Llyra’s Lost Treasure: The Celebrate Lit Blog Tour and Giveaway of The Mermaid’s Tale

About the Book

Book: The Mermaid’s Tale

Author: L. E. Richmond

Genre: YA Fantasy Retelling

Release Date: October 10, 2023

A Tail Could Tell a Tale

Locklyn Adair has never fit in. The legs she inherited as a result of her great-great-grandmother’s curse make it impossible for her to belong under the sea. When her niece is also born without a tail, Locklyn is determined to save her from similar rejection by sending her to the only place in the Undersea Realm where legs are acceptable – the Lost Island of Atlantis.

Darin Aalto would do anything to protect his family, even spearheading an impossible quest to find treasure that has been lost for over a hundred years. But when his best friend, Locklyn, joins his crew, his ability to keep her safe—and his shot at winning her heart—comes perilously close to being swept away.

A family curse, lost treasure, unrequited love, and a race against time intertwine as Locklyn and Darin seek to save their family, their kingdom, and eventually the entire Undersea Realm without losing each other.

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Book Review

Now that I have settled down from that cliffhanger of an ending, I can finally write my review of The Mermaid’s Tale.

I absolutely loved this story. Let’s start with this fantastic world that L.E. Richmond created. The undersea world is incredibly imaginative, and I loved it so much that I wish I could go and ask for a tail just so that I could go visit it. And perhaps join Locklyn, Darin and the others on the adventure of a lifetime.

I have mixed feelings about the characters. I loved Locklyn and Darin and their relationship that has been seemingly nurtured overtime. Both of them have an unconditional love for their family that drives them to go on an extremely dangerous, life-threatening quest to find a lost treasure to potentially save their loved ones. Both of them have strong, stubborn personalities that keep them going. However, they’re locked in a love square that I’m not sure how to feel about. The only reason they are in that situation is because no one can talk about their feelings or communicate. I absolutely love love triangles–if done right. This one felt somewhat forced and unnecessary which took away from the story.

However, I still absolutely loved this book. It is filled with action, adventure, and a sprinkle of faith that will leave one turning the pages. I will be anxiously looking out for the next book in the series.

I had received a copy of the book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.

About the Author

L.E. Richmond was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest by an American composition teacher and a German bookseller. Her childhood consisted in a large part of imagining stories for her Playmobil characters and checking out as many books from the library as her family could fit on six library cards. Now she spends her time chasing two blonde baby boys, reading aloud to the hazel-eyed young man who has her heart, and attempting to transfer the stories in her head into words for others. Her passion is for words and stories that thrill the soul and she is continually amazed by the One who crafted the most epic story of all time.

More from L.E.

I am a discovery writer, so when I first started The Mermaid’s Tale, I knew only the general plot and that the romance would be between the main character and the older brother of her brother-in-law.

The catalyst for this choice came from a novel published in England in 1815.

Darin Aalto, famous treasure hunting Merman from the Mediterranean, was inspired by none other than Mr. Knightley from Shropshire. He, like Jane Austen’s hero, is kind, experienced, confident, and attentive to the needs of others. On the other hand, my heroine, Locklyn Adair, is not much like Emma Wodehouse, struggling with a lack of confidence rather than the overabundance which plagues the young mistress of Hartfield.

Even though Locklyn differs greatly from Emma in temperament, she shares one marked similarity with her – a deep devotion to her sister’s children. In fact, it is to save her niece from the rejection which legs bring to Mermaids that leads Locklyn to encourage Darin to claim a disputed treasure which in turn leads to hostility from the warrior queen of a neighboring kingdom which leads to a duel to the death which leads to . . . You’ll have to read the book to find out.

Blog Stops

Becca Hope: Book Obsessed, October 19

Madi’s Musings, October 19

By the Book, October 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 21

Denise L. Barela, October 21

Texas Book-aholic, October 22

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, October 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 25

Inklings and Notions, October 26

Life, Love, Writing, October 27

Blogging With Carol, October 27

Tell Tale Book Reviews, October 28

Labor Not in Vain, October 29

Holly’s Book Corner, October 30

Simple Harvest Reads, October 31 (Guest Review from Mindy)

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 1 (Author Interview)

Of Blades and Thorns, November 1


To celebrate her tour, L.E. is giving away the grand prize package of hardcover copy of The Mermaid’s Tale and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of The Mermaid’s Tale, this sounds like a must read for my teen-aged granddaughters and I

  2. Thank You for the review.

  3. This looks like a captivating novel. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  4. Love the cover, good luck on your tour!

  5. this is such a beautiful cover

  6. Great cover

  7. Lovely review! I can’t wait to read this! I had no idea the story was based off of Emma, that is the coolest <3

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