Saturday, April 11, 2015

At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

 Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):

After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love. 

Full details: At the Water's Edge: A Novel

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House for the opportunity to receive the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. ***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I was unsure if this novel was going to be a good fit for me after reading the first couple of chapters full of spoiled, egocentric rich kids with a life of partying alone. I am very glad that I hung in there and continued to read, however. 

This novel was full of rich characters and settings. I fell in love with Maddie shortly after the badly thought out trip to Scotland while in the midst of war. I realized quickly that Maddie was more than the one-dimensional character that she had seemed to be inside high society in America. I found myself rooting for her to change her life and find her true self in Scotland. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

While slow-moving, it was a great read.


4 stars 

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