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A Merman's Kiss (A Novella)
A Merman's Kiss (A Novella)
A Merman's Kiss (A Novella)
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A Merman's Kiss (A Novella)

Автор Laura Lond

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The old legend says that a merman’s kiss will make a girl pretty and bring her luck. One poor working girl is desperate enough to try it. She is warned that she must do everything exactly as she is told... but never warned about the effect it might have on the merman.

ЯзыкEnglish
ИздательLaura Lond
Дата выпуска17 окт. 2011 г.
ISBN9781466041455
A Merman's Kiss (A Novella)
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Laura Lond

Laura Lond is an internationally published author of several novels and a collection of short stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. Having worked for 2 years at a literary museum, Laura entered the world of business, working for large international corporations like Xerox Ltd. and Fluor Daniel. After moving from Europe to the United States, she has been self-employed as a freelancer.

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  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    This is a rather short and sweet read about two plain sisters who wish to be wed and gain social status. One sister Leatra is much more adamant about going about this by any means, whereas Ellie is very timid. I liked that the story took on more of a pragmatic tone than romantic{the story is far less romantic than the title suggests}. Both sisters are very plain looking, which made them nice to read about, and they seem off the bat more realistic. Unfortunately the two sisters personalities aren’t flushed out so well, and they come off as flat. On top of that they read very obviously as bad versus good. I would have liked to see both characters less extreme, so that it would be harder to establish who was ‘right’ or entitled to do certain things. Ellie stuck me as the type of character to be content in settling for anything, which made it hard for me to care about her. The side characters were actually more interesting and complex than the sisters. Overall, I liked the idea of the plot. The message behind the story is nice as well, even if not shown in the best light. It also reads rather quickly, in one sitting, and I didn’t find myself bored. Once the story climaxes and a few things are explained, there’s a three year break and then you see the outcome of everything for Ellie. I found this rather dissatisfying as those three years may have shown a more interesting side of Ellie, and developed her further. There’s also no followup on how things ended up with Leatra, and if she changes at all.I would recommend this story as a fall afternoon read on the porch.I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.
  • Рейтинг: 3 из 5 звезд
    3/5
    This was a surprisingly decent read. I first I thought it would be the usual plot, girl somehow meets guy, they like each other, something bad happens and their split apart, then the realization, and everything ends happily ever after. This one actually gave a twist to the classic format and I found that to be rather enjoyable. I hate the main characters sister simply because of how well the writer did making her an awful person. I thought this was a good read and would probably recommend it to someone who likes a shorter story.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    A very well developed science fiction plot. The myth was realistic, dramatic, romantic, and fantastic enough to be believable. The characters quickly earned my sympathy. Well done in terms of story, romance, setting, period, character development, momentum, flow... I loved the way this story was written and I loved the story itself.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    A nice short story about two sisters. Ellie works as a upstairs maid while Leatra works as a scullar kitchen maid. Both sisters are rather plain and poor and no one at the dances ask them to dance. Ellie is nice and kind while Leatra is selfish. They have 8 other brothers & sisters at home that are younger. Ellie gets told that the story is true about a merman's kiss will bring beauty and wealth but Ellie does not dare and Leatra does decide to try. Its a good short story. It keeps you interested. I was given the ebook to read in exchange of honest review.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    This is a short story that will keep your attention and have you reading the whole thing quickly. It shows the feeling of sisters for each other. It shows how some people respect and appreciate others and others don't care about anyone but themselves. This is a good story for young people to teach respect. I liked it very much.
  • Рейтинг: 2 из 5 звезд
    2/5
    This is a rather short and sweet read about two plain sisters who wish to be wed and gain social status. One sister Leatra is much more adamant about going about this by any means, whereas Ellie is very timid. I liked that the story took on more of a pragmatic tone than romantic{the story is far less romantic than the title suggests}. Both sisters are very plain looking, which made them nice to read about, and they seem off the bat more realistic. Unfortunately the two sisters personalities aren’t flushed out so well, and they come off as flat. On top of that they read very obviously as bad versus good. I would have liked to see both characters less extreme, so that it would be harder to establish who was ‘right’ or entitled to do certain things. Ellie stuck me as the type of character to be content in settling for anything, which made it hard for me to care about her. The side characters were actually more interesting and complex than the sisters. Overall, I liked the idea of the plot. The message behind the story is nice as well, even if not shown in the best light. It also reads rather quickly, in one sitting, and I didn’t find myself bored. Once the story climaxes and a few things are explained, there’s a three year break and then you see the outcome of everything for Ellie. I found this rather dissatisfying as those three years may have shown a more interesting side of Ellie, and developed her further. There’s also no followup on how things ended up with Leatra, and if she changes at all.I would recommend this story as a fall afternoon read on the porch.I received a free electronic copy of this book from the author via LibraryThing.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Laura Lond wrote a splendid little story about two girls (Leatra and Ellie) who are unsatisfied with their social status and want to be noticed by all the hot guys in town. Well, more so Leatra than Ellie but you get the point. Luckily, a legend exists that if you kiss a merman, you will become beautiful and lucky. But, a legend is a legend. They don't tell you everything...For a novella, it isn't all that bad. I finished it in one sitting and I didn't get all that bored. Lady Mirabelle and Delmarius are pretty mysterious characters and Mirabelle has an especially strong personality. I really enjoyed learning about them. Too bad, I don't have the same feelings for Ellie and Leatra. Ellie is the residential timid nice girl who is content no matter what happens.Just try to get her mad. I bet you can't. Leatra, on the other hand, is whiny and self-centered. Her only saving grace is that she sometimes remembers her sister and will do nice things for her. I repeat: when she remembers. Anyway, the short story is well-detailed and descriptive so that you can almost see everything happen in your head. Now, I know some people who don't like to see spelling/grammatical mistakes. I'm giving you a heads up now, there are a few. Nothing that should really detract from your reading experience but it does cause a little hiccup when you see it. One thing that bothered me was that I have is that the story ended way too quickly. You finally learned about the big mystery, everything has been revealed! You then turn the page and then there is a three year time skip. You find out so-and-so happened and that's it. Happily ever after and all that jazz. Leatra pretty much disappears at the very end and while I don't like her all that much, I still want to know what happens to her! Even a passing remark will do!Pro: Interesting plot, detailed description, likeable side charactersCon: Flat main characters, abrupt ending, minor grammatical/spelling errors, Still, this short story is still worth looking into if you want a short-but-sweet read. It's not anything mind-blowing, but it's decent. In addition, she includes a sneak peek of her other book [My Sparkling Misfortune] and that definitely seems like something worth looking into. It's like this novella was a warm up and her next book is her real pitch. In other words, don't count this author out yet! I'm sure she still has plenty of goodies up her sleeves.Received as a free copy for a review.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    Book Title: A Merman’s Kiss Author: Laura LondPublished By: CreatespaceGenre: Supernatural RomanceRecommended Age: Adult choice. Not racey at all. Reviewed By: Emily Tuley / AngelsCryHavocBlog Reviewed For: Great Minds Think Aloud Literary CommunityRating: 4 RavensThis was a wonderful yet short novella. I know I know the whole point of a novella is to be just that a novella but I would have LOVED to see this as a full story book. One that should be and could be a really nice change in romance. The ending was sweet but I almost wish in a way that it would have ended better than it did. I wish that Del’s feelings for Ellie would have changed but we all know and love those romance stories. I just couldn’t help falling in love with this one. I diverge back to what I was saying before short.. To short but great I really do wish that there was more I could say without ruining the book and what happens however I can not wait for more from Laura Lond and absolutely look forward to the day she may change her mind and decide to dip back into the world of Ellie and Del and tell us what else has happened if there might ever be more. Quick and fast read pick it up and fall in love with the characters as I have.
  • Рейтинг: 4 из 5 звезд
    4/5
    A Merman’s Kiss was a cute short story based around fantasy and fairy tale. The story of two sisters, working for a woman of means, Lady Mirabella, and the girls’ preoccupation to marry, ultimately crosses into the world of fantasy to skew the odds in finding a husband. Ellie, the more calm and intelligent of the two sisters, takes a backseat in the story to her selfish sister Leatra, of who is taken in by the merman’s kiss. Leatra’s selfishness is fully explored when the extent of the myth is truly enacted, but in the end, as all fairy tales, everything turns out okay. My only complaint is that it was an odd length; even for a novella. Too long to be a short story, but not enough to be a full book. I’d like to see more to it.
  • Рейтинг: 5 из 5 звезд
    5/5
    This story has a fairy tale like quality and as I read it I was addicted from beginning to the end. Like all fairy tales it a has a happy ending. What a wonderful novella!

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A Merman's Kiss (A Novella) - Laura Lond

A Merman’s Kiss

A Novella

Laura Lond

Published by Laura Lond at Smashwords

Copyright 2011 Laura Lond

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Ellie straightened her simple blue dress—the best one she owned—and adjusted the new shawl on her shoulders. This was going to be the last dance. Her last chance to be asked, although she no longer hoped. Neither the handmade shawl she had spent months embroidering nor even the Lady’s circlet and necklace her sister Leatra was wearing could entice men to dance with them.

The music began; as usual, all the pretty ones were snatched in an instant. Klina, slender and tall, her shiny auburn hair cascading in waves, flittered away with Gorman, one the best pearl divers. While not the most handsome, Gorman always dressed well, and he was a good rider, famous for winning a few races in addition to his legendary skills at finding large pearls. He was generous, too, often bringing sweets for all the girls on a dancing night like today. Tilma the green-eyed, the miller’s daughter, went to dance with Gram. Gram was a charmer. He worked at the Mansion, tending livestock, doing repairs, picking fruit in the garden. He aspired to become a pearl hunter as well, using his time off to train in the lagoon. Girls from wealthier families were being warned to stay away from him; he was said to be a schemer who had nothing and wanted to marry for money, but no one cared. With his shoulder-length black curls, bright blue eyes, and a dashing smile, Gram was every girl’s dream. Mark, the blacksmith’s apprentice, asked Paulina, cute as ever with her rosy cheeks and thick strawberry blond braids tied with red ribbons. Mark was handsome as well, strong and broad shouldered. He and Paulina looked wonderful as they whirled together. He seemed very interested in her, but then, who wasn’t.

No one approached Ellie or Leatra. The only time they got off the chairs today was for the cora, a group dance with everyone holding hands, moving together in a circle. With a specific turn of the music, men were supposed to leave the circle, letting the girls continue, and then break their ring up by each pulling out a girl to do a quick stomping trot with her, after which everyone would join hands again. Ellie was pulled two times by Talmir, her cousin. A kind soul, he was always willing to come to the rescue.

Ellie turned her head, searching for Arman. He was ordinary looking, but nice, or at least it seemed so when he’d once spoken to her at his father’s bakery. Every time she would come to the tavern to dance after that, she hoped he would ask her. He never did. He was already dancing now, too. Oh well.

Ellie had actually enjoyed the cora, it felt so good to move with the music. Her sister didn’t. She said it was a pathetic excuse for a dance, and she’d rather remain in her chair if the musicians play it again. Unlike Ellie, Leatra had spunk.

Their mother had given them beautiful names, Leatra and Elliana. She hoped they would turn into beauties as well. They did not. They were not ugly, just… very, very plain. Skinny and sickly, with sharp, birdlike features and awkward movements as if they were still in their early teens. No one probably realized they were now of marrying age, having recently turned eighteen. Poor mother had accepted the fact that they wouldn’t be married off easily, if ever.

Let’s get out of here, Leatra said. She had a narrow-eyed, mean expression. Ellie’s sister didn’t like not getting what she wanted.

Ellie wouldn’t mind just enjoying the music. It was not often that she had a chance to do so.

The music is good, I’d like to stay and listen.

No point, Leatra cut off. Mother’s right, even a merman’s kiss won’t help us. And we’ve got to get up early for work tomorrow. Are you coming?

And so they slipped away.

Ellie was a little angry at her sister for snapping, but only a little. She knew Leatra had high hopes for the circlet and necklace, just like she had for the shawl herself. Leatra had been pestering Ellie forever to ask the Lady for a piece of jewelry to wear for a dance night. For some unknown reason, Lady Mirabelle seemed to take a liking to Ellie, and Leatra insisted she had to use it. Ellie was terrified of the thought of approaching the Lady with a request—any request, let alone such a bold one.

It’s not my place to ask her of anything! she’d protested. Don’t you see? I’m just the second housemaid, I will lose my position!

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