Alice Riley is a special young woman, with mysterious abilities, an affinity for water, and webbed toes. Alice moves from the insular world of Riley, Georgia, to the Bonavendier's actual island of Sainte's Point, she learns about her past, and is torn between loyalty to her new-found kin, and the charming Griffin Randolph, with a grudge against them linked to his own dark past.
Alice, as a character, was interesting to read about. _ that someone who has been basically mistreated by her family for as long as she can remember, would fall into a relationship _as magic as it was _ just like that. It is, however, the first fantasy book by this author that I've read, and it shows. Basically I want to say: There's a gem hidden in this story, so, delete all of this, and rewrite it once again.
I think my biggest problem with the book was that it is a story about a woman coming into her own, but it seemed to happen so easily for her - or at least we didn't get much info otherwise about her struggling to find her way.
Alice is out swimming when she rescues a child from drowning. There has always been a feud between the Randolphs and the Bonavendiers. With the help of the Bonavendiers past wrongs will start to be righted and old wounds will begin to heal. The voice that tells this story is fluid, haunting, and lyrical.
1-star rated books I either could not bring myself to finish, or I feel I wasted time from my life I can never recover. So, a 2-star rating, like this book, is a book that had some potential, some elements that appealed, but simply didn't fulfill that potential. I read the e-book version that was free for a time for the Kindle.
I wanted to like this book because it's about mermaids, and I kept reading the book because of the mystery surrounding a shipwreck, but I didn't enjoy it that much.
Okay book about a girl who discovers love, her father's family and that she's a mermaid. (view spoiler) There were a couple of things that bothered me about this book. 2. The author goes out of her way to describe how rich and elegant and better than everyone these mermaids (ok, 1/16th mernaid) are. 4. The main character goes from never been kissed (at 34!) to sex on a first date.
I liked this book.
Alice at Heart is nothing like book.
Story-wise, this was like reading ..hm, a peaceful mystery? I'm being generous giving the book 2 stars, and it only gets that because the characters were interesting - but they aren't interesting enough for me to read the sequel.
aka Jackie Leigh aka Della Stone aka Leigh Bridger Bestselling Author Co-founder, co-publisher Vice-president, Editor in Chief BelleBooks, Memphis, TN Deborah Smith is the New York Times bestselling author of A Place to Call Home, and the No. 1 Kindle Bestseller The Crossroads Cafe, A Gentle Rain and other acclaimed romantic novels portraying life and love in the modern Appalachian South. For the past fifteen years Deborah has partnered with Debra Dixon to run BelleBooks, a small press originally known for southern fiction, including the Mossy Creek Hometown Series and the Sweet Tea story collections.