In the latest book by Sara Gruen, who rose to fame with “Water for elephants” which consequentially became a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
“At the water’s edge” has a slight flavor to her previous book. In this book set in Philadelphia and Ireland during the later years of World War II, the story revolves around Maddie, a young girl with a socially marred past , her mother had a public affair with another married man and her father has put very little effort toward an emotional relationship with his own daughter. However Maddie has married Ellis Hyde, a young heir and member of the higher society of Philadelphia. But when during New Year’s Eve in 1942, Ellis and Maddie alongside their best friend Hank enjoyed a little too much that night, embarrassing Colonel Hyde, Ellis’s father. After an altercation with Ellis’s father, Ellis decided that the only way to ingratiate himself back to his father is going to Scotland and film footage of Nessie, the Loch Ness monster whose Ellis’s father failed to do .
So Maddie, Ellis and Hank decided to travel across the ocean and after a long and tumultuous trip, they arrive to Scotland and settled in a small town ridden by the devastating effects of the war. Maddie must learn to adapt to her new environments while her marital relationship grows restless .
The book is laced with enough history facts that recreates well the uncertain living conditions that most people experienced during World War II and how it affected most places around the world and the characters are all so flawed and human. The secondary characters are also a delight to read, some of them good-natured and some selfish . The drama is visible and illustrates a point in history where women’s rights left a lot to desire and where violence and war culture were t its height.
This audiobook narrator does an amazing job conveying the drama and emotions of al of the characters and also is very talented at doing the natural accent of the Scottish characters.