By Allie Larkin
5 out of 5 stars
Don’t you just love when you pick up a book and you fall in love with every character? You love their quirkiness, their joy, their kindness, their camaraderie. You just love everything about them. Look no further because this is the book!
Katie moves back in with her grandmother Nan after her divorce. Katie is so full of anxieties, stemming from the death of her father, but she tries so hard. She was raised by Nan and a delightful group of older ladies in their neighborhood. They are her family. When she finds out that Nan and a couple others were part of a mermaid group back in the day, an idea comes up for them to make a mermaid calendar for charity. Katie gets to use her sewing talent to create costumes for the women. She also reconnects with her ex-boyfriend, a documentary filmmaker.
I am leaving out one of the best parts, Barkimedes. Her dog Bark was the only thing she wanted from her marriage. He seems to suffer from as much anxiety as Katie! They are a pair.
If you are not crying at the end of this book, or during it, I don’t know about you. The love is displayed so beautifully. So many passage just touched my soul. It is one of the best ensembles of characters I have read in a while. I didn’t want it to end. I always say we can learn so much from our elders and I think, even though Katie is the main character, that they are the heart and soul of this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for a copy of this wonderful book.