When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel by Barbara O'Neal ( Kindle Edition ) Kindle eBook | Books
When We Believed in Mermaids is an engrossing, turbulent, and poignant book about two sisters, Kit and Josie. When the story begins, Kit is shocked to see her sister in the background of a news broadcast from New Zealand, thousands of miles away from their home in California--especially since Josie had been killed 15 years earlier. When she goes to New Zealand to find her sister, Kit unknowingly sets off a chain of events that will impact her own life, as well as that of her sister and the life she has built. Kit and Josie were such complex, fascinating characters, each of them reacting to the pain of their childhoods which left them emotionally scarred. The flashbacks in the story give so much insight to the horrors of their childhood; the neglect, the abuse, the addictions. But they also show us the love the two sisters had for each other, the closeness they shared until it all went horribly wrong. The setting of the book was fantastic, from the beaches of Santa Cruz to the beauty of New Zealand.
This book is an incredible collection of complicated lives woven into a beautifully surprising tapestry. Barbara O’Neal has quite the gift of storytelling. The personalities of both Kit and Mari are quite distinct even while their gut-deep yearning for each other is identical. Could anyone else have imagined such a unique story of lives so broken that pulling yourself back together seems nearly impossible? O’Neal tells these stories with such clarity, passion, and commitment, giving credit to each character’s struggles and emotions. And the imagery - the brush this author uses to paint the details of each and every scene, whether it is of food, surfing, or just sitting, is so full of color it simply cannot be described.
About the Author
Barbara O’Neal is the author of twelve novels of women’s fiction, including The Art of Inheriting Secrets, How to Bake a Perfect Life, and The All You Can Dream Buffet. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.