England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .
Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.
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TIDELANDS by Philippa Gregory is a historical mystery that will transport you back in time to the mid-sixteen hundreds. A…moreJust finished reading it.
TIDELANDS by Philippa Gregory is a historical mystery that will transport you back in time to the mid-sixteen hundreds. A perilous time for women, especially women who could easily be pointed out as a witch. I have not read this author’s novels previously. I just love historical thrillers! I could tell right away that the story was setting up a new series that I’m sure will garner many new readers to the story about Alinor and her children. Alinor copes the best she can with a “missing husband” that she would appreciate remaining missing. Lol. Her children mean everything to her. But, despite all of this.. she makes a decision to assist a fugitive of the ongoing religious war that is taking place in Britain. This is during the time that Brits guilty of practicing Catholicism could be arrested and most likely found guilty of whatever and put to death. I enjoyed the story quite a bit! I found it to have quite a bit of set up in the beginning and then the story starts picking up speed. I look forward to reading the next book in the series as I was left waiting to find out more.. much, much more! Good stuff! (less)
It’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 more 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 ...more
The country is in the midst of a civil war between the King and his supporters and Parliament. Alinor’s path crosses with James, a young priest and a Royalist. She helps ...more
philippa 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-fronted, literary romance-ish bracket.
i read The Other Boleyn Girl ages ago, and i remember liking it, so when i saw that her new series would focus on 17th century england with a witchcraft angle, well here i came.
i’m a new england girl who grew up on stories of goody ...more
Alys and Rob were Alinor’s ...more
In this current outing, we meet ...more
Philippa 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 vigil.
In this story, the reader is taken to 1648 England, in the midst of the Civil War between King and Parliament.
I loved the research that went into this book, and I’m always amazed at Gregory’s storytelling talent to retell history. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction, and can only imagine what life for a woman would have been like during ...more
Wheww, can I just say: As a woman, I’m so glad I was born in this age and not the 17th century! Because holy doo doo...we think being a woman is hard today?? It ain’t nothin (comparatively speaking)!! Anyway, other than this new appreciation I have for the time I live in, I also thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson I received from Tidelands.
It’s set in what was an incredibly tumultuous time for England. The mid 1600s during the English Civil War, when King Charles I & parliament were ...more
It’s 1648 and England is in the midst of civil unrest, with the parliament threatening to overthrow and charge the ruling King. Alinor is a midwife and healer, living in a small shack in the tidelands, with her son and daughter. Alinor’s husband has disappeared, claiming she had “seduced” him with her magical powers, and their children did not belong to him, but Alinor is determined to make it on her ...more
The first third of the book was extremely slow and consists mostly of details of Alinor's daily routine. Obviously, a historical fiction title should include information of the time and place, but this should form a natural part of the story, not take over the plot and feel like the focus of the ...more
England 1648 is a dangerous time for a woman especially if you have intelligence, beauty and determination.
Allinor is a herbalist, a healer just like her mother before her. However her skill with herbs and her outstanding beauty cause mistrust and jealousy. She is gossiped about as being a witch. With her husband missing she is left to bring up two children alone.
Tidelands is set during the last few months of King Charles I’s reign and a time of religious ...more
More than halfway through and I had to return my copy to the library. A month later I realized, Id forgotten I had even started it and that TBR list isn’t getting any shorter.
Am I dying to see how it ends now that I’ve waited a month? Not really.
I usually love Gregory’s slightly “guilty pleasure” historical fiction books. Not this one. Super strong heroine falls in love with ever so slightly wimpy hero.
Interesting, memorable and atmospheric
The story is set in 1648 on Sealsea Island, England in the marshy landscape of the tidelands. Alinor is waiting in anticipation at the church graveyard hoping to catch sight of her missing husbands ghost to confirm his death as this was the walking night for the dead.
Alinor suspects her husband has drowned, she has been abandoned living in poverty with her two children, Alys and Rob. If Zachary was drowned she would be free....While waiting and ...more
On Midsummer Eve, Alinor waits in the church graveyard, hoping to encounter her missing husband’s ghost and thus confirm his death. Instead, she meets a stranger, a man named James, who is a Catholic priest and a spy in secret service to the exiled King Charles.
Unlike most of the novels I have read by Philippa Gregory, politics and royal intrigue are in the background here with romance being in the foreground. At first, I didn’t think I would like this ...more
The Isle of Wight, 1648: The king is imprisoned and rebellious parliament is in power.
Sussex, 1648: Alinor, living on the tidelands of the Saxon shore, is 27 and already very weary. Now, a widow of the missing fisherman and abusive husband. Her path crosses with a priest in hiding. James believes in the old religion and in restoring king to its rightful place. Alinor helps him to pass the treacherous ...more
Set in 1648 during the English Civil War, Alinor is a poor woman, and I do mean poor, who is raising her two children after her fisherman husband sailed out one day and never ...more
In this new series, Philippa Gregory is going to be tracing generations of the same family through their lives beginning in 17th century England, and following them all the way to Europe and the United States. Spanning more than two centuries, this series will show how regular, ...more
Women today are not equal. And at the same time, we are so much safer than we once were, have so many more rights than we once did, and we need to keep in mind that unless we stand up ...more
I liked how well the book showed the ...more
But there are a few things I'm totally obsessed with and will pick up pretty much any book with these themes and give it a chance. This one seems to take place during ...more
There was little consideration given to all females at this time with those in poor ...more
From the first page to pretty much the last, you are gripped with its sense of foreboding and unnerving, giving you as the reader the feeling of sitting on the edge of a knife...
I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Alinor and how she tackled what was thrown at her and her family... I cannot wait for the next part of this saga to see how ...more
‘This is a big ambition, and it is going to be, I hope, a big series, starting with this novel of an obscure and isolated area of England during the English Civil War. The main character, Alinor, is entirely fictional but representative of the working women of her time: excluded from power, from wealth and education, but nonetheless making lives for themselves as best they can.’
Dear Reader, Philippa Gregory, Tidelands
A few years back Philippa ...more
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