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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Somewhere to Fall in Love by Verna Clay is an incredible story of paranormal happenings that take place in the town of Somewhere, Oregon. Damaris, the mermaid Princess of the Pacific, leaves the ocean to live on land. Damaris is found by Saul Flanahan and he takes her to his parents, father Hamish and mother Marta. Saul is afflicted with scoliosis and kyphosis, causing his body to appear deformed. The Flanahans had been chosen two hundred years ago to protect the Pacific Ocean Princesses during their short sojourns on earth, including Damaris’s mother, Keturah. Gabby Hope and her husband Leo Constanzo own a local B&B and befriend Damaris. Dutch, the local sculptor, is compelled to create a sculpture that shocks Gabby and her friends. Police Chief Quince Calloway is somehow related to Caleb Parker, a private detective whose body washed ashore in the Oregon town of Gold Beach. The coroner's report indicated death was caused by a gunshot wound to the heart. In addition, there are two unsolved disappearances: Rose Hope in 1923 at the age of three, and her mother, Belinda, in 1939. These are just a few of the many mysteries to be solved in this delightful story.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Somewhere to Fall in Love. This intriguing story is heartwarming and filled with twists, turns, and surprises. Verna Clay captures the essence of the many characters, making them easy to relate to – including those that may not even exist. The locations and scenes are brilliantly described and one can feel the history of the town. I especially enjoyed the relationships formed between the various characters including love, friendships, and bonds formed between strangers. The paranormal influence is unusually realistic enough to make a believer out of even the most skeptical reader. The story is smooth flowing and a quick, easy read - a real page-turner. All round, a great novel, perfect for the holiday season and highly recommended to readers of all ages.