Imagine thinking your sister has been dead for fifteen years and then seeing her on television?
In Barbara O’Neal’s new novel, WHEN WE BELIEVED IN MERMAIDS, Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world.
Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions—grief, loss, and anger—that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.
After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.
WHEN WE WERE MERMAIDS tackles a lot of subjects: love, death, grief, abuse, lies and ultimately forgiveness.
BARBARA TOOK SOME TIME TO ANSWER OUR QUESTIONS.
1.Why are readers so interested in stories that include mermaids?
As long as you’re lying or keeping a big secret, you can’t truly be yourself, can you? In some of the AA literature (which I studied for the book), one of the sayings is “You’re only as sick as your secrets,” which just illuminates the idea that as long as you’re keeping secrets or lying about your life, you’re carrying a burden of shame. “The truth will set you free,” is another old saying, and it’s also very true.
About Barbara O’Neal
Barbara O’Neal is the author of twelve novels of women’s fiction, including The Art of Inheriting Secrets, How to Bake a Perfect Life, and The All You Can Dream Buffet. Her award-winning books have been published in more than a dozen countries, including France, England, Poland, Australia, Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Brazil. She lives in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs with her beloved, a British endurance athlete who vows he’ll never lose his accent.
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you think of mermaids. I think believing in them is magical. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.