At the Water's Edge

At the Water's Edge

A Novel

Book - 2015
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"After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army colonel who is already embarrassed by his son's inability to serve in WWII due to color-blindness. Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and, when he finds it, he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day, the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. Meanwhile, Maddie undergoes a social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and, finally, to love."--
Publisher: Toronto : Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780385664493
Characteristics: 354 pages ;,25 cm.


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Aug 05, 2019

Loved this book. Was a bit hard to get into the book for the first 100 pages. But after that it did not let me down. The last half of the book I read in one sitting due to all the things I needed to know. I highly recommend this book!

Jul 13, 2019

I found this book to be a huge disappointment. The historical references were poorly researched and improbable. The story line pathetic and improbable.

Feb 12, 2019

This book was enjoyable until the end, when it was then a bit of a let down. I also did not enjoy the violence of the antagonist and passivity of the protagonist. Ok read.

Feb 01, 2018

The best word I can think of to describe this book is plodding. At the outset it seems to have good possibilities, but somehow it makes you not care about the characters. It was mildly interesting, but definitely not something I would ever recommend.

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.

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.

ArapahoeTiegan 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.

Aug 26, 2016

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

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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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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ArapahoeTiegan 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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