Thursday, 23 February 2012

'Til Death Do Us Part (an adult retelling of The Little Mermaid) by Dianna Hardy

The day you get married, is supposed to be the happiest day of your life. Dreams are made of such things. But I forgot. I could blame the witch if I wanted to - in fact I did, for quite a while after - but the fault can only lie with me. Being with him made me so happy - so very, very happy - that I chose to forget. I chose amnesia. If I had had any foresight into how my flippant choice would ruin him, I would have saved him the heartbreak. I would have forfeited my knowing him, my own selfishness, lived forever in the pain of unfulfillment, if it meant he could be spared....

When you love someone so much that your heart aches without them in your life, would you give up everything you've ever known to be with them? Would you give up your identity?

This is exactly what Aria did. But her sacrifice comes at a great cost, with startling consequences. With no memory of her previous life, she's forgotten what she really is, and who she's left behind: a jealous, possessive God, who's finally found her, and will stop at nothing to keep her heart from ever straying again.

In this dark and erotically passionate retelling of The Little Mermaid, can a love founded on humanity, stand the passing of time, an angry sea-God, and even death itself?  

My Review

'Til Death Do Us Part is a 10,000 (approx) word novelette, and is an adult retelling of Disney's The Little Mermaid story. It was just what I needed, short, snappy and brilliantly sexy. It is a million leagues away from the Disney story & that's just the way I liked it.

Aria makes a deal with an evil sea witch, she becomes human, to be with her love, Simon. But as always there are conditions, Aria won't remember who she was before and Simon must never give her his heart. She agrees, eager to be with her love. Some time passes and Aria and Simon marry. After the ceremony Simon fully gives his heart to the beautiful Aria.

The spell is broken and Aria is forced back down to the depths of the ocean, broken hearted. Many years pass, then something unexpected happens.

To have loved and lost is better than never to have loved at all, In my opinion, but to have to make the decision to do it to do it twice is truly heart rendering.

I loved this tautly written piece from Dianna Hardy, I would of loved it to be longer.

And I will definitely be looking out for more works from Dianna.

A 5 star read

Carly :) 


  1. My favorite Disney Cartoon has always been Little Mermaid, I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list!

  2. I was just remarking that I am still on the hunt for a good mermaid book, so far I have been disappointed. This sounds like a good bet. I ask myself that question was it better to have a great love and lose it than not at all? I say yes! Thanks for the recommend going to go look it up right now!


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