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 side is a gripping and poignant love tale a couple of privileged younger woman’s awakening as she stories the devastation of global warfare 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 an end financially by way 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, make a decision that the one technique to regain the Colonel’s prefer 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 international 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 meals is rationed, gasoline is scarce, and a knock from the postman can deliver tragic information. but she reveals herself falling in love with the stark good looks and sophisticated magic of the Scottish nation-state. steadily she involves comprehend the villagers, and the friendships she types with younger women open her as much as a bigger global than she knew existed. Maddie starts off to determine that not anything is because it first seems to be: the values she holds expensive end up unsustainable, and monsters lurk the place they're least expected.
As she embraces a fuller experience of who she may be, Maddie turns into acutely aware not just of the darkish forces round her, yet of life’s good looks and marvelous probabilities.
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I grew dizzy in the press of people as the scarlet-and-gold-clad yeomen guards rotated past, each ahorse, each holding his ceremonial halberd upright from a stirrup. Then someone shouted, “The earl! ” and I saw a handsome bearded man in peacock blue, mounted on a huge black horse and the queen in white beside him on a pure white steed with gold saddle stitching that gleamed in the sun. A pox on it, I was on the wrong side to see her well! Maneuvering for position, I jostled others back when they bumped me.
She could walk a taut rope, even at St. Paul’s in London. That’s where my father first saw her. ” He smiled as his eyes flickered over me. He motioned me away from the little rabble of children who had followed. I was about to tell him my friend Will wanted to meet him too, but all that flew right out of my head when he said, “Ah, but you resemble her greatly, our Anna Rosalina. Had she not told you of me, her cousin Bruno de Verona? ” he asked with a light pat on my hip. I nodded so hard my pinned-up hair bounced loose from my cap.
His hunchback form was unmistakable. For months, the whole city had talked of naught but the bloodless battles between this man and the Earl of Essex. If he was here to see me—or I to see him—I dreaded to know why. Robert Cecil, the Earl of Salisbury, the queen’s closest councillor and chief secretary, was the avowed enemy of Elizabeth’s former favored courtier, Robert Devereaux, Lord Essex, and his compatriot the Earl of Southampton, the men who had led the rebellion against her. It was through Cecil that the two earls had been arrested and rightly so.