Read Rhody ~ Waking the Merrow by Heather Rigney

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I picked up Waking the Merrow after reading about the Rhode Island Writers Expo in the Providence Journal.

It's an interesting read. I say that because Evie, the protagonist, is easily one of the most unpleasant people I've ever seen as a main character in a story. She's rude and obnoxious, deeply flawed, with a drinking problem and rather careless parenting skills. I didn't connect with her as a person. To pile on, most of the story is in first-person narrative, so there's no avoiding her unhappy, snarky attitude.

Even so, I found the story to be a page-turner. While I didn't much care what happened to Evie, I was curious to see where the story went. There was a lot of history built into the story, starting with an emigration from Ireland, and ending in today's Pawtuxet Village, with stops along the timeline that include the burning of the Gaspee and a peek at Pawtuxet Village's Gilded Age past. Rhode Islanders will find a lot of the place references and history familiar.

It's no spoiler to say the story involves mermaids (merrow) - a glance at the cover makes that clear. It's the history of the relationship between the sea and land dwellers, and how it culminates in a clash with Evie's family that make for compelling reading.

Waking the Merrow is meant to be first of a trilogy. I'm looking forward to reading the other novels and see how the whole story unfolds.

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