Henry weaves an enchanting, magical tale set in the historical world of the greatest showman, P.T. Barnum. With a strong, courageous mermaid at the center, Henry creates a story that is honest and emotional. Amelia is a beautiful, passionate, bold heroine. P.T. Barnum and Levi are both distinctive, vivid characters. Readers will be carried along easily on the complex, interwoven journey of all three. Henry deftly and brilliantly captures the tone and era of the mid-1800s as she delves into the norms and emotions of society at that time. Henry’s latest is a poignant and delightful read.
Curious, adventurous Amelia, a mermaid who is not content to stay in her world under the sea, follows a ship thousands of miles intent on seeing the world. Her journey leads her to the northern coast of Maine and to finding love with a fisherman. Many years later, now a grieving widow, Amelia lives on her own in her little cottage on the coast, when showman/businessman P.T. Barnum learns of her. He sends his business partner Levi Lyman out to see her and convince her to come to New York City and be a part of Barnum’s museum exhibit. Seeing this as her chance to see more of the world, Amelia goes to New York City. While there she goes through a myriad of experiences including finding love again. However, after a time, Amelia finds herself longing for freedom again and the sea, and realizes that getting it back comes at a price. (BERKLEY, Jun., 336 pp., $16.00)