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April 2018: Strong Women > At the Water's Edge / Sara Gruen - 2**

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message 1: by Book Concierge (last edited Apr 24, 2018 10:36AM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6405 comments At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
At the Water’s Edge – Sara Gruen
Digital audio performed by Justine Eyre

From the book jacket - After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve Party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. With his best friend, Hank, Ellis decides that the only way to regain hisfather’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel once very publicly failed – by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster. Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.

My reactions
Maddie gives “hysterical women” a bad name. Jimminy Christmas but she’s annoying. Ellis is a manipulative sociopath, a spoiled kid who must have his own way. What a stereotypical villain! Hank is the hapless, and probably clueless, sidekick.

The most interesting characters are a couple of the women who work at the inn where the Hydes are staying. They have some real issues to deal with – losing loved ones in the war, trying to stay fed and healthy. At least Maddie finally gets some gumption and begins to assert herself – but only when Ellis is away chasing the monster without her.

Of course there’s a major love interest in the war veteran innkeeper, Angus. Tall, strong, handsome, virile – everything Ellis is not. But he’s tortured by his past.

Gruen can write better than this. Still, I was mildly entertained and kept listening.

That may have been due to the fine job that Justine Eyre did on the audio. She kept the pace moving, and has the skill as a voice artist to give all the characters unique voices. I loved her Scottish brogue! 4**** for her performance.

LINK to my review

message 2: by LibraryCin (new)

LibraryCin | 9079 comments 2 stars is disappointing! I've really enjoyed her books that include animals, so I'm not sure this sounds as interesting to me. Audio sounds good, though. :-) ... if I was to give it a try, I suppose!

message 3: by LibraryCin (new)

LibraryCin | 9079 comments Well, maybe I'm not meant to try it. Was going to see if my library had the audio, but I'm getting an error message, anyway.

Nicole R (drnicoler) | 7784 comments I did like this one but it was no where as good as Water for Elephants. Did you read that one?

I perhaps rated this one higher than I normally would but Ape House was so horrible that anything would have been better! lol

message 5: by Amy (new)

Amy | 9371 comments I actually own a two dollar copy of this book. But I eventually took it off my TBR list, Because I’ve seen 1000 reviews of it and never once has it been higher than two stars. Anyone want it? I’ll gladly send it anywhere.

Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6405 comments Nicole R wrote: "I did like this one but it was no where as good as Water for Elephants. Did you read that one?

I perhaps rated this one higher than I normally would but Ape House was s..."

Ha Ha Ha .... yes, Ape House was seriously disappointing after Water for Elephants.

Jason Oliver | 2105 comments I loved Water for Elephants and the movie. This one was 2 stars for me as well. I feel it failed on all fronts. The only positive was the quality of the writing.

message 8: by Amy (new)

Amy | 9371 comments Ok - bringing it to the little free library.... it’s not staying in my house another day!

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Joi (missjoious) | 3834 comments I was the one weirdo who didn't really like Water for Elephants. Doesn't really make me feel compelled to pick up anything else considering most people think of that as her "best".

JoLene (trvl2mtns) | 1532 comments I also didn’t mind this one. While Maddie started off super annoying, I thought she showed some growth in the end. It was also pretty fast paced, so I notice that I tend to rate those a smidge higher.

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