SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVELISTS’ ASSOCIATION HISTORICAL ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
FROM THE AUTHOR OF WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
‘Superbly researched and far too easily devoured, this is a truly enthralling love story’
‘If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen’s books, her latest novel provides plenty… gorgeous’
‘Another beautifully told, unmissable read from Water for Elephants‘s Sara Gruen… By the last page, I was blubbing and wanted to read it all over again immediately’
After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son’s inability to serve in WWII.
To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favour (and generosity) 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.
In January 1945 they hitch a ride on a ship across the Atlantic while the war is still raging all around them. And Maddie, now alone and virtually abandoned in a foreign country, must begin to work out who she is and what she wants – the vacuous life she left behind or something more real?
What she discovers – about the larger world and about herself – opens her eyes not only to the dark forces that exist around her but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life.
‘Breathtaking… a daring story of adventure, friendship and love in the shadow of WWII’
Woman & Home
‘I just could not put this book down… Sara Gruen is a wonder at building the atmosphere and her attention to detail really brings the Scottish Highlands to life. I loved the way she weaved in tales of folklore and monsters into this touching and haunting love story’
Emma, Waterstones bookseller
‘I devoured this book. Sara Gruen has proven herself, once again, to be one of America’s most compelling storytellers… You might be tempted to rush to get to the answers at the end – but don’t – or you’ll miss the delectable journey that is Gruen’s prose’
Kathryn Stockett, bestselling author of The Help
‘At the Water’s Edge skillfully transports us to a small, tenacious Scottish village in the grip of war, and into the heart of Madeline Hyde, a woman who is a stranger to herself until forces convene to rock her awake. Sara Gruen is a wizard at capturing the essence of her historical setting, and does so here in spades, but it’s Maddie’s unexpected transformation that grounds and drives the novel. As her husband and best friend search the surface of the Loch, desperate for a sign of the elusive creature, Maddie learns to plumb her own depths, and comes fully alive to the world around her. Magical’
Paula McLain, bestselling author of The Paris Wife
Sara Gruen is the internationally bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide.
Water for Elephants is a World Book Night selection for 2015 and was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz.
Sara lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and three children.
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