and loses more than just her tail, but also her youth and good looks, he leaves her. Now she’s stuck in a body she never wanted, and in a world she never wanted to belong to, and she struggles to live with her new reality. Thankfully she has a magic tablet to help her, and an online mermaid support group. Barbara is determined not to rely on others, and not to need a man to help fend for her – she wants to be able to fend for herself. She does an admirable job of dealing with her new life, and of never giving up. I loved this book. It’s at times hilarious, at times strangely eye-opening. The plot is great – original and entertaining. But the main reason why I absolutely adored this, would be Barbara. Why do all main characters tend to be either young (teens or twenties) or in their thirties? Barbara is in her fifites and she’s much more entertaining. She struggles with all the things women in their fifties typically struggle with – weight issues, getting tired faster than in the decades before, some type of midlife crsis, and so on. This is an entertaining, solid book, recommended to everyone looking for a new type of book, offering something unexpected and a protagonist you can’t help but root for. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.