Buy 2 - This
book makes a great gift!, April 2, 2009
By Lillian Blanchard "Nightly Reader" (Philadelphia, PA, on
the Main Land)
Miss Mermaid's stories in "Hurricanes and Hangovers" are humorous but
honest, accounts of island life. Her writing is entertaining - the
laugh out loud type of humor that has us fans waiting for her next
book. Fortunately we can get small doses of Miss Mermaids wit and humor
from her daily (Elec-Tricky permitting) blog either at
or on the Tortola page of stormcarib.com.
March 21, 2009
By andrew (new york, new york)
We stumbled on the elusive Miss Mermaid while planning for a first
visit to Tortola and researching weather and accommodations. Sailing
friends had piqued our interest in visiting the island through their
own description of their adventures both ashore and at sea. Our
Caribbean visits are few and unfortunately far between so a mistake is
a real downer.
Miss Mermaid's daily (well, almost, subject to the hard working
employees of the island's elec-trick company)blog confirmed our choice
and the only question now is how soon can we return. Not soon enough,
but Hurricanes and Hangovers is the next best thing to bring us back
vicariously to life in the BVI's lovely environment. Written with
humor, insight, intelligence and sensitivity, anyone who has visited
these islands, or would like to, will enjoy this book.
You HAVE To Read This Book, March 19, 2009
By Deely (Rocky Branch, LA United States)
#1. If you've had the good fortune to spend some time in Miss Mermaids
sunny corner of the world. I have been lucky enough to visit her world
and what she writes is so very true. The colorful characters are really
there and from all over the world. The locals are now friends and the
reason we go back year after year. On our last trip, the taxi blew out
two tires at the top of the mountain, but got us down to the ferry on
time, on rims..."no problem, mon". Such is life in "da ilons".
#2. If you've ever thought of chucking it all and moving to a sun
drenched island. Miss Mermaid gives a true and hilarious glimpse into
island life and you'll see paradise isn't always what your dreams are
made of. If while reading this book, you're laughing out loud and
thinking "what great adventures" then island life might be for you. If
you're just thinking "what???", maybe not. Either way it's a must read.
#3. If you just want an entertaining and fun book that transports you
to a different world, beyond what the casual traveler sees. Miss
Mermaid's Hurricanes and Hangovers reminds us that when we're on
vacation, no matter where that is, we should take the time to know the
people who live there...because if we don't step out of our comfort
zone and experience what's around us, have we really left?
I love this book on so many levels. Bravo, Miss Mermaid!!!
Adventures, February 22, 2009
By Kenneth L. Cox "S/V Reality Check" (Florida)
Great Read! I embarrassed myself by laughing so hard and frequently
while in my boat at anchor off one of Norman Islands Bays that the next
day a couple of fellow cruisers came by to see if I were OK or had gone
nuts. They wanted to borrow the book.
On page 191 when "Sea Goddess Rose Bakes a Cake", at first I though of
recommending a Spell Checker then.... well then I about lost it and the
bottle of Rum that was in use making a Sundowner for myself! My sides
acned for days from attempting not to make another spectacle of myself.
If you have any interest in a fun read, tales of the islands laid back
style that have more than a thread of truth, then this is a MUST READ.
Hurricanes & Hangovers: and other tall tales and loose lies
from the coconut telegraph
I'm sure Dear Miss Mermaid has a sea chest full of other "tales and
loose lies" that I can't wait to read! Please get busy on the next
Stories, February 16, 2009
By E. Vander "ELINOR" (Medina, TX USA)
That was a very interesting book about life on the British Virgin
islands. The author is a great
descriptive writer and her sense of humor is hilarious.
What a book., February 11, 2009
By Jim K (Kentucky)
For a lady who says this is her first book, it sure is a good one. I
had to lay the book aside several times to allow my aching stomach to
calm down. She has a tone and style that works perfectly in her
I lived on a small island in the Pacific and find everything she says
about island life to be the same as what I saw in the time I lived
there. Don't worry, tomorrow another coconut will fall from the tree.
Come on Miss Mermaid, crank out another book to make my stomach sore
from laughter once again.
& Hangovers by Miss Mermaid, December 28,
By Martin G. Smith (Florida)
Have not stopped chuckling yet !!.
This a excellent explanation of life on,and around the Islands.
Life is to be lived--and it sure is in BVI, and what a life !!.
I have experienced many of the situations, described by Miss Mermaid,
and will always recall the fun, that was
I was on several " Windjammer " boats, over a 15 year time span, and
that was part of my life that will be recalled as tremendously
relaxing, comical moments galore--as per Miss Mermaids book.
If you do not visit the " Islands ", you will have missed all the
comedy, and fun, take time and go there--
good place to start is " Tortola ", BVI, but, any part of the Caribbean
is FUN !!.
Try it !!
charming!, December 1, 2008
By Linda P. (USA)
If you've not yet been exposed to the humor of Miss Mermaid, then
you're in for a treat! This wild and whacky selection of her tales from
the Caribbean will have you rolling on the floor laughing! Meet a host
of unique, intriguing characters... Jungle Jim who advertises outings
with his "Charter the Derelict!" cards... Da-Fema-Mon, flummoxed by
islanders' lack of addresses, house numbers, shoes, and other hilarious
irregularities, finally gives up and goes total island bonkers... Grace
Klutz, a wild and whacky import... and numerous other delightful,
colorful folks who bring you miles of smiles... Well, as the author
says, "Mon, d'is island life be something different!" And so it is! For
a fun read, with a dose of bawdiness and badness, take a sip of Miss
Mermaid's little island masterpiece. You won't regret it!
Stuff, December 1, 2008
By N of 8 "Dash Donovan" (Blue Mountains)
Very funny book! I laughed for hours. This book gives a glimpse of life
in the Virgin Islands as seen thru the rose-colored sunglasses of a
transplant who loves the people and places in the islands. Locals,
natives, visitors, transplants, tourists and expatriots from all over
the world; all provide an eclectic diversity for a wonderful time in
the paradise of the Virgin islands!
November 28, 2008
By Grace Klotz "Grace Klotz" (Virgin Islands)
This book of 16 stories is hilarious though a few of the stories are
serious. "The Regulars" a story within a story, has colorful
characters, people you want to meet. "Da-Fema-Mon" is a hoot and makes
you wonder what our government is really up to. "Pirates In Paradise"
about the burger joint will make any restaurant owner sit up and take
notice. "Shanghai" will take you out to sea on a fateful delivery.
"Three at Sea" left me laughing. I want to see MORE from this author
"Dear Miss Mermaid". I "discovered her" from her daily blog at
DearMissMermaid.Com and StormCarib.com on the Tortola page. I hope she
writes more books! I'm a fan.
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