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New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory begins a sweeping new series with the story. The time is 1648 not an easy time to be a woman especially a woman without a husband Alinor is left a single mother of two when her husband goes out to sea and never returns She ekes out a living as a midwife and herbalist in a time when those activities were viewed with suspicion and accusations of witchcraft were commonThe 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 him find safe passage and their relationship forms the crux of the story Meanwhile Alinor s children are presented with opportunities that will save them from a life of menial work and poverty Alinor is like all mothers everywhere who wants a better life for herself and her children I admired her hard work ambition and determination But their good fortune only fuels the suspicions of the townspeopleAs with all the author s books this is hefty at 448 pages and as it is the first book in a series much time is spent setting up the background and life in the Tidelands I listened to this on audio which I highly recommend as the narrator is excellent Listening while multi tasking made even the political maneuverings palatable I appreciate the author s attention to detail and historical accuracy and it certainly made me appreciate my good fortune to live in the current timesThe last half of the book moves along at a fast pace and the ending was a shocker After so much time spent in the Tidelands I m looking forward to seeing where the next book in the series takes us This was a buddy read with Marialyce one we both enjoyed on audio For our duo reviews please visit Washington! (Wagons West, the story. The Tennessee! (Wagons West, time is 1648 not an easy Celebration! (Wagons West, time Texas! (Wagons West, to be a woman especially a woman without a husband Alinor is left a single mother of I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery two when her husband goes out Revenge ni Miss Piggy to sea and never returns She ekes out a living as a midwife and herbalist in a Breakfast Book time when The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade those activities were viewed with suspicion and accusations of witchcraft were commonThe country is in Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the midst of a civil war between A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the King and his supporters and Parliament Alinor s path crosses with James a young priest and a Royalist She helps him find safe passage and Card Concepts their relationship forms Schadenfreude the crux of Emotional Victory the story Meanwhile Alinor s children are presented with opportunities Still Life with Woodpecker that will save Bo Knows Bo them from a life of menial work and poverty Alinor is like all mothers everywhere who wants a better life for herself and her children I admired her hard work ambition and determination But Gender and Food their good fortune only fuels Radio Silence the suspicions of Finer Women the Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down townspeopleAs with all Dog Lady and the Cuban Swimmer: Two One-Act Plays the author s books Crazy Horses Girlfriend this is hefty at 448 pages and as it is Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women's Anthology for a New Millennium the first book in a series much Hannah Has Two Mommies time is spent setting up Child Support the background and life in 777 the Lost Blood the Tidelands I listened Know My Name to Abandoned Alice this on audio which I highly recommend as Map My Heart the narrator is excellent Listening while multi Scandal tasking made even The Fashion Condition the political maneuverings palatable I appreciate Embellish Me the author s attention The Snakehead to detail and historical accuracy and it certainly made me appreciate my good fortune Painting Beautiful Skin Tones with Color & Light to live in The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, the current Truly Wilde timesThe last half of VEGAN ganz anders the book moves along at a fast pace and Albert Reynolds the ending was a shocker After so much An Infamous Army (Alastair, time spent in Score! the Tidelands I m looking forward Abela to seeing where A Sisters Secret the next book in Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch the series Butchers Crossing takes us This was a buddy read with Marialyce one we both enjoyed on audio For our duo reviews please visit

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Of a poor uneducated midwife named Alinor who is tempted by a forbidden love affair but all too. NOW AVAILABLEphilippa 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 camei m a new england girl who grew up on stories of goody proctor and giles corey and in undergrad i took a class with a global perspective on witchcraft which turned out to be the perfect me kinda class horrifying AND illuminating cuz no matter where in the world people cry witch the targets are certain to contain unmarriageable daughters infertile or otherwise inconvenient wives elderly women unruly womenit makes the victorian practice of offloading these same problematic females into madhouses seem downright benevolent also included in the freuently accused category are midwives and any women working in that mysteeeeeerious realm of women s health which is what we have here alinor is an herbalist and midwife living in the sussex tidelands half tide half land good for nothing where even the ground beneath one s feet cannot be counted on from one moment to the next alinor s ne er do well husband zachary is a fisherman who has not returned from the sea in months maybe dead likely having abandoned alinor and their two children but definitely leaving her in a precarious position as indefinable as the tidelands not a widow nor a wifealthough her situation seems dire a vulnerable beautiful woman without a man on the edge of the world with a young son and a daughter who will be needing a dowry with only the herbs she can grow and the work she can find suddenly she and her children are blessed with the opportunities of individual upwardly mobile pathswhat can account for this good fortune perhapswitchcraft not so fast first we have to remember that during this time there s a whole civil war going on in england and it must be addressed we ll come back to this witch business in like 200 pages or soif you re someone who loves historical fiction for its immersive properties you will probably dig this it s a slow burner there s a lot of here we are in the tidelands this is life in the tidelands you cannot hear it but i am singing this to a tune but it s an accumulation of everyday things slowly moving towards something and i was getting impatient for the story to take me to that something if i hadn t been promised juicy witchy stuff on the back cover i would have been less impatient with the pacing i did appreciate the descriptions of the family s man v nature struggle the hardscrabble eking out of life in a terrifically challenging landscape how stubborn and resourceful you have to be to survive in such an inhospitable climate those themes always have my full attention maybe i ve been away from historical fiction for too long but i didn t love this the middle felt draggy and some of the characters were a bit one note particularly the exhausting mrs miller and o no alinor before you scold i understand how tenuous her position is i understand that even on the ever shifting tidelands one does not rock boats i understand that a woman who has seen nothing of the world beyond her little isolated pocket of it a mother of two with no man to speak for her in a profession she has to keep emphasizing does not include 17th century viagra or magical spells she s gotta lay a little low and not be seen as shrill or strident or defensive or any of those words we love so much to hear when a reasonable woman responds to chronically unreasonable people people like that broadly drawn mrs miller for example and i didn t need her to be anachronistically assertive or ooh rah empowered but even a little spark in her interior life would have been welcome one suppressed eyeroll or clenched fist an acknowledgment that her public facing demeanor takes effort she s placid as a messiah turning all the cheeks and every sentence she speaks is delivered simply evenly cooly steadily levelly easily it s an impressive number of synonyms for an endlessly agreeable person but it doesn t give her character much depth her daughter alys makes up for alinor s lack of indignation but as a character alinor reads psychologically flat my last gripe i swear but as far as the ending it s sodisruptive i mean it depends where the series goes from here but gregory spent so much time developing this physical location and this social community only to basically erase all that hard work with a JK NOW IT IS THIS abandonment of everything we ve been working towardsanyway this historical element is strong the witch element is brief the romance element ispresent i will probably keep reading the series but am hoping the next one is focused on people losing their minds over witches come to my blog

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Aware of the dangers awaiting a woman who dares to step out of the place society carved for her.. The enemy from without and the enemy from withinPhilippa 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 vigilAlinor notices that she is not alone From within the darkness she hears a man s voice He tells her that he is Father James and must meet with Sir William Peachey As an herbalist and a midwife Alinor is not familiar with the changing times occuring in London where King Charles has fled and Oliver Cromwell has taken control There is unrest in the countryside with those supporting the king and those who wish him to stand trial We will come to know this Father James closely and observe his true colors as Alinor becomes and involved in his safety and well beingBut at the core of it all is Alinor s solid allegiance to her daughter Alys and to her son Rob They exist within the hardships of life in the tidelands with work that furrows the brow and coins that rarely touch the palm Long held secrets permeate Tidelands from the wider scope of the English Civil Wars to the personal interactions of parent to child and neighbor to community Philippa Gregory begins this one with a low simmer and then gradually brings this one to a rapid boil towards the end The dialogue is true to era and the characters reflect the historical angst The ending opens the door that will shed a light upon the road of the future for Sealsea Island and its inhabitants Whether you are a die hard Philippa Gregory fan or a new one in the making Tidelands is one novel that will sweep you awayI received a copy of Tidelands through NetGalley for an honest review My thanks to Simon Schuster Atria Books and to Philippa Gregory for the opportunity

  • Hardcover
  • 455
  • Tidelands
  • Philippa Gregory
  • en
  • 07 August 2019
  • 9781501187155

About the Author: Philippa Gregory

wwwPhilippaGregorycom become addicted to the updates of historical research as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for wells in the primary schools of the dry poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year of Edinburgh University her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers and is a regular broadcaster on television radio and webcasts from her website Philipa's Facebook page.



10 thoughts on “Tidelands

  1. says:

    I have read several novels by Ms Gregory and I cannot recall that much of a romance thing in any of them I may be in the minority here however I want to be honest with myself whcih is always the case and I cannot s

  2. says:

    35 stars rounded upIt’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

  3. says:

    The time is 1648 not an easy time to be a woman especially a woman without a husband Alinor is left a single mother of two when her h

  4. says:

    NOW AVAILABLEphilippa 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 camei’m a

  5. says:

    4 stars Philippa Gregory writes in her author’s note at the end of ‘Tidelands’ that she wonders whether “It is possible to tell a fictional story which tells a historical truth” and I believe she answers her own ue

  6. says:

    Tidelands is the first in The Fairmile series by Philippa Gregory and is set in England in 1648 when civil war poverty and treachery surrounded the residents On Midsummer’s Eve Alinor searched for answers abou

  7. says:

    One can always count on Philippa Gregory to write of women who are strong determined and courageous With lots of evident research she gives a human voice to these women making them come alive as she imbues in them human frailties and an innate wisdom that came with living in the times that they did From The Other Boleyn Woman to this current book we meet women who are set in their determination and do all that is neede

  8. says:

    The enemy from without and the enemy from withinPhilippa 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 to

  9. says:

    DNFMore than halfway through and I had to return my copy to the library A month later I realized I’d forgotten I had even started it — besides my 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

  10. says:

    45 stars I have started making my way through Philippa Gregory’s fabulous books and I was so excited to read her newest series and novel TidelandsIn this story the reader is taken to 1648 England in the midst of the Civil War between King and ParliamentI loved the research that went into this book and I’m always amazed

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