Sara Gruen’s Next – At the Water’s Edge

January 29, 2015

From elephants to apes to Loch Ness monsters, it’s really about the people. In this case, Gruen writes about the Scottish Highlands in World War II and focuses on female friendship and the effects of war on the female characters.  I have no ARC for this (sorry I’ll have several next week), but it’s freshly ordered and hardly any queue as of this writing.

Gruen, Sara.  At the Water’s Edge. Random House, 2015. 

At the Water's Edge


In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands. 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 favor 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 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. Yet Maddie finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. She begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected. 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.


2 Responses to “Sara Gruen’s Next – At the Water’s Edge”

  1. Kat @ MUK Says:

    I’m interested if the ARC is still available Darren.

  2. Darren Says:

    I don’t have one at the moment I’m afraid but will put more up this week.

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