Shadow in the Sea by Sheila A. Nielson
Publication date: July 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.
Sade’s quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals’ dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood’s ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn’t fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago.
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Orphan Sadelyn Hanson was accused of killing her guardian. Only problem is that she didn't do it, and one one believes her. After surviving overboard a boat at sea during a storm, a local woman named Mrs. Rousay and her daughter Estelle help her heal. Sade, as she calls herself now, helps out around the house as she continues to heal. She pretends to have no memory of her past. She meets a prince on the island. Then she meets a merman.
I really enjoyed this book. It was really descriptive but still paced well. It was fascinating how the author weaved Sade's past and present. The characters are well developed. I loved the quaint home and ways of the Rousay women. I loved the myths of the island. There are many layers in this book.
AUTHOR BIO:Sheila never did figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She graduated from college with a BFA in illustration, has worked as a children's librarian for over eighteen years, and would eventually like to be a full-time author. Why pick one career when you can have many? Sheila lives with her two pets, a goffin cockatoo and a tiny toy poodle. She was born and raised in California but has come to also love her adopted home in Utah where she currently resides.