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  • Title: At the Water's Edge
  • Author: Sara Gruen
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  • Page: 327
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  • After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son s inability to serve in the war When Ellis and his best friend Hank decide that the only way to regain the Colonel s favour is to succeed where the CAfter disgracing themselves at a high society New Year s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son s inability to serve in the war When Ellis and his best friend Hank decide that the only way to regain the Colonel s favour is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.The trio find themselves amid the devastation of World War II, in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers As the men go out looking for the monster, Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news Gradually the friendships she forms open her up to a larger world than she knew existed As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but to the beauty and surprising possibilities of life If I needed a reminder why I am such a fan of Sara Gruen s books, her latest novel provides plenty Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose I ve come to expect from this author And even after the final page, its message still resonates with me The monsters we seek may be right in front of us In fact, the only fault I can find with this book is that I ve already finished it Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Leaving Time I devoured this book Once again Sara Gruen has proven herself 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, New York Times bestselling author of The Help
    At the Water s Edge After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year s Eve party in Philadelphia in Madeline Hyde and her husband Ellis are cut off financially by his father a former army colonel who is al

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    1. First of all, I understand all the less than stellar reviews as the plot really is ridiculoustaking a trip across the Atlantic to Scotland in search of the Loch Ness monster, during wartime no less, just so a young spoiled son of a rich man can get back into his father s good graces, salvage his full allowance and move back into the family mansion Really.But then I read the prologue and the gravestone and the story about Mairi, the loss of her infant daughter, the telegram of her new husband los [...]

    2. 2.5 stars rounded up The place and history are well depicted here but I found it difficult to connect with Maddie , the main character until I was at least halfway through the book When the connection between the opening story and the present story became apparent, I became interested but it was a bit too predictable I did like Anna and Meg and Angus and I couldn t help but feel for Maddie and these people.Maybe because I had just finished reading a deeply moving and heartbreaking book that thi [...]

    3. Water for Elephants, set in Scotland, with the Loch Ness Monster instead of Rosie the Elephant.WARNING THERE BE SPOILERS AHEADI will just go ahead and tell you right now, that this book opens with three of the most unlikeable characters you can possibly imagine You might even ask yourself why you would want to continue reading several hundred pages about the vapid lives of a bunch of over privileged American brats In response I say, just go with it The story gets better.Maddie, her husband Ellis [...]

    4. Sara Gruen is a wonderful writer and storyteller I ve read four of her books and loved every one.At The Water s Edge started slow for me, taking 6 or 8 chapters for me to get attached to the narrator, Maddie At the start, she, her husband Ellis, and their best friend, Hank, are spoiled, entitled, upperclass twenty something s who show little respect When their over the top behavior gets them kicked out of Ellis parents house, they decide to go to Scotland In spite of being in the midst of WW II, [...]

    5. It s been so long since I read Water for Elephants that I only really remember the feeling I got when I read it, and not necessarily any of the finer plot points or the writing style And At the Water s Edge is not quite that it didn t excite me or lift my heart the way Water did, but I still liked it in its own right.First of all, I loved the whole idea of the book Maddie, her husband Ellis, and their very close friend Hank a very cozy threesome live a luxurious, lazy party life World War II is [...]

    6. Does this sound appealing to you The Great Gatsby meets Outlander It s not precisely what this book is it s set during WWII, not the 1920 s, and the Romance With A Highlander is in the present day, no time travel involved but if the concept sounds good, you ll probably like this book Oh, and throw in the Loch Ness Monster.Three filthy rich American douchebags decide to go the Scotland in the middle of the war to search for the Loch Ness monster, get stinking drunk, and act like entitled asses Fo [...]

    7. Pitch perfect atmosphere, characters who grow and develop, who anger and impress and please, a story line that ebbs and flows and builds in intensity until you are utterly submerged in the story turning pages faster than you want to because you want to do the writing justice but you also have to find out what happened At the Water s Edge is the the kind of novel that restores one s faith in humanity and in great writing It was an honor to read it.

    8. Sara Gruen is like Sarah Waters Lite Or Sarah Waters washed out, perhaps The history in Gruen s historical fiction felt incidental WWII just happened to be raging in the background while her characters raged at each other in the foreground I didn t mind the lite history, but it was jarring when she d suddenly insert a 2 paragraph update on the war And that s what it felt like a calculated insert Oops, haven t reset the scene in a while, let s make mention of those Allied troops one time Speakin [...]

    9. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very hard to put down It was a teeny tiny bit less good than Water for Elephants but still a five star read for me The three rich, spoilt Americans were suitably awful and the Scottish setting was well drawn The whole thing was set to a background of World War Two and we accessed the details of this as the main character did by reading the local newspaper, always a few days late and not always completely accurate I enjoyed watching Maddie develop from [...]

    10. I really enjoyed the beginning of this story, starting with The New Years Eve Party For me the strengths of the book are the characters They each seem go through personality and behavior changes especially Ellis and Maddie the married couple Hank is their best friend I Pill popping whiskey drinking Ellis is colored blind which keeps him from going to war He is complex he can go from good guy to sleazbag in the matter of seconds I found him to be quite interesting Maddie is suppose to look thin b [...]

    11. 3.5 StarsThis book was enjoyable I listened to most of it on audiobook, and I would recommend it because it was interesting enough to capture my attention for the entirety not a single part dragged and made me play the audiobook at 3x speed just to get through it The main downfall to this book is that there s so many facets to it, and it doesn t necessarily check each of those boxes completely There s romance, but it s not a romance story It s historical fiction, but it s not a World War II stor [...]

    12. Nearly 3.5 Gruen does a great job of bringing her settings and time periods to life The first third or so of the novel was particularly promising, as she introduces her characters in upper crust wartime Philadelphia and then sends them to rural Scotland on a hunt for the Loch Ness monster I especially enjoyed the Hollywood esque love triangle of the early sections Hank and Ellis buzzing around Maddie made me think of Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire fighting over the female lead in Holiday Inn Gruen [...]

    13. Some books are challenging to rate The Waters Edge is case in point summation of its parts didn t equate a grand whole Many of the literary elements, such as symbolism, foreshadowing, the infusion of mythic folklore, and atmosphere as a character, were all quite good Maddie s character growth transformation was notable And I thought the monster theme represented throughout in terms of war, mental illness, alcoholism, greed, jealousy enriched the story immensely.Then too, there were many things I [...]

    14. So very, excrutiatingly, needlessly, over dramatically, agonizingly over written The pathos practically drips off the pages with no humor and very little action to provide release.And it s really a shame, because Gruen has a good story and has some good characters I really wanted to care about But, my God, ease up a little.The same is true for the historical fiction aspect What she did so remarkably in Water for Elephants in opening up a hidden world, she fails at here It felt like she was tryi [...]

    15. Disappointing Reads like the author took her half finished WWII era novel and threw it in a blender with a Highland romance she was thinking about Mixed that up sprinkled it with some humor Then finished off with some nice cliches throughout.

    16. I thoroughly enjoyed Like Water For Elephants, by Sara Gruen, and was thrilled to be given the opportunity to read this authors latest novel, At The Water s Edge.Set during WWII, Maddie, her husband Ellis and his best friend Hank leave their pampered high society lives in Philadelphia after falling out of grace with family To prove themselves they cross the ocean, during this tumultuous time, in search of the Loch Ness Monster They quickly discover a whole new world they are not accustomed to th [...]

    17. I didn t like Water for Elephants In fact, I hated it I stopped reading it with 50 pages left, tossed it in the library donation bin and have refused to pick up anything by the author since Until now The combination of a historical set in Scotland during WW2 with Nessie thrown in for good measure, was just too enticing not to try even for me I kind of envisaged something a bit like the film The Water Horse.For the first hundred pages or so I cursed my curiosity for getting the better of me, as t [...]

    18. The idea of three wealthy young Americans sailing off to Scotland in the middle of WWII just to try to prove that the Loch Ness monster was real and to salvage the reputation of one of their fathers seemed rather silly and far fetched to me But I was engaged by the dangerous adventure itself and their aim to prove some things to the world, and not just that the monster existed The men, Ellis and Hank, have been outcast from society and from their own families because, due to color blindness and [...]

    19. The pounding headache that Maddie Hyde was suffering after the New Year s Eve party the night before had her cringing she tried desperately to remember the events of the latter part of the evening and when she did she realized with horror that she and her husband Ellis had made dreadful fools of themselves Along with best friend Hank the three had disgraced themselves in front of many of the high society elite at the Philadelphia event In quick succession, Ellis mother and father were mortified [...]

    20. A vapid protagonist makes for a vapid read Anecdotal history scattered haphazardly throughout a stretch to use the tragedies of WWII to bolster a tepid story successfully clarified only how uninterested I was in the main plot the Loch Ness Monster search by a true life monster of a husband And even then, his monstrosity was less convincing than that of the Nessie herself.Sad to give such a lackluster review, particularly when Water for Elephants has such magic Subsequent work will always need so [...]

    21. Jaako dobro Y Autorica je osmislila odli nu pri u u koju je ukomponirala i Drugi svjetski rat, udovi te iz Loch Nessa, psiholo ki portret likova, neo ekivane obrate Ma super Uskoro vi e

    22. I love this book 5 stars Beautifully written and left me wanting I love stories of war and love and Gruen drew me right into this one as she did with Water for Elephants Would love to see a sequel to this to see where the characters went from the end.

    23. I liked this novel It is a bit of a quiet story that mostly takes place in a Scotland village Maddie joins her husband, Ellis, and their friend, Hank, to search out the Loch Ness monster during the end of WWII These characters are privileged socialite snobs from Philadelphia The story of the search for the monster is really a backdrop for the personal growth of Maddie into a stronger, confident woman They stay at an inn where Maddie is regularly left alone while Ellis and Hank search for the cr [...]

    24. 3.5 starsFarfetched Fun Loch Ness Monster Lobotomies, oh my I really found myself enjoying this lighthearted romp through Inverness Maddie Hyde, her husband Ellis and their dear friend Hank Boyd find themselves living a Gatsby esque lifestyle while both Ellis and Hank cannot enlist due to color blindness and flat feet Ellis finds himself falling from his father s grace and decides to save the day by going to Scotland to capture the Loch Ness Monster on film a feat his father attempted but never [...]

    25. I had a difficult time finishing this book I absolutely loved Water for Elephants and was excited to dive into At the Waters Edge, but I just did not enjoy it in any way Part of this may have been the fact that I listened to it on Audiobook, and the narrator was damn awful I will not listen to another book narrated by the same person That aside, I believe most of my dislike for it lays with the characters and story itself I didn t feel any connection or really even particularly like Mattie, Angu [...]

    26. This would make a beautiful movie just think of Scottish lairds, old Philadelphia upper crust parties, war shots, hints of ghosts and Nessie I d watch that movie Reading is different than watching, though The reason why the main characters Maddie Ellis, husband wife and friend Hank, all snobbish rich brats to go Scotland during the last six months of WWII for Nessie watching isn t believable to me By the time suspension of belief is needed, well, mine was all used up I didn t like most of the c [...]

    27. This is story of Maddie, her husband Ellis and his friend Hank who travel to Inverness, Scotland from America during the second world war Ellis is on a mission to find and photo the Loch Ness monster, a mission his father had failed to accomplish in the past.This is a beautifully written book It portrays a great sense of place and the time in which the book is set I found it difficult to relate to some of the characters, especially Ellis and Hank who are very self centered and frivolous Maddie s [...]

    28. 40% in and I m throwing in the towel I don t care what happens, not vested in characters or book May try again, may not Time to move on.

    29. Sara Gruen I have not read Riding Lessons because I have no interest in the equestrian world whatsoever I did, of course, read Water For Elephants I really liked that one Like in that novel, At the Water s Edge exemplifies Gruen s conscientious research Like she demonstrated it in her historical circus exploration She covers World War II overseas, focusing on a search for the Loch Ness Monster, Nessie for short so that readers can still enjoy her wonderful imagination and whimsical narratives Th [...]

    30. Three and a half starsWhen I first started reading this novel I had mixed feelings Some writing really appealed to me I loved the picture of the postie bring an envelope of bad news to Mairi He turned it a couple of times, as though wondering whether to give it to her, whether not giving it to her would make the thing it contained not true The wind caught it a couple of times, flicking it this way and that When he finally handed it to her, he offered it up as gently as a new hatched chick I also [...]

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