I loved the look of this book, I loved the idea behind it - that of an old lady who (unlike so many of the oldies we meet in fiction nowadays - forever climbing out of windows and walking across entire countries), this old lady Marvellous stayed in one place her whole life. The place is in England, the village tiny, the setting coastal and Marvellous is gifted with folklorish wisdom. Why then did the author feel the need to introduce magical realism in the form of mermaids into her story. Methinks she tried too hard. You'll have to read it yourself to see what I mean.