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Tidelands

#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory begins a sweeping new series with the stor. 35 stars rounded upIt s a hard life for Alinor and her children who live on Sealsea Island off the south coast of England the tidelands neither sea nor shore She s a healer who grows herbs for medicine delivers babies and works at times for the well off residents as does her thirteen year old daughter and son Her husband is missing yet in 1648 a woman is defined by her husband and she is not a widow nor a wife so when good fortune comes to her son there are innuendos that she conjures up healing with than the herbs she mixes or worse with curses This grueling life they live sees no relief until she meets a young priest and assists him through the mire to finding the place of safety he is seeking The meeting not only changes her son s life but Alinor s as well in ways she never imagined Her daughter s desire to change her fate of the poor life they ve lived causes than innuendo of witchcraft for Alinor The first part of the story was slow moving with just way too much detail about her daily work routines and it felt repetitive at times But then the story came to life as I ve come to expect from Phillipa Gregory and I became uite engaged While this is different from the other Gregory books I ve read in that the main characters here are not the royals we are used to the political circumstances are part of the story the English Civil War and she depicts the history as well as she usually does with her research reflected here While I felt bogged down at first the ending was than enough to keep me wondering what will happen to Alinor and I ll be eagerly waiting the second book in the series A captivating story once things got moving so I ll round up to 4 stars ARC was provided by Atria via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

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O aware of the dangers awaiting a woman who dares to step out of the place society carved for he. The enemy from without and the enemy from withinPhilippa Gregory has always left her thumbprint on novels of English castles and royalty But this one has a particular flavor centering upon Sealsea Island near the tidelands in 1648 We re introduced to Alinor known also as Goody Reekie Alinor has climbed to the top of the church tower at midnight gazing out to sea for her lost husband Zachary Zachary has been missing for almost a year Neither widow nor wife Alinor keeps her vigilAlinor notices that she is not alone From within the darkness she hears a man s voice He tells her that he is Father James and must meet with Sir William Peachey As an herbalist and a midwife Alinor is not familiar with the changing times occuring in London where King Charles has fled and Oliver Cromwell has taken control There is unrest in the countryside with those supporting the king and those who wish him to stand trial We will come to know this Father James closely and observe his true colors as Alinor becomes and involved in his safety and well beingBut at the core of it all is Alinor s solid allegiance to her daughter Alys and to her son Rob They exist within the hardships of life in the tidelands with work that furrows the brow and coins that rarely touch the palm Long held secrets permeate Tidelands from the wider scope of the English Civil Wars to the personal interactions of parent to child and neighbor to community Philippa Gregory begins this one with a low simmer and then gradually brings this one to a rapid boil towards the end The dialogue is true to era and the characters reflect the historical angst The ending opens the door that will shed a light upon the road of the future for Sealsea Island and its inhabitants Whether you are a die hard Philippa Gregory fan or a new one in the making Tidelands is one novel that will sweep you awayI received a copy of Tidelands through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Simon Schuster Atria Books and to Philippa Gregory for the opportunity

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Y of a poor uneducated midwife named Alinor who is tempted by a forbidden love affair but all to. 4 stars Philippa Gregory writes in her author s note at the end of Tidelands that she wonders whether It is possible to tell a fictional story which tells a historical truth and I believe she answers her own uestion with this novel as I m sure was her goal In her note she discusses the historical truth of which she speaks the voiceless women of whom no records were kept their deeds unmarked their education unattended and still they persevered in making lives for themselves often ordinary everyday lives in which they garnered their own successes in whatever beauty and productivity that could accomplish for themselves and their families The heroine of Tidelands Alinor is just such an ordinary woman twenty seven years old descended from a line of women with knowledge of herbs and midwifery Her fisherman husband Zachary has disappeared at sea and it s unknown if he s dead or alive Alinor is faced with the bleak responsibility of raising her daughter Alys and her son Rob aloneThe year is 1648 the setting is the southern coast of England tidelands a landscape whose margins vary with high and low tide Only those who live there can safely navigate the marsh and mire One night Alinor meets Father James a young priest in his early twenties who is involved in the political intrigues surrounding King Charles I She hides James and then cautiously leads him to the local aristocrat Sir William a former supporter of the King Father James is immediately taken with Alinor although his background is as far from hers as wealth is from povertyThe love affair that develops between Alinor and James affects me in its simplicity and its subtle sweetness She maintains her cottage with great care it smells good as opposed to most of the cottages of the poor which smells like excrement and body odor Alinor s cottage smells like dry herbs and the fresh sea air blowing in She readily admits to Father James that her husband was just work for her to do James says he s never met anyone like Alinor her beauty has turned his head but she seems unaware of her beauty Motivated ambitious hard working and extremely productive Alinor knows how to save and spend her money how to take advantage of anything that will prosper her family and she feels like she has found in this man a love she never had from her ill tempered husband who constantly bad mouthed her to the neighbors as a witch This novel is a bit of a slow burn with time taken to bring the reader into Alinor s world where the women glean in the wheat fields work with chickens milk cows gather herbs and Alinor delivers a babe into the world and assists an old person out of it I was never many paragraphs far from the work Alinor was doing I found this absorbing and appreciated Gregory s careful and meticulous research Father James represents the religious and political thinking of those of that time who thought the king s right to rule was a divine right He will do battle in his soul because his devotion to the church and his politics are at odds with his love of Alinor Alinor does everything within her power to drive her own destiny Whether that is meant to be or whether it will be left in the hands of men will be for the reader to discover As the novel approaches the last third the pacing picks up as we race to climactic events A most fascinating way to submerge oneself into history


About the Author: Philippa Gregory

wwwPhilippaGregorycom become addicted to the updates of historical research as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers and is a regular broadcaster on television radio and webcasts from her website Philipa's Facebook page



10 thoughts on “Tidelands

  1. says:

    I have read several novels by Ms Gregory and I cannot recall that much of a romance thing in any of them I may be in the minority here however I want to be honest with myself whcih is always the case and I cannot

  2. says:

    35 stars rounded upIt’s a hard life for Alinor and her children who live on Sealsea Island off the south coast of England the tidelands “neither sea nor shore” She’s a healer who grows herbs for medicine delivers babies and works at times for the well off residents as does her thirteen year old daughter and son Her husband is missing

  3. says:

    The time is 1648 not an easy time to be a woman especially a woman without a husband Alinor is left a single mother of two when her husband goes out to sea and never returns She ekes out a living as a midwife and herbalist in a time when those activities were viewed with suspicion and accusations of witchcraft we

  4. says:

    NOW AVAILABLEphilippa gregory is a name i can be counted on to invoke whenever i’m doing any RA spiel bullet pointing the many different flavors of historical fiction with her oeuvre representing the well researched female

  5. says:

    4 stars Philippa Gregory writes in her author’s note at the end of ‘Tidelands’ that she wonders whether “It is possi

  6. says:

    Tidelands is the first in The Fairmile series by Philippa Gregory and is set in England in 1648 when civil war poverty and treachery surrounded the residents On Midsummer’s Eve Alinor searched for answers about her missing brute of a husband but instead she found James a young man who needed to stay hidden Alinor kept him safe as they crossed the marshlands then hiding him in her netting shed – her life cha

  7. says:

    One can always count on Philippa Gregory to write of women who are strong determined and courageous With lots of evident research she gives a human voice to these women making them come alive as she imbues in them human frailties and an innate wisdom that came with living in the times that they did From The Other Boleyn Woman to this current book we meet women who are set in their determination and do all that is needed to succee

  8. says:

    The enemy from without and the enemy from withinPhilippa Gregory has always left her thumbprint on novels of English castles and royalty But this one has a particular flavor centering upon Sealsea Island near the tidelands in 1648 We're introduced to Alinor known also as Goody Reekie Alinor has climbed to the top of the church tower at mid

  9. says:

    DNFMore than halfway through and I had to return my copy to the library A month later I realized I’d forgotten I had even started it — besides my TBR list isn’t getting any shorter Am I dying to see how it ends now that I’ve waited a m

  10. says:

    45 stars I have started making my way through Philippa Gregory’s fabulous books and I was so excited to read her newest

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