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Madeline "Maddie" Hyde (Female), Married, She and her husband, Ellis, disgraced themselves at a New Year's Eve party; cut off financially by her husband's father; travels with her husband to Scotland; falls in love with the Scottish countryside; becomes friends with two women
Ellis Hyde (Male), Married, Color blind, His father cut him off financially; determined to regain his father's favor by hunting down the Loch Ness monster
Coming of age
World War II
Financial problems
Social classes
Female friendship
Scottish folklore
Husbands and wives
Scottish culture
Mythological creatures
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Pennsylvania - Mid-Atlantic States (U.S.)
Scotland - Europe
Time Period
1944 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

Gruen (Water for Elephants) spins a tale of monsters, romance, history, and more. It's 1944, and Maddie; her husband, Ellis; and his best friend Hank leave Philadelphia under less-than-ideal circumstances and head to the Scottish countryside to search for the Loch Ness Monster. Snippets of history and war are interwoven into the melodrama of small village life; Hank and Ellis are on the sidelines as they focus on the search, and the tale follows Maddie as she discovers more about her marriage, her life, and herself. Justine Eyre handles the accents well, brings the secondary characters to life, and helps this predictable, quiet tale make its way to its tidy ending. VERDICT Of interest to Gruen's fans. ["You'll find yourself skimming along entertainingly with Maddie as she grows up, asserts herself, and gets the right man": LJ Xpress Reviews 3/20/15 review of the Spiegel & Grau hc.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

Gruen's (Water for Elephants) riveting fifth novel follows Philadelphia socialite Madeline Hyde; her husband, Ellis; and his best friend, Hank, on a quest to Loch Ness in January 1945 as they seek proof of the legendary monster, which Ellis's father allegedly photographed 13 years earlier. Once the trio is ensconced in the tiny village of Drumnadrochit, Hank and Ellis begin disappearing for days at a time, leaving Maddie alone back at the inn with no ration card, no practical skills, and no emergency gear. She soon bonds with the locals-even Angus, the inn's brooding, standoffish owner-and her newfound friendships help her cope with household chores and air raids alike. As the days drag on, Maddie begins to uncover truths about her family, as well as secrets about Ellis, that force her to reimagine her entire life as she knows it. A slow start gives way to mystery upon mystery, building to a gripping climax. Though some aspects, particularly an ambiguous brush with the supernatural, are a little pedestrian, Gruen's beautiful setting and deeply sympathetic characters ensure a memorable read for new and returning fans alike. (Mar.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
In this new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. In At the Water's Edge, she tells the gripping and poignant story of a privileged young woman's moral and sexual awakening as she experiences the devastations of World War II in a Scottish Highland village.
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