Friday Reads: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Happy first Friday of spring! I’ll be diving into The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock this weekend, and I’m so excited to begin the adventure.

Keep scrolling for this week’s Book Beginnings and The Friday56



Book Beginnings is a bookish meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you’re reading, along with your initial thoughts/impressions.

Book Beginnings:

Jonah Hancock’s counting-house is built wedge-shaped and coffered like a ship’s cabin, whitewashed walls and black skirting, beam pegged snugly to beam. The wind sings down Union Street, raindrops burst against the windowpane, and Mr. Hancock leans forward on his elbows, cradling his brow in his hands. Rasping his fingers over his scalp, he discovers a crest of coarse hair the barber has missed, and idles over it with mild curiosity but no irritation. In private, Mr. Hancock is not much concerned with his appearance; in society, he wears a wig.

😍😍😍 All the heart eye emojis here 

What a beginning!! Gowar’s writing is rich and evocative; she’s managed to paint a vivid image of Georgian life and offer insight into Jonah Hancock’s character in only a few sentences. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead…



The Friday 56 is a bookish meme hosted by Freda’s Voice that asks you to: Grab a book, any book, and turn to page 56 and find a sentence that grabs you.

The Friday 56:

Maria is confounded by every item she comes across: she showers the room with hair powder and boxes Angelica’s ear with the bellows. Her attempts to heap and pin Angelica’s hair into place gives her the appearance of a haystack in a gale; she spears her thumb with a jeweled pin and blots the blood on Angelica’s best kid gloves.

Again, the prose is incredibly stunning and engaging. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, and my expectations are very, very high. However, I have a strong feeling I won’t be disappointed.

If you need me this weekend, I’ll be getting lost in Georgian London!


What do you think of these passages? What will you be reading this weekend? 


13 thoughts on “Friday Reads: The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar

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    1. Thanks! It definitely has a very similar vibe! I really enjoyed Burial Rites, but I read it before I read Alias Grace. I’m not sure I would love it as much now, since the latter is the superior novel IMHO. But the Iceland setting was interesting; and I hope you enjoy it too.

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