Between Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

Between Land and SeaBetween Land and Sea by Joanne Guidoccio

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a curious book spanning several genres and I’m undecided which target audience it would appeal to. The book introduces us to Isabella a mermaid who has been banished from her underworld Mediterranean Kingdom after she fell in love with a human. I began with images of a fantasy novel which would appeal to the younger market.

Isabella has lost her tail and been given a new human identity as a 53 year old women and dropped into a small Canadian town called Carden. Wow! That was a shocker! I didn’t expect that. She finds that her Grandmother has set her up in an apartment and given her twelve months to get a job, find a man and survive. In keeping with the fantasy element Isabella has the use of a Tablet and a numbers mermaid who can advise her and provide magical buttons to enhance her life skills.

She must make a new life as Barbara Davies. The book takes off on a journey of discovery for Barbara as a middle aged woman who must re-invent herself and this would appeal to many older women who have experienced life, relationships and hardships. Barbara’s lucky, the specialist buttons and good friends allow her to succeed in all that she touches. She embarks on writing a book and this will echo with anyone who has sat down to write their own first book.

Barbara’s job and book all lead her to offering counselling advice and we stay with the adult theme when she meets Graham and begins a slow burner relationship, there’s no hot romance it’s more a background theme. During her publishing process Barbara meets several people who indulge in New Age thinking and self-help therapies and so the book shifts again. The mermaid links pop back and forth reminding us this is a fantasy, which makes it hard to conclude. If you are a older woman who can relate to failed relationships and the need to re-invent your life but who also likes mermaids, plus wants a light read, then this could be for you.

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