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Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
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it was amazing
bookshelves: arc, goodreads-win-2020, fiction, historical-fiction, paperbook

"Don't forget where you are, who you are. Nothing changes here but the waters. The rest of the country can run mad, turn upside down, but here only the sea changes daily and only the mire goes where it will."

Goodwife Alinor Reekie gets unwitting pulled into a situation when she helps hide a papist spy in the Tidelands, setting off a series of things that may change not only her family, but her country in the middle of a civil war. Her neighbors, seeing how she and her children's' fortunes turn towards the better, are extremely suspicious, as Alinor, who'd never really followed the rules, is determined to make a better life for all if them. But how can life get any worse for an abandoned midwife living in a rundown cottage near the water she fears so much?

And then there's James, the conscripted spy, whose unending acceptance of the tasks placed before him gets harder when Alinor helps him out. The whole situation takes his vows of faith, obedience and chastity to task. Discouragement drives his responses, except when it comes to Alinor.

What could go wrong? Everything in an area where witches, ghosts and fairies are still the norm even after The Church of England has banished the idea. If the villagers discover Goodwife Reekie's biggest secret, it could mean her death.

At over 400 pages, this is a very long book. In true Gregory style, her research is flawless. However, her choice of a lowborn "non entity" instead of an English royal is what makes it different, and promises of generations of Alinor's family in other books drives the reader to want to know more. I truly loved this book and can hardly wait for sequels hinted in the author's notes in the back of the book. Highly Recommended 5/5

[disclaimer: I received this book in a Goodreads/Atria Books give away and voluntarily read and reviewed it]

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Reading Progress

February 14, 2020 – Shelved
February 14, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
March 12, 2020 – Started Reading
March 19, 2020 –
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March 25, 2020 –
page 176
March 27, 2020 –
page 263
March 27, 2020 –
page 305
March 28, 2020 – Shelved as: arc
March 28, 2020 – Shelved as: goodreads-win-2020
March 28, 2020 – Shelved as: fiction
March 28, 2020 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
March 28, 2020 – Shelved as: paperbook
March 28, 2020 – Finished Reading

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