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 area is a gripping and poignant love tale a couple of privileged younger woman’s awakening as she studies the devastation of worldwide conflict II in a tiny village within the Scottish Highlands.
After disgracing themselves at a excessive society New Year’s Eve celebration in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are bring to a halt financially via his father, a former military colonel who's already ashamed of his son’s lack of ability to serve within the battle. whilst Ellis and his ally, Hank, come to a decision that the one technique to regain the Colonel’s prefer is to be triumphant the place the Colonel very publicly failed—by removing 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 nutrients is rationed, gasoline is scarce, and a knock from the postman can convey tragic information. but she unearths herself falling in love with the stark good looks and sophisticated magic of the Scottish geographical region. progressively she involves be aware of the villagers, and the friendships she varieties with younger ladies open her as much as a bigger global than she knew existed. Maddie starts to determine that not anything is because it first appears to be like: the values she holds pricey end up unsustainable, and monsters lurk the place they're least expected.
As she embraces a fuller experience of who she should be, Maddie turns into acutely aware not just of the darkish forces round her, yet of life’s good looks and remarkable probabilities.
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