At the Water’s Edge

By Sara Gruen

3.5 out of 5 stars

Maddie, her husband Ellis and his friend Hank are living high off the hog. They sleep most of the day and party all night until a night of partying leads to an embarrassment that sends them out of America and off to Scotland to  find the elusive Loch Ness monster. Ellis’ father had his own embarrassment in his “finding” of the monster and Ellis wants to show up his father. Or does he? Maddie doesn’t want to go but before she knows it, Hank has them booked and sailing to Scotland. And this is all amidst the war that is raging in Europe as Hitler tries to take over. Maddie sees things that she can’t unsee and this is the start of a change for her. As Ellis and Hank drink the days away and search for Nessie, Maddie becomes involved with the people who run the inn that they are staying in and in that process, finds her true self.

This book started very slowly for me and I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but as Maddie changed, I really became engaged in her character and wanted her to find her happiness. This does not pack the emotional punch of Water For Elephants,  which I loved, but it holds up well in it’s own right. The characters at the inn are all very lovable and make up for the distaste I had for Ellis, which was probably the way it was meant to be. If you pick it up, be assured it picks up and you will become involved in Maddie’s metamorphosis.

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