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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

At the Water's Edge

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A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War from the author of Water for Elephants.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. It is January 1945, and despite the war, three Americans with time and money on their hands decide to cross the Atlantic on a wild-goose chase. Socialite Ellis Hyde and his feckless friend Hank dodge the draft and arrive in Inverness-shire on a hunt for the Loch Ness Monster. Ellis hopes to restore his reputation, which as far as his father, a former monster hunter, is concerned, is tarnished; but for his bored wife Maddie the trip is an eyeopener, revealing not only the realities of war but the true state of her marriage. As Maddie becomes close to members of the small village community on the shores of the mysterious loch, so she discovers that ‘monsters abound, usually in plain sight,’ and one, it seems, is uncomfortably close to home. An escapist romance in an unlikely setting, well researched, and with a good measure of local colour and lore.
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At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

1945. After disgracing themselves at a high society party, spoilt young Philadelphia socialites Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off from the family without a penny. Ellis decides their salvation will be to hunt down the Loch Ness Monster, a venture his father very publicly failed at. So, oblivious to WW2 raging around them, they make their way to the Scottish Highlands, where Maddie has to face reality and decide just who the real monsters are.


'the only fault I can find with this book is that I've already finished it' Jodi Picoult

'truly enthralling' Scotsman

'breathtaking' Harper's Bazaar

About the Author

Sara Gruen's first bestselling novel Riding Lessons was published in 2004. She lives with her husband, three children, five cats, two goats, a dog, and a horse. Many of the characters and incidents in the novel are based on real people and true stories gleaned from her extensive research into the world of travelling circuses during the 1930s.

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Publication date

11th February 2016


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Two Roads an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division


416 pages


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