By Sara Gruen
In this exciting new novel from the writer of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen back demonstrates her expertise for developing spellbinding interval items. on the Water’s part is a gripping and poignant love tale a few privileged younger woman’s awakening as she reports the devastation of global struggle II in a tiny village within the Scottish Highlands.
After disgracing themselves at a excessive society New Year’s Eve social gathering in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are bring to a halt financially by means of his father, a former military colonel who's already ashamed of his son’s lack of ability to serve within the struggle. whilst Ellis and his ally, Hank, come to a decision that the one solution to regain the Colonel’s want is to be triumphant the place the Colonel very publicly failed—by weeding out the recognized Loch Ness monster—Maddie reluctantly follows them around the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered global behind.
The trio locate themselves in a distant village within the Scottish Highlands, the place the locals don't have anything yet contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her personal on the remoted resort, the place foodstuff is rationed, gasoline is scarce, and a knock from the postman can convey tragic information. but she reveals herself falling in love with the stark attractiveness and sophisticated magic of the Scottish nation-state. progressively she involves be aware of the villagers, and the friendships she kinds with younger women open her as much as a bigger international than she knew existed. Maddie starts off to work out that not anything is because it first looks: the values she holds expensive turn out unsustainable, and monsters lurk the place they're least expected.
As she embraces a fuller feel of who she should be, Maddie turns into conscious not just of the darkish forces round her, yet of life’s attractiveness and dazzling percentages.
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Fun? ” Victoria, eager as she was not to miss a moment of what promised to be an amusing spectacle—Captain Carstairs rebuking her uncle, that is—could not help but notice a spark of anger in her cousin’s blue eyes. “Why, Becky,” she said, wondering what on earth could have upset her cousin now. For Rebecca, Victoria had discovered during her weeklong sojourn with the 57 Gardiners, had a volatile temper, and was somewhat prone to dramatics. ” Rebecca snapped. Victoria could only ascertain, from the high color in the other girl’s face, that she was in some sort of physical discomfort.
At the Water's Edge: A Novel by Sara Gruen