This book is based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid. I love myths about mermaids. My son loves Greek Mythology and tells me stories about the Sirens that destroy the lives of sailors out at sea.
Ruth and Michael have bought an amazing debilitated house on the edge of the Hebridean island of Harris in Scotland. It needs completely renovating and their dream is to turn it into a guest house. Ruth has some struggles she needs to over come from her past and the house holds some secrets.
There are two main characters in the book and their stories are a century apart however learning about the past can sometimes help us deal with the present.
I struggled for the first chapter or two. Books that jump between two characters are not my favorite, let alone two different time periods and three characters. However, the story really grew on me and I was intrigued as to how it was going to end. I however found the story about Reverend Alexander Ferguson a little more interesting that Ruth and Micheal's. His story was based during the in the 1860s when crofters are being forced to emigrate or die. I found the historical references and characters quite endearing.
Ferguson was conducting his own search to uncover the truth behind local legend of the selkies. It's a story about how the decisions we make can effect more than just our lives but those around us. Moira is Ferguson's maid her people are the ones being evicted.
This book was well written and by the end I really enjoyed it. However, it wasn't one that I would rave about. It was good but it took me about a week to read, which for me is a really long time.
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