Genre: Young Adult

For Fans Of

Hushed makes great reading for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen, Gayle Forman and KM Shea.

Book Summary

Hushed - a modern, real-world young adult romance inspired by the classic tale of The Little Mermaid.

Would you sacrifice your voice for love?

18-year-old Romy Morgan desperately longs to escape the boring future her parents have planned for her, and explore the world.

When she saves her celebrity crush, superstar Logan Rush, from drowning, Romy is offered a job as his personal assistant. She strikes a deal to reinvent herself in exchange for entering the exciting world of the movies, and love sparks between her and this prince of Hollywood. But Romy soon discovers that she has traded her voice and identity for an illusion of freedom.

When she discovers a dreadful secret with the power to destroy Logan, Romy must choose between love, revenge and finding her own, true element.

If you like contemporary young adult romance with all the feels - and a twist of humor - then you’ll love this refreshingly modern and realistic spin on the classic tale of The Little Mermaid from award-winning YA author, Joanne Macgregor.

Note: this is not a fantasy novel – the only tails, fins and flippers in the story are those on sharks and whales!


"Absolutely enchanting! Hushed is a modern retelling of The Little Mermaid fairytale - and a darn great one at that. It graciously encapsulates coming of age and finding one's voice, while following a gripping plot and holding true to its promised elements of action, romance and humour. Every time I review a book by Macgregor I say this,but I mean it every single time: I LOVE HER WRITING. Witty dialog, effortless descriptions and extraordinary story-telling makes her writing easy to get lost in and hard to put down. If you're looking for a fast paced, compelling read where swooning over the love interest is almost guaranteed and laughing out loud is highly probable, then Hushed is just for you. " - Kat Silver Reads Book Blog

5 Stars "Macgregor has taken the star/fan crush and turned it into a sweet love story where monsters hide in every shadow and humor can be found in desperate times! ,strong>Absolutely delightful reading with scenes that pop off the pages with their descriptions! Coming of age and falling in love, at its freshest!" - Tome Tender Book Blog

strong>5 Stars "Macgregor's stories never disappoint - they are fast-paced and plot driven, never boring. Hushed is the best kind of romance. It's funny, clever and beautifully written. I read it with an ache in the back of my throat and the story did weird, good things to my heart. The two main characters, Romy and Logan stayed with me long after I had finished. Hushed is unputdownable. I highly recommend it!" - Edyth Bulbring (Author The Mark, The Club, I Heart Beat)

"The author has done a wonderful job of weaving a tale of love and hope." Jill Y, Proofreader, Red Adept Editing

5 Stars "This YA romantic action tale is a winner - and this time it is wonderfully set in South Africa and has a strong streak of humour and girlpower. Loved it." - Pamela Power (Author: The Park, Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins)

5 Stars "Wonderful story woven with a fairy tale. I loved reading this book! The characters are compelling and keep you invested from the first page. There are elements of The little mermaid without being too similar. I loved the settings and stories told throughout the book. Highly recommend!" - Amazon reviewer

About the Author

When not writing, Joanne Macgregor is a counselling psychologist in private practice where she works mainly with victims of crime and trauma.

Although she lives in the frenetic adrenaline-rush of the big city, Joanne has always been in love with nature, and escapes into the wilds whenever she can. She's a Harry Potter fanatic, bakes the best choc-chip cookies on the planet, and is addicted to chilies and bulletproof coffee.

She started her professional life as a high school English teacher and loves writing about, and for, teens. She is the author of several books for Young Adults, including Hushed, Recoil, Refuse, Rebel, Scarred, and - for younger YA readers - Turtle Walk, Rock Steady and Fault Lines.

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