Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: The House Between the Tides by Sarah Maine

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Simon & Schuster, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


This new book comes out May 5th, but you'll want to pre-order or save it for when it does!

house between the tides cover

Synopsis:

A beautiful debut novel set in the Outer Hebrides, The House Between Tides that strips back layers of the past to reveal a dark mystery. In the present day, Hetty Deveraux returns to the family home of Muirlan House on a remote Hebridean island estate following the untimely death of her parents. Torn between selling the house and turning it into a hotel, Hetty undertakes urgent repairs, accidentally uncovering human remains.Who has been lying beneath the floorboards for a century? Were they murdered? Through diaries and letters she finds, Hetty discovers that the house was occupied at the turn of the century by distant relative Beatrice Blake, a young aristocratic woman recently married to reknowned naturalist and painter, Theodore Blake. With socialist and suffragist leanings Beatrice is soon in conflict with her autocratic new husband, who is distant, and wrapped up in Cameron, a young man from the island.As Beatrice is also drawn to Cameron, life for them becomes dangerous, sparking a chain of events that will change many lives, leaving Hetty to assemble the jigsaw of clues piece by piece one hundred years later, as she obsessively chases the truth.In The House Between Tides, author Sarah Maine uses her skills as a storyteller to create an utterly compelling historical mystery set in a haunting and beautifully evoked location:

Review:

When you read the foreward of a book and the editor refers to the book as the 'Next Wuthering Heights', you know you will either adore the book or be disappointed. I am THRILLED to say you will not be disappointed! I literally could NOT put the book down, and only read it in 2 sittings, as I literally could not keep my eyes open and fell asleep with the kindle on my chest! Seriously, THIS is the book that EVERYONE will be talking about!

This book has everything- romance, mystery, location, family secrets, hunky male characters (!!)- that you want to read in a book. And the author does an amazing job with characters and descriptions, to totally transport you back in time, and back to the present, so fluidly, that you don't feel the transitions, and are happy to move as she sends you. You will want to catch the next flight to the Outer Hebrides, to catch the amazing light that is central to the story line! It is so hard to believe that this is Sarah's first fiction book, as she is a born story teller and I can't wait to read more books from her. Once you read this wonderful book, you will too!


About the Author:

Sarah Maine was born in England but grew up partly in Canada, returning to the UK for university where she studied archaeology. This subject choice gave many opportunities for travel while working on excavations or carrying out research for her PhD. Vacations were spent lecturing for adventure travel companies in Europe and Canada, but her working life has been spent in York where she now lives with her family. Non-fiction writing has been central to her work, up to now.

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