Title: Eddystone Light
Author: Amelia Smith
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: December 27, 2012
My father was the keeper of the Eddystone Light
Slept with a mermaid one fine night.
From this union there came three:
A porpoise, a porgie and the other was me.
Jack studies accountancy, lives with his maiden aunt in an upright Victorian household, and smells like a fish. The fishy smell drives girls away faster than they can be introduced.
When Jack visits his lighthouse-keeper father on the Eddystone rocks, he meets his mother for the first time since he was a baby. She’s a mermaid. Jack’s mother sends him on a quest to find his two lost brothers, a porpoise and a porgie fish.
Jack’s quest transforms him from lonely boy to glamorous merman. Along the way, he falls in love, battles carnival hucksters, and is scolded by a porpoise… and that’s before he meets the mermaids.
This was a really enjoyable read. The story concept was interesting, unique and fast-paced. I enjoyed the twist and turns the story took, the predicaments the hero found himself in and the secondary characters. The paranormal/fantasy aspect made the story all the more enjoyable. What’s also interesting is that this story was based off of an old folk song. The fact that there is a song with this concept is pretty cool!
I’d recommend for most ages, for those that like adventure with a twist and those that like quick, fast reads.
Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book
Source: Received a copy of this novella via LibraryThing.com member giveaway.