Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Sea Horse by Elisabeth Gifford

The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford

Scotland, 1860.
Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.
Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea Houseis an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.
My opinion: I enjoyed how there was more going on in this book,I really enjoy it when books switch from the past to modern day. This book had engaging and interesting characters, some I liked and some I really didn't. Overall it was a pretty good read, a bit darker at times then I generally like, but it handled some heavier things quite well and made you think.
I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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