When We Believed in Mermaids – Barbara O’Neal
Title: When We Believed in Mermaids
Author: Barbara O’Neal
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Page Length: 348 pages
When We Believed in Mermaids is not my typical kind of read. But it had mermaids in the title and it seemed to be all about sisters, which is a family thing I share with my own sister. So I could not resist.
It ended up being a deep romance/family drama story about two sisters finding themselves as one hunts for the other. It takes you to the ocean near California and the beaches of New Zealand, setting the scenery for a hot and stormy tale. While mermaids had very little to do with the story, it did not matter, because I was enchanted by the complex characters O’Neal created. A sisterhood marred by neglect and violence, that needs healing and release. A truly heart wrenching and warming story that brought tears to my eyes.
If you enjoy family drama types of stories with a bit of heat woven in, you will probably enjoy this story as much as I did.
You can find the book on Amazon in multiple formats.
Synopsis: Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…
Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.
Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything.