The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock – Imogen Hermes Gowar

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock was sumptuous, easy to read and all consuming. A novel set in the late 1700s, we meet merchant Jonah Hancock as he comes into possession of what is thought to be a mermaid. As everyone clamours to see the mermaid Jonah meets Angelica Neal, a courtesan he can’t get out of his head. The reader follows as their lives spiral together but will they survive the mysterious pull of the mermaid?

I flew through this shortlisted Women’s Prize read. This is a beautiful book, inside and out. The setting is whimsical, vivid and so much fun to immerse yourself in. The writing is evocative and consuming, which quickly becomes addictive and difficult to put down. Yet, there is still an ominous grittiness that lies beneath the plot that keeps the reader off balance.

The characters are unique and memorable as the reader fall head long into the world of Jonah and Angelica and their fellow players. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock is fun and charming and a delight to read. A tale that will appeal to a wide variety of readers, with a little bit of everything within it’s pages. I think it would be a particularly good read to reignite your passion for reading and get you in the mood for more. Do pick this one up.

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