Title: Song of the Sea Maid
Author: Rebecca Mascull
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Secondhand Copy
As a child living on the streets of London, then in an orphanage, Dawnay Price grows up determined not to let her background stand in the way of her ambitions.
In an era where women rarely travel alone, especially for scientific study, Dawnay sets sail aboard The Prospect to the beautiful Iberian Peninsula. Amid rumours of mermaids in the sparkling waters, she makes some unexpected discoveries, including what it means to fall in love.
Having fought hard against convention, Dawnay is determined to put her career above all else. Yet as war approaches she finds herself divided by feelings she cannot control.
Song of the Sea Maid started with an interesting premise; however, by the end the book failed to live up to my early expectations. I found it hard to care about Dawnay, who was rather selfish and did nothing but complain until she got her way. The idea of her as a keen student/scientist did work well, and was interesting considering the period setting, but that focus devolved into romance later on, which was a shame. On the whole, I feel this book had potential but lost its way. I am giving it three stars. It was readable; it just wasn't captivating or especially memorable.