OK, so this is about an old lady named Lil. Lil works daily at a used bookstore shelving and cleaning, and spends her nights lonely in her apartment, remembering her old life. Lil has a secret – she used to be Cinderella’s fairy godmother. But on the night that she was supposed to bring Cinderella to the ball to meet Prince Charming, she went to the ball herself instead – and has been living out her days as a human as punishment. When she meets a vibrant young woman named Veronica, she sees instantly what a great match she’d make for Lil’s employer, George. And if she can successfully pair them up, maybe it will be her redemption and she’ll be allowed to come back to the fairy realm.
I really loved the first half of this book. It alternates between Lil’s present life, and her fairy life up to the night of Cinderella’s ball. I liked the glimpses into Lil’s fairy world – it was pretty and exciting and vivid. I enjoyed Lil’s present-day life as well – her working in a used bookstore, her conversations with George and (later) Veronica. It all had that fairy-tale feel to it.
Something went wonky during the last 100 pages… Lil suddenly seems more like a crazy person that anything else. And while I still enjoyed her friendship with Veronica, internally Lil was turning into a mess. I just spent the last 100 pages of the book half confused and half frustrated. And now that I’m done with the book, I still don’t know 100% what exactly just happened. I hate that.
Since I enjoyed Mermaid so much, and I did enjoy most of this book, then I’ll probably read whatever else Turgeon writes. I just wish that this story had gone a little differently.
Sarah Says: 2.5 stars