Sunday, April 6, 2014

Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

Title:  Between Land and Sea
Author:  Joanne Guidoccio
Published:  September 17th 2013 by Soul Mate Publishing
Length:  226pgs
Format:  ecopy
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

While writing amongst a sea of up-and-coming authors who have taken to mermaids as their supernatural creature of choice Guidoccio emerges with a very unique and approachable take. She makes her tale into a very inspiring story of reinventing yourself when the need or situation arises. She fills her pages with a well put together story that is furthered by her creativity. Guidoccio tells her story in such a manner that she keeps your emotions engaged while your mind is actively following and participating in the story.

I loved the main character in this story. It was so refreshing to read a novel where the main character wasn’t coming of age or under the age of 30. It adds an extra element of depth to the tale. She was also such a real person, complete with insecurities and strengths. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her journey of self-discovery. The fact that this character doesn’t believe that she needs a man to take care of her even though many are telling her so makes her very easy to relate to and admirable in many lights. I also appreciated how Guidoccio makes her into a self-published author. I enjoyed seeing the positive aspects of this pointed out in such a comforting and awe inspiring story.

This is definitely a one of a kind story from an author that I’m definitely hoping to see more from in the future. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

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