A few years ago I read( and watched) the Sara Gruen novel Water for Elephants. I really liked the novel. And the movie was pretty good as well. Sara Gruen has a great way of developing characters and causing you to be invested in them, to cheer for the good guys and to hope that the bad guys get what's coming to them. I was thrilled to see her newest novel- At the Water's Edge- up for review.
From the book's description:
Madeline Hyde, a young socialite from Philadelphia, reluctantly follows her husband and their best friend to the tiny village of Drumnadrochit in search of a mythical monster—at the same time that a very real monster, Hitler, wages war against the Allied Forces. What Maddie discovers—about the larger world and about herself—through the unlikely friendships she develops with the villagers, opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities.
There were so many things I loved about this book. And it's truly been one of those that, while I couldn't wait to finish and see what happened, I was so reluctant to come to the end.
I loved the setting- Scotland- and Sara Gruen's descriptions of the village and the loch and the inn where most of the story takes place made me feel as if I could picture it perfectly. The time period- World War 2- is one of my favorite for historical fiction. At the end of the book Sara Gruen lets readers know about the historical authenticity of much of the setting and the events that took place.
The characters, once again, were so well- developed that I knew them. They were so real that I thought about them when I wasn't reading and wondered what they were doing. (If you are a bibliophile you'll get it. If not, rest assured I'm not crazy.)
This truly is a read that I'll be thinking about for a long while. It's one of the few that I think I could read again and again. (I don't do that with many books, even though I love reading.)
I will give a little disclaimer. This isn't Christian fiction, which I often review. There is some language, drug and alcohol use, and some description of intimacy (although not very descriptive). I read a variety of genres, so I like to make readers aware when the book isn't like the ones I typically review.
I give this one 5 strong stars and an R rating for content.
You can purchase At the Water's Edge on Amazon here.
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