Tidelands

Tidelands

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author and "one of the great storytellers of our time" ( San Francisco Book Review ) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her.

Midsummer's Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands --the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor's ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781501187155
Characteristics: 455 pages :,map ;,24 cm.

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good_stuff_4U
Oct 04, 2019

A lot of themes are pulled together here, among them poverty, witches and magic, war, royalty, peasants, religion and a culture of male domination. It was an easy read; the book tried to take you in a lot of directions. The ending tone felt a little too modern. It is more a "girl" read and less a history read. It does speak to the plight of "the women left behind".

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timewellspent
Sep 06, 2019

Not what I expected. Gregory has great writing skills and knowledge of Great Britain history.

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Readyreader1st
Aug 31, 2019

These books are so easy to read, the stories are so enjoyably it's hard to put them down. I love the timeframe and the history it provides

debwalker Aug 27, 2019

New series from Gregory - set during the English Civil War. Back to the 17th century!

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