From New York Times bestseller Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.
In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party she helps to cater.
Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.
Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.
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As are all of Katy Regnery’s Modern Fairytales, this is a retelling of a story we all know well, The Little Mermaid. The beloved daughter to a single father, Laire knows she needs to experience the world beyond the one she knows, she a life bigger than the one she’s destined to live and a chance encounter gives her that opportunity. She’s quickly involved with people and experiences she’d never known, but as we all know, that quickly changes when the evil witch steps in with her own agenda and takes something precious from Laire. Given a little luck and a lot of heartache, we know the princess will find her happily ever after.
While I don’t think any of the Modern Fairytale stories will ever win the top spot away from Vixen and the Vet – I’m a sucker for a broken veteran – Don’t Speak definitely held its own amongst the other books in the series. Ms. Regnery, once again, flawlessly weaves a tale we all know and love into something new and real, without losing the essence of what made the original story a classic fairytale. I love how she is able to take characters we already know and gently reshape them into a more dynamic and relatable person. They become flawed and normal, no longer untouchable princes and princesses living a world completely separate from us.
I really appreciated the way that Katy Regnery portrayed familial relationships in this book. While the idea of parents not always supporting their children wholly is not a new concept, the way it was used in this book was completely original to me. It was so interesting to see parents who truly thought they were doing the very best thing they could do, within the worlds they lived in, yet be so wrong about what their children actually needed. It was also incredibly interesting to learn about a little microcosm of culture that still exists in the United States, but is a world apart from our own culture, and how it affected every aspect of Laire’s life.
There were a few moments in the book where the forward movement of the plot and characters stalled out, for me. In these places, I skimmed a little to get the gist of what was going on in the scenes in order to have all the info I needed to continue reading. I would have loved to have seen some of those scenes edited down, but I could also see why they were included and they did have a place in the novel. There was only 10% of the book that I felt didn’t quite hold my interest as much as the rest of the story.
While I have only read Ms. Regnery’s Modern Fairytales, I do enjoy her writing. I particularly appreciate that she doesn’t linger over the parts of the story that are not moving the couple she is writing about to their happily ever after; so many other authors seem to focus on their lives apart that there isn’t enough time to resolve their story together, but I’ve always felt a sense of peace in the end of Katy Regnery’s books. There is something wonderful about the way she shows her readers just enough of the outside stories of her characters to give a sense of the things that made them into the people they are, without focusing so much on it that it detracts from the love story she’s actually telling.
Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now (FREE!)
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now (99c!)
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.
In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.