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Tidelands (Fairmile #1) New York Times Bestselling Author Philippa Gregory Begins A Sweeping New Series With The Story Of A Poor, Uneducated Midwife Named Alinor Who Is Tempted By A Forbidden Love Affair But All Too Aware Of The Dangers Awaiting A Woman Who Dares To Step Out Of The Place Society Carved For Her

10 thoughts on “Tidelands (Fairmile #1)

  1. says:

    4.5 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, Tidelands.In this story, the reader is taken to 1648 England, in the midst of the Civil War between King and Parliament.I 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.

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    I always look forward to a Philippa Gregory book and this was no exception It was a slow read for me until the exciting finish but it is the first book of the series and I think Gregory spent a lot of time laying the groundwork She envisions a long series like the The Forsythe Saga so she wanted a good foundation Set in 1648 during the English Civil War, Alinor is a poor woman, and I do mean poor, who is raising her two children after her fisherman husband sailed out one day and never returned She is in limbo not knowing if her husband is dead or alive She is a midwife and sells herbs walking a thin line of not being considered a witch Her daughter, Alys, has her eye set on marrying the son of a local farmer who owns his own land One night Alinor meets James who is going to work for the local Lord He is full of dangerous secrets including being a spy for King Charles I who is imprisoned by the Parliament He secures a position for her son, Rob, as a companion for the Lord s son The change in fortune brings out the gossips in town and the whispers of witch float around As events bring about the wedding of Alys, climatic revelations bring major changes and confrontations for the family It s a cliff hanger ending nicely setting up Book 2 The history of the times is quite interesting and well researched and I can t wait to see what happens to Alinor next.

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    I ve not read any Philippa Gregory before Not because of any great aversion to her or her stories, but I guess I get caught up in all the sci fi and action filled kind of stories coming out, and have yet to get around to reading her though I had seen at least one of the movies based on her books, and I own several of her books.But there are a few things I m totally obsessed with and will pick up pretty much any book with these themes and give it a chance This one seems to take place during the time of witch hunts, and alludes to the main character being suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times , so I m in, and will be giving it a shot And, being by Philippa Gregory, I m sure it will be well done and I ll enjoy it The other things, if anyone is interested, are clones, bog bodies, spontaneous human combustion, time travel, space travel, robots, cults, and cryo sleep.

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    Set against the English Civil War, between Parliamentarians and Royalists over the governance The Isle of Wight, 1648 The king is imprisoned and rebellious parliament is in power.Sussex, 1648 Alinor, living on the tidelands of the Saxon shore, is 27 and already very weary Now, a widow of the missing fisherman and abusive husband Her path crosses with a priest in hiding James believes in the old religion and in restoring king to its rightful place Alinor helps him to pass the treacherous marsh.The vivid portrayal of tidelands makes the beginning of the story very engrossing Only the people of the SeaIsea Island know how to tread its waters and tides to avoid getting a foot caught by a quick mud and body snatched by waters.As the story progresses, there is a suspension of wanting to know where the story goes and what happens between Alinor and James, but the progression of the story is very slow After a while it catches with you that the story is going hardly anywhere and the front action is Alinor s feelings for James and vice versa There are some small twists, but it is not enough to make it an engaging read.From the beginning, Alinor s daughter notices a difference in Alinor, her look after meeting James or her looking like she is listening for something Jame s footsteps The daughter inherits the vision from mother, and I understand her abilities, but maybe the presentation of it didn t make it believable.Also, some accusations of Alinor having her kids with a faerie lord I understand some old time believes, but this was another thing that was questionable in this story.I enjoyed the part with Alinor s son, who advances from doing menial outdoor work to a meaningful indoor position, thanks to James He is also good with recognizing herbs and knowing their use, which he inherits after his mom Alinor, midwife and herbalist, comes from a long line of wise women And that shows a promising future for him But his quick advance makes some people suspicious and scheming Nevertheless, for such long story, the plot could be better developed, with conceivable effects and less mystery of unearthly things I ve been a huge fan of Philippa Gregory, but at some point I broke away from her books as her concentration is in English court and I wanted to expend my horizons I was glad to see something different written by her, but this is not her best book FB BestHistoricalFiction

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    This novel is set in the tidelands of Sussex in 1648 and 1649, the years during which any hope of Charles I s return to power were smashed for good But here we focus on his poorer subjects, those he led to war and those who fought against him, and you can feel the tidelands around you This is historical scene and place setting at their most vivid It s utterly compelling and bewitching I did find that the conclusion was rather rushed and conventional but the way in which we reach it is exemplary Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

  6. says:

    An engaging historical novel set during the Civil War, in a divided England, as Alinor, a young woman whose husband has left her with their two children, meets a cavalier royalist priest on the tideland of the south coast Alinor is suspected of being a witch by some of her neighbours, due to her expertise at herbal remedies and as a midwife, and the fact that she s very attractive and her abusive husband has disappeared When she helps Father James she knows she s playing with fire as most of her small community, including her brother Ned, are staunch parliamentarians I enjoyed this novel, the characters were well developed and the love story was interesting, particularly as the setting chimes with today Looking forward to the next instalment

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    The Fairmile 1 In a life that had so many troubles and so few joys, she had learnt how to survive Alinor Reekie lived in dangerous times The rebel Rump of Parliament had seized the king and held him on house arrest The nation was divided, but on the small fishing island of Sealsea, people go about their own lives, quite unaware of the happenings in London That is until the loyalist James Summer comes in the dead of night and meets Alinor Reekie in the churchyard, hoping to meet her drunken husband s spirit on Midsummer Eve to prove that her husband has drowned at sea and that she was free to call herself a widow Burdened by two children, Alinor lives her life trying to make a better place for herself and her two children Although poor she was not without hope, as her skill as a wise woman gave her a small income and the sale of herbs and oils also helped manage her rent and tithes to Landlord and Church But the trade of a wise woman was open to superstition and whispers about witchcraftTidelands is a the first book in what the author, Philippa Gregory, hopes to be a saga of common folk In Alinor we meet a vulnerable woman, whose life is strictly ordered by both men and society and yet she is determined to be independent and live life by her own standards and on her own terms Something that is very difficult if you are a woman alone, and worse if you are poor The book is never going to be a light read, after all even King Charles 1, is about to be brought down by his enemies In a land where treachery is around every corner and every friend could easily become a traitor, life goes on at Foulmire The tides flow in and out as the mill wheel turns, babies are born and life s struggles are real James and Alinor are forced to choose between love and life I loved this book with its solid research and authentic storyline, while fiction, resonates with the times Just as the monarchy would never have absolute rule again, James and Alinor have to make choices about how they will live their lives and it is the woman who will have to make the sacrifices I can t wait to read abut this interesting woman and how the family fares over time.Thanks to Simon and Schuster, Australia who gave me an advanced copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.I gave the book 5 Stars

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    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do Midsummer s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands the marshy landscape of the south coast.Alinor, a descendant of wise women, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.It is dangerous for a woman to be different.Philippa Gregory is THE MASTER MISTRESS OF HISTORICAL FICTION I have inhaled every book she has written and it was a delight to read about the time of the reign of Charles I w Charles II on tap Her expert research and ability to tell a tale draws you in from page one to last and makes you want a sequel to read NOW Her characters are fascinating and I loved the combination of spookiness and suspicious people if you are looking for a book to spend the end of August with on the porch with a glass of sweet tea this is it Unless, of course, you want a fine Britsh Ale instead BTW, If you have not read any of Miss Gregory s books yet, this is a great starter as you will then read all of her series of historical novels as they are all awesome Still not sure watch The White Queen as Rebecca Ferguson is amazing in it you will be hooked on the mini series from show one As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I love emojis outside of their incessant use by Social Influencer Millennials on Instagram and Twitter so let s give it

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    I was a huge fan of Philippa Gregory s historical novels, which burst with intrigue, bold characters, and historical mayhem I was less a fan of the romance series, like the Wideacre books and Meridon Tidelands fits into the latter series, and is planned as a series.For Philippa Gregrory, Tidelands is a 3.5 read I was feeling that it was going to turn into a women and potions tale with some poor herbalist harried for her ability to heal It does turn into that but with a little polish and action Alinor is a very poor but beautiful woman who lives in the shifting tidelands of the Saxon shore, eking out a living as a midwife and herbalist Her husband left on a fishing trip and never returned, so now Alinor, her daughter Alys and son Rob, struggle not to starve and live in limbo, hoping their nasty paterfamilias with wash up on the shore so Alinor can be an actual widow and hoping equally that he ll just never be seen again It s during the English Civil War, and Alinor offers shelter to a mysterious man lost on the shore He s a priest on a mission to help King Charles I escape to France Once he s connected to the lord of Alinor s area, her life changes Her son get s a job at the manor, the Lord offers to pay his apprentice fees, and she has fallen in love with James, the priest, and he with her.Gregory is masterful at revealing the conflict between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, the old religion and the new The there s no glass to total misery of the majority of the population Alinor s daughter Alys works dawn to dusk in the fields and her younger son earns a pittance scaring crows The denouement is over the top, much like her other romance series But is it satisfying You bet And will I read the next installment in Alinor s saga No question Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader

  10. says:

    That moment when you realize there s no way to wrap up the story in a satisfying way with the amount of pages that are left This book is about a woman named Alinor who lives in England in 1648 Her husband has been lost to the sea She has two children to raise on her own She lives in a hovel by the sea shore, a place called the Tidelands swamp than beach She s a midwife and has knowledge of herbs and anatomy You guys, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.Between the historically relevant events she accidentally gets wrapped up in, the choices she makes about her personal life and the stress of her daily living, I spent most of this book on pins and needles, sure I knew the inevitable outcome Literally stressed to the point where I had to take several breaks from the action and read something different The absolute only gripe I have with the book is that IT S PART OF A SERIES and I had no idea until I got close enough to the end to realize it had to be ARGH.Gregory writes about huge sweeping historical events and the daily life of the common man like nobody else So, give her a try if you re a historical fiction fan but know you ll need to wait for the next book in The Fairmile series to really have a satisfying ending An advanced reader copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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