Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Blog Tour: When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O'Neal | Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for When We Believed in Mermaids hosted by TLC Book Tours.  Thank you TLC Book Tours!!

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Kit was working in the ER when she looked at the TV and saw her died sister of fifteen years.  Her sister Josie was supposedly killed in a terrorist train attack in France.  On the TV there was a live coverage of a nightclub fire in Auckland and the woman on the screen looked identical to Kit's sister.  Kit decides she is going to go to Auckland and find her.  

The book is told in two perspectives Kit and Mari, which is her sister Josie.  She stole someone's identity and is going by Mari now.  She is married and has two children and loves her life.  While Kit is an ER doctor and is very lonely.  When Kit gets to Auckland she is on her search for her sister and she meets a man who she can confide in and talk to about her sister and they end up having a romantic relationship.

This is a very character based book you learn through the two perspectives about their childhood and what made them into the people they are today.  I honestly can't believe Josie would leave her family high and dry and fake her own death.  Leaving your family to grieve over you and your not even dead.  I kind of think it's selfish.  And poor Kit I would be pissed if I saw my dead sister alive.  At first I though Kit and Javier, her love interest was kind of creepy.  He was kind of mysterious, but after getting to know him he was a really nice and genuine guy.  Kit definitely deserves someone good in her life for everything she has gone through.  I felt the book was beautifully well written and recommend if you are into family dramas and character driven books.

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

About the Author

I'm the author of more than a dozen books of women's fiction, which have been translated into many languages and won many awards. 

I love in Colorado with my partner, a British endurance athlete who doesn't mind my predilection for too many pets. 

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Are you going to pick up When We Believed in Mermaids?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. The premise of this one is definitely interesting - what would make a woman start all over and let her family believe her to be dead? - but when I think about it I’m betting I would have a hard time connecting to Josie/Mari. I would feel such resentment to her for putting her sister through that. I can’t imagine a scenario where that would be okay.

  2. I really am interested in this one and curious how it all comes together. Thank you for being on this tour, you've piqued my interest. Sara @ TLC Book Tours

    1. Aww your welcome! It was a lot of fun! Thank you for having me!!


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