Monday, June 19, 2006

Book Review: The Mermaid Chair

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

I have finally finished this! I started it awhile ago as an audiobook and finished it since I had a road trip over the weekend. I had looked forward to this book and have wanted to read her other book, The Secret Life of Bees for quite some time.

I would most likely refer to this book as a historical Harlequin book. The main character, Jessie, returns home to Egret Island to care for her troubled mother who in ways is obsessed with the Mermaid Chair and praying for forgiveness. While there Jessie, who has been happily married for years and years, decides to have an affair with a Benedictine Monk. This is where the book becomes absolutely ridiculous and I can no longer read it but convince myself that I must find out more about the Mermaid Chair and Jessie's mother.

Again, what is it about women these days that causes them to break down and have to "explore" who they really are? Why couldn't Jessie be satisfied with her marriage, adoring husband and daughter? There is always the risk that one may not be able to "find themselves" and then what?

Although the Mermaid Chair is real, Egret Island and the monastery are not.

Kim's Grade: C+


Lindsey Lou said...

Maybe it's some kind anti-romance movement. Instead of women falling in love, getting married, and living happily ever after at the end of books, now they have to LEAVE those men and find another one!

Netter said...

yeah, I wasn't happy with this book. I only read it because I also enjoyed her first book. It took me forever to read because I was so annoyed with it.

Shannon & Aaron said...

I would only give "The Secret Life of Bees" a B-