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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.
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.
I read this novel a few years ago and found the story about a monster very strange but it was a good story otherwise.
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.
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.
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.
I was drawn to this unique plot line and the fact that Gruen's previous novel (WFE) was an engrossing tale of an area not commonly discussed. However, this book required a truckload of willing suspension of disbelief. There were too many perfectly timed coincidences as the rising action occurred, it was laughable. Very disappointed. Had I known this would be a romance novel, I would have left it on the shelf.
By the author of Water for a Elephants, at the Water's Edge was an enjoyable read. The author tries to capture life in Scotland near the end of a World War II. Once again, Sara Gruen shows, through her heroine Maddie, that a life can become more meaningful. Recommended. An easy read.
Gruen wrote a masterful work with "Water for Elephants," so the disappointment of her output since is acute. This is a fairly standard romance novel, and a rather dull one at that. It comes complete with a Scottish laird, a possible ghost, an abusive husband, and a journey of self-discovery. I didn't buy into any of the characters, the predictable plot moves at a languid pace, and any evocation of the rural Scottish culture and environment is gratingly lacking in detail and sophistication.
Interesting I liked some of the characters, not enough of the loch Ness monster in it. Not bad I actually read and finished it.
Not as good as Water for Elephants, but still very good. One character, in particular, is a gem. :)
Not as good as Water for Elephants but well worth the read. It is a little slow at first but picks up quickly.
Slow in the beginning/first half but picks up. Not as good as Water for Elephants but still good to read
felt like a Harlequin
I looked forward to reading this highly anticipated new novel by Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants. High society hi jinks, the Loch Ness monster, and set historically in World War Two, I imagined it to be a fabulous read. However, I was more than somewhat disappointed. The characters, both the spoiled young Americans, and the more colourful supporting characters, the Scottish locals were unappealing to me. I found them shallowly drawn, and was unable to engage and empathize with any of them. The book did get more interesting as I delved further into it, but it never fulfilled that promise of a compelling summer read that I had looked forward to.
This is as good as Water for Elephants. I loved the characters. Gruen did her job for I despised the rich spoiled American boys, Hank and Ellis and I loved the Scottish characters. Gruen is able to leave the reader not knowing whether there really is a Loch Ness Monster. Loved the concept of the story, three spoiled American kids arrive in Scotland during World War II to find the Loch Ness Monster and are instantly thrown into a situation when all are impacted by the scarcity of material things. Satisfying ending for a love story makes this a great summer read.
I liked this book even though it isn't as good as "Water for Elephant". Maddie, her husband Ellis, and Hank, Ellis's best friend are looking for the Loch Ness monster during WWII. At the beginning they are rich snobs but as time goes on Maddie befriends two of the workers at the inn, and she is accepted by the locals. I liked her growth while staying at the inn, but the romance was a bit unbelieveable. The ending is satisfying but a little violent. Great summer read.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about AT THE WATER'S EDGE. Sara Gruen's writing style was easy to read and she did a wonderful job with the setting, capturing the stark beauty and mystery of the Scottish highlands during WWII. I enjoyed the Scottish natives, their vocabulary, folklore, and superstitions. I disliked their shallow American counterparts, including the heroine, Maddie. There seemed to be no foundation laid for the big romance which appeared suddenly in the middle of the book. While I could understand Maddie's attraction to Angus, I couldn't understand his attraction to her. In my opinion, AT THE WATER'S EDGE offers readers an engaging story, but one that will be quickly forgotten after the last page is finished.
A mediocre follow-up to "Water for Elephants" No real identifiable nor likable characters, even the heroine and her change of attitude by the end didn't make up for her annoying meekness.
Set during WWII in a remote and beautiful area of Scotland, this was a mix of historical fiction, romance, and a woman learning to take charge of her own life. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a well-done story and was a fast read. My only complaints were with the flatness of a couple of the characters and I thought the romance was unnecessary/not well developed. This would make a good beach read!
I really enjoyed this book. We read it for book club, and I'm quite happy I was introduced to it!
I'm always a fan of historical fiction and this book didn't disappoint. She brought to light complicated issues that were often kept hidden in the time period this book was written. #history