At the Water's Edge
A NovelLarge Print - 2015
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. 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 she 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. Maddie 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 of life's beauty and surprising possibilities.
Praise for At the Water's Edge
"Breathtaking . . . a daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII." -- Harper's Bazaar
"A gripping, compelling story . . . Gruen's characters are vividly drawn and her scenes are perfectly paced." -- The Boston Globe
"A page-turner of a novel that rollicks along with crisp historical detail." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Powerfully evocative." --USA Today
"Gruen is a master at the period piece--and [this] novel is just another stunning example of that craft." -- Glamour
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"We were going to Schotland, it was our only option, and we would not set foot on this continent again until he had found the monster the Colonel had faked."
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A beautiful story about Maddie Hyde who's life gets turned upside down when her husband and his best friend decide they need to go to Scotland in the middle of WWII to find the Loch Ness monster and reclaim the honor they lost from being unable to fight in the war. Maddie uses the time to change the way she sees the world and realize all the ways she'd been wrong before. She makes connections with people in the small Inn she is staying at while her husband and his friend are off trying to track down the monster. Each person helps her change herself and become great friends who help her get through a great many trials in the end of the book.
Absolutely fantastic read! Very addicting - I did not want to put it down! I had to know how it ended from the moment I started the book and realized how much I liked Maddie. I just got drawn in more and more as she kept changing and I was able to respect her even more through each change.
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