Monday, January 10, 2022

Review: In the Waves of Tristwick by Deborah M. Hathaway

My rating: 5 stars / It was amazing


What is a fisherman to do when he catches a mermaid in his net? Let her go—or fall in love?

A Regency Romance
Cornwall, 1815

As a well-respected fisherman in the Cornish seas, Trevik Honeysett provides a living for many poor families in the southwest of Cornwall. Despite the most powerful fishing companies attempting to cut off his own ability to fish, Trevik refuses to give up. However, when he discovers a mysterious, injured woman entangled in his net, things become much more complicated—especially when suspicions arise that she is, in fact, a mermaid. Knowing he might very well lose his workers to their superstitious beliefs, Trevik decides to uncover just who the woman is. The only problem is…she can’t remember.

In truth, Morvoren Hollow knows exactly who she is. She merely needs to keep her identity a secret long enough to accomplish what she’d set off to do. Fortunately, pretending to be a mermaid will keep Society away long enough to do just that. Her lie becomes harder to manage, however, as her injury takes longer to heal—and as the nosy but handsome fisherman reels closer to the truth.

The two clash head-to-head as Trevik refuses to believe Morvoren is actually a siren from the sea. But such a thing would be easier to imagine than what he finally discovers about her past. Fearful of what might happen next, Morvoren must decide her next step. She can either learn to trust again—or end up truly alone.

My Review

I was instantly hooked with the mermaid theme of this book! I love the deep connection Morvoren has to the sea, and the way it carried a mysteriously emotional vibe throughout the story. She and Trevik certainly do clash- he values honesty and doesn't trust easily, while she is acting on instinct in survival mode. It's entertaining to see them poke and prod at each other, alternately teasing and offending. They both are humbled and intrigued as they get to know one another's true selves over time as Morvoren heals in the Honeysett home and small coastal town of Tristwick. Trevik's mother and sister Poppy are so loveable and draw Morvoren into their little family, giving her the sense of home that she has been yearning for. I loved the banter between Trevik and Morvoren the most, with them fighting attraction and struggling to communicate the truth of their feelings as they grow stronger. I also enjoyed the rich historical details of life in Cornwall that this author portrays so well, making me feel immersed in the fishing livelihood of the tight-knit community. I'm so excited to read Poppy's story next!

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.
In the Waves of Tristwick is the fourth book in the clean Regency Cornish Romance series by Deborah M. Hathaway. Although this romance is a stand-alone novel, the books are best enjoyed when read in order.

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