I have to admit, I have a soft spot for fairy-tale retellings. However, this one is really, really good.
I've never been fond of the way The Little Mermaid ended in the traditional story, so I was very pleased to see Jennifer's take on it. Especially since this is set in Russia and she's a rusalka -- giving even more depth to the re-telling.
Agnessa might have started out trapped by the society she lived in and the situation of her birth, but she took what happened to her and took advantage of the situation to go after what she wanted rather than dwelling on the past. I really liked that, that she took responsibility for her happiness rather than waiting for her beloved to save her.
I did have some questions about the ending, namely whether she was immortal and what would then happen to her mortal love, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.
Definitely recommended and I will now have to see how she re-tells the other fairy tales.
“’She was her husband’s, ‘til death to they part. After that…all bets were off.”
As a poor Russian peasant, Agnessa should have been grateful for the arranged marriage that gave her a wealthy relative of the Imperial family for a husband. But she isn't. Instead, she dreams of having the freedom to choose her own spouse, the freedom to create her own destiny. When her husband's obsession with the supernatural costs Agnessa her life on their wedding night, she gets her wish.
There is magic in the water of the Russian river and it isn't long before Agnessa rises as a member of the water siren race of rusalki. Finally, she is free to go to the arms of the man she truly loves. But will he recognize her? And what will her widower say?