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At the Water's Edge: A Novel - Sara Gruen
At the Water's Edge: A Novel
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In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society... show more
In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385523233 (0385523238)
ASIN: 385523238
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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Lora's Rants and Reviews
Lora's Rants and Reviews rated it
4.5 At the Water's Edge
by Sara Gruen The prologue starts out with a sad situation. A young woman, Mairi, has lost her baby to stillbirth, and soon after learns that her husband, a soldier in WWII, is missing, presumed dead. How this ties in with the story to come will take some time to become clear, but the reveal was w...
Georgetta
Georgetta rated it
I read this when I first moved to Scotland for my Master's as I thought the setting would give me a good introduction for my home for the next year.
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3.0 At The Water's Edge
Like most people, I loved Water for Elephants. I loved it so much that I could never read Ape House because I know how those expectations tend to kill the next book, no matter how hard the author tries. (Please feel free to tell me if you think I should reconsider that decision). By now, I figured e...
Lillelara
Lillelara rated it
3.5 At the Water´s Edge
To get back in the good graces of his father, wealthy society-boy Ellis, his wife Madeleine and his best friend Hank decide to cross the ocean in the midst of World War II to prove the existence of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. Their journey isn´t at all what they expected and as time passes, Madel...
Celticlady's Reading Room
Celticlady's Reading Room rated it
5.0 At the Water's Edge
“The monster – if there was one – never revealed itself to me again. But what I had learned over the past year was that monsters abound, usually hiding in plain sight.” And so concludes the most original story about World War II that I have ever read. There is something about life during WWII th...
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