Kit’s on a quest, and somewhat ironically, Josie is the macguffin she’s looking for. What begins as a look back at a seemingly perfect childhood that was ripped apart by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 reveals cracks in that perfection – just as the girls’ examination of their cliffside house revealed cracks that made the house’s fall inevitable. “ When We Believed in Mermaids is a deftly woven tale of two sisters, separated by tragedy and reunited by fate, discovering that the past isn’t always what it seems. Since that time, author Barbara O’Neal has been on my radar, and while her books aren’t auto buys for me, I almost always end up reading them eventually. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives. I’m curious about what started the downfall of the family all those years ago and why she faked her death. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. ( Log Out / The back story of their lives is slowly and agonizing drawn out to the bitter end. Gone forever. As I said, this story is quietly charming, and I was certainly charmed. Then again, I love stories about research done well and filled with fascinating reveals. In alternating chapters we find ourselves looking through the eyes of a woman named Mari. Thankful that the title is just a book. If you’re looking for a lighter summer read that is centered upon family drama and a slight dash of mystery, then I highly recommend this one to you! When the sisters finally meet there are consequences for Josie with her husband and the anger of Kit for making her think she’s been dead for 14 years. Gone forever. I picked up When We Believed in Mermaids because I enjoyed The Art of Inheriting Secrets by this same author very much, with just a few quibbles. Both are stories where events in the present cause the narrator(s) to search through their own pasts as well as the past of a place that they become involved with in the course of the story, so if you like one you’ll definitely like the other. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. When We Believed in Mermaids me both reaching for the tissues and smiling at the sisterly bonds and good storytelling. One brief moment in the background in someone else’s camera frame brings Josie’s worlds into collision. The basic plot is that Kit and her mother see Josie on a news cast from New Zealand where there was a nightclub fire. PDF When We Believed in Mermaids: A Novel Read. And both still scarred. Where it’s a hot and steamy late summer when Kit arrives to investigate that three-second sighting of the sister who has been presumed dead for 15 years. They are going over the same history, but different first persons needs distinctive voices and these aren’t that much different in tone and temperament. It’s obvious fairly quickly that Mari is Josie, and that she’s rightfully worried that her few seconds in that background shot are going to bring her world crashing down – and she’s right. The basic plot is that Kit and her mother see Josie on a news cast from New Zealand where there was a nightclub fire. 25 July 2019. Barbara O’Neal is the author of this impressive novel. The secrets about Sapphire House, when finally revealed, felt anticlimactic. Showing that it comes in all shapes and sizes. Not in the sense that things fall apart, because the lives of both Kit and Josie Bianchi fell apart a long, long time ago. When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal Summary “When We Believed in Mermaidsl: A Novel” is a beautiful novel with unique and classy story. See all 164 positive reviews › Amanda Winward. I liked the characters with their flaws, bad decisions and all--I was rooting for them the entire way. While Mari has found the life she dreamed of, and is afraid of losing it – Kit is very much still seeking, not just Josie, but a life that will not merely sustain her but support her and enrich her spirit. Her past is another country, on another continent, and it happened to someone else. See All Buying Options. Lake Union. When We Believed in Mermaids is rather about the examination, in memory, of those long ago events. Posted on January 16, 2020 January 16, 2020 Author Carol Newman Cronin. I haven’t really read anything yet that I would consider an outright beach read simply because our weather hasn’t been all that consistently sunny lately, but it is supposed to be this weekend, so I’m debating between reading something by Morgan Matson, Sarah Morgan, or a middle-grade summer set story told in verse.