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Audio For our duo reviews please visit 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 nown 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 All Roads Lead Home 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 Fat 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 uestion with this novel as I m sure was her goal In her note she discusses the historical truth of which she speaks the voiceless women of whom no records wereept their deeds unmarked their education unattended and still they persevered in making lives for themselves often ordinary everyday lives in which they garnered their own successes in whatever beauty and productivity that could accomplish for themselves and their families The heroine of Tidelands Alinor is just such an ordinary woman twenty seven years old descended from a line of women with nowledge of herbs and midwifery Her fisherman husband Zachary has disappeared at sea and it s unknown if he s dead or alive Alinor is faced with the bleak responsibility of raising her daughter Alys and her son Rob aloneThe year is 1648 the setting is the southern coast of England tidelands a landscape whose margins vary with high and low tide Only those who live there can safely navigate the marsh and mire One night Alinor meets Father James a young priest in his early twenties who is involved in the political intrigues surrounding King Charles I She hides James and then cautiously leads him to the local aristocrat Sir William a former supporter of the King Father James is immediately taken with Alinor although his background is as far from hers as wealth is from povertyThe love affair that develops between Alinor and James affects me in its simplicity and its subtle sweetness She maintains her cottage with great care it smells good as opposed to most of the cottages of the poor which smells like excrement and body odor Alinor s cottage smells like dry herbs and the fresh sea air blowing in She readily admits to Father James that her husband was just work for her to do James says he s never met anyone like Alinor her beauty has turned his head but she seems unaware of her beauty Motivated ambitious hard working and extremely productive Alinor nows how to save and spend her money how to take advantage of anything that will prosper her family and she feels like she has found in this man a love she never had from her ill tempered husband who constantly bad mouthed her to the neighbors as a witch This novel is a bit of a slow burn with time taken to bring the reader into Alinor s world where the women glean in the wheat fields work with chickens milk cows gather herbs and Alinor delivers a "babe into the world and assists an old "into the world and assists an old out of it I was never many paragraphs far from the work Alinor was doing I found this absorbing and appreciated Gregory s careful and meticulous research Father James represents the religious and political thinking of those of that time who thought the ing s right to rule was a divine right He will do battle in his soul because his devotion to the church and *His Politics Are At Odds With His Love Of Alinor *politics are at odds with his love of Alinor does everything within her power to drive her own destiny Whether that is meant to be or whether it will be left in the hands of men will be for the reader to discover As the novel approaches the last third the pacing picks up as we race to climactic events A most fascinating way to submerge oneself into history 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 babies and works at times for the 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 conjures up healing with than the herbs she mixes or worse with curses This grueling life they live sees no relief until she meets a young priest and assists him through the mire to finding the place of safety he is seeking The meeting not only changes her son s life but Alinor s as well in ways she never imagined Her daughter s desire to change her fate of the poor life they ve lived causes than innuendo of witchcraft for Alinor The first part of the story was slow moving with just way too much detail about her daily work routines and it felt repetitive at times But then the story came to life as I ve come to expect from Phillipa Gregory and I became uite engaged While this is different from the other Gregory books I ve read in that the main characters here are not the royals we are used to the political circumstances are part of the story the English Civil War and she depicts the history as well as she usually does with her research reflected here While I felt bogged down at first the ending was than enough to eep me wondering what will happen to Alinor and I ll be eagerly waiting the second book in the series A captivating story once things got moving so I ll round up to 4 stars ARC was provided by Atria via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. O aware of the dangers awaiting a woman who dares to step out of the place society carved for he. 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 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 the 1640 s Thank you to Atria books for this complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my own 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 needed to succeed to live another dayIn this current outing we meet Alinor a woman who has to live by her wits and her innate abilities as a herbalist midwife and a mother of two married to a disaster of a man He deserts her and goes off to sea and Alinor is alone left to care for herself and her beloved children One night in a graveyard she sees and meets James a Royalist priest something that was a iss of death in the times of Civil War in England when Oliver Cromwell was in power and Charles the First was in exile She guides James out of the marsh and starts down a path that is filled with danger as she allows her heart to be won by JamesTimes were ever so difficult and with an aura of witchcraft surrounding her Alinor and her children strive for peace and a sense of contentment However the road to their dreams has many pitfalls and as Alinor battles the times she lives in she discovers a strength of heart and mind She will survive and give her children a chance a life beyond what the tidelands have given herThis sweeping tale is long setting up the scenario for the coming books in which we will again follow the life and times of Alinor and her offspringI recommend this book to those who so enjoy a novel that focuses on women that have met adversity and yet have been able to through strength of heart and mind to become resilient tenacious and filled with resolve When Jan and I heard that Philippa Gregory was working on a new series we were uite anxious to give it a go as we both have enjoyed many of her previous works We were not disappointed in this new beginning that promises to advocate for strength in women even through the hardships of being little than chattel in seventeenth century BritainTo see our duo reviews plus an interview with the author you can go here NOW AVAILABLEphilippa gregory is a name i can "be counted on to invoke whenever i m doing any RA spiel bullet pointing the "counted on to invoke whenever i m doing any RA spiel bullet pointing the 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 i remember liking it so when i saw 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 inda 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 mobile pathswhat can account for this good fortune perhapswitchcraft not 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 at. #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory begins a sweeping new series with the stor.