At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

A Novel

Book - 2015
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While her husband, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.
Publisher: New York :, Spiegel & Grau,, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385523233
0385523238
9780385523240
Characteristics: 354 pages ; 25 cm

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weezie1
Feb 16, 2017

I read this novel a few years ago and found the story about a monster very strange but it was a good story otherwise.

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s390325
Nov 17, 2016

Fantastic novel, couldn't put it down, can't wait to read her other books! I liked the strong female protagonist and also the development of the female friendships.

AL_TIEGAN Oct 26, 2016

If you love stories that take place during World War II, this is a great read! While it does not focus on soldiers or specifically on any of the happenings of the war, it is a great glimpse into how the war affected everyday people.

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RNSharpe
Aug 26, 2016

I couldn't put this book down! Quick and entertaining read.

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ronchervy
Aug 15, 2016

Loved this book.

samcmar Jun 30, 2016

This was a book I put off for months reading, worried I wouldn't like it. I adored Water for Elephants, a book I assumed by title alone I wouldn't enjoy. I was worried afterwards that At the Water's Edge wouldn't live up to my expectations of what Sarah Gruen is capable of.

However, I flew through this book. I couldn't stop turning the pages because I was so engrossed by Maddie's narrative, along with the quest to see the Loch Ness monster. I found myself completely enchanted by the way in which the story was woven together, and I loved how Gruen opens this novel and then surprises readers by the end of it with a reference to the beginning. There's so many subtle nuances in this story, and the writing is quite lovely.

Mostly though, I loved Maddie, Anna, and Meg. I found each of the heroines in the story so strong in their own right, and I found that how they approached others in the story to be quite interesting. I wanted to hurl things at Ellis and Hank, but I understood their rational in a lot of the situations within the story. I gotta say though, the ending quite surprised me, and I loved how the story wrapped up.

Is the story a tad melodramatic and ridiculous? Absolutely! And if you don't like that, then I definitely don't recommend this book. However, if you don't mind a little drama, and some really, really, lovely writing, I definitely recommend At the Water's Edge, because if anything, it's quite a page-turner.

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LexiLou2
May 07, 2016

I was drawn to this unique plot line and the fact that Gruen's previous novel (WFE) was an engrossing tale of an area not commonly discussed. However, this book required a truckload of willing suspension of disbelief. There were too many perfectly timed coincidences as the rising action occurred, it was laughable. Very disappointed. Had I known this would be a romance novel, I would have left it on the shelf.

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claire1953
Mar 02, 2016

By the author of Water for a Elephants, at the Water's Edge was an enjoyable read. The author tries to capture life in Scotland near the end of a World War II. Once again, Sara Gruen shows, through her heroine Maddie, that a life can become more meaningful. Recommended. An easy read.

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jkimal
Feb 24, 2016

No better than a Harlequin Romance in a more sophisticated cover.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Nov 02, 2015

Gruen wrote a masterful work with "Water for Elephants," so the disappointment of her output since is acute. This is a fairly standard romance novel, and a rather dull one at that. It comes complete with a Scottish laird, a possible ghost, an abusive husband, and a journey of self-discovery. I didn't buy into any of the characters, the predictable plot moves at a languid pace, and any evocation of the rural Scottish culture and environment is gratingly lacking in detail and sophistication.

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Sonjahv May 17, 2015

"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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AL_TIEGAN Oct 06, 2016

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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