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~FREE PDF ♃ Secrets of the Sea House ♅ Based on a real letter to the Times by a Victorian schoolmaster reporting a mermaid sighting, Secrets of the Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love hope and redemption and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tellScotland,Reverend Alexander Ferguson, na ve 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 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 But can the answers to Ruth s questions lie in her own past The Sea House is a dual time narrative set on an island in the Hebrides Ruth and Michael purchase the Sea House with plans to create an idyllic B B The discovery of a small coffin underneath the floorboards unsettles Ruth who feels driven to learn the baby s identity and why it was buried in secrecy Her search is loosely tied to the story of Alexander Ferguson, a vicar who lived in the Sea House in the 1800s Ferguson was conducting his own search to uncover the truth behind local legend of t The Sea House is a dual time narrative set on an island in the Hebrides Ruth and Michael purchase the Sea House with plans to create an idyllic BB The discovery of a small coffin underneath the floorboards unsettles Ruth who feels driven to learn the baby s identity and why it was buried in secrecy Her search is loosely tied to the story of Alexander Ferguson, a vicar who lived in the Sea House in the 1800s Ferguson was conducting his own search to uncover the truth behind local legend of the selkies, and his life on the island is intertwined with the people of his parish I loved the setting for this novel, and spent some time googling Scarista to see if it was a real place Indeed it is, and the images are dramatic and very beautiful Gifford is a good writer, and I enjoyed her prose, but I thought the two storylines were predictable and lacked a solid connection As is often the case with dual narratives, I found myselfinterested in the storyline that took place in the past the contemporary characters and story felt flat, and I think this would have been a better book without them A lovely story and a really solid debut novel I love a book with duality timelines, and even after reading only a few chapters I knew I was going to savor this book until the very end The story is based in a remote rundown house in the Hebridean island of Harris, Ruth and her partner decide to renovate the house and in doing so unearth the skeleton of a a baby with fused legs a baby mermaid To find out what tragedy befell the baby she proceeds to uncover the history of the house and its pr A lovely story and a really solid debut novel I love a book with duality timelines, and even after reading only a few chapters I knew I was going to savor this book until the very end The story is based in a remote rundown house in the Hebridean island of Harris, Ruth and her partner decide to renovate the house and in doing so unearth the skeleton of a a baby with fused legs a baby mermaid To find out what tragedy befell the baby she proceeds to uncover the history of the house and its previous occupant, a Victorian reverend who was determined to discover and prove the existence of mermaids The author cleverly weaves the well know legend of the Selkie seal people into the story, and the history of the fable added a real richness to the book The setting of the book was brilliant, the harsh beauty of the Hebrides was the perfect backdrop to delve into the haunting Victorian legend and tragedy There was a really good balance of both timelines, and I never thought that either one went on to long before flipping back to the other I did enjoy the Reverends parts slightlythough, just because his fervor to prove that Selkies were real was so intense, and the Victorian age of discovery is always interesting to delve into Overall a really entertaining book I can easily see Elisabeth Gifford fast becoming as popular as similar authors such as Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Lucinda Riley A haunting mystery about a young couple, Ruth and Michael, who in the present day are renovating a house on the Hebridean Islands of Scotland It is challenging and they face many challenges with the house and in their personal lives.The body of a baby with fused legs is found buried in the floor of the house Which takes Ruth on a journey of discovery to find out what happened This links to the story of Rev Alexander Ferguson and Moira his maid in 1860 He is fascinated with the Selkie legends A haunting mystery about a young couple, Ruth and Michael, who in the present day are renovating a house on the Hebridean Islands of Scotland It is challenging and they face many challenges with the house and in their personal lives.The body of a baby with fused legs is found buried in the floor of the house Which takes Ruth on a journey of discovery to find out what happened This links to the story of Rev Alexander Ferguson and Moira his maid in 1860 He is fascinated with the Selkie legends and looking for evidence in relation to it The author tells both tales seemlessly with a lovely writing style that makes it a pleasure to read With mystery, magic, family, friends, community, secrets and traumatic events keeping the reader enthralled it s a must read I expected to really love this one, but instead after finishing I just felt a faint sort of meh It deals with well, a lot, but somehow you never feel at all connected to the characters, and the whole story somehow takes all the magic out of everything too I found myself putting it down for weeks at a time and only reading a chapter or so before abandoning it again Not badly written, just really not for me. This was quite an intriguing read, especially as I love myths and mystery However, I didn t find myself really connecting with any of the characters, so failed to truly fall in love with this story. You know when sometimes you read a book and the main subject really gets your attention but everything around it is just plain boring Wellthis is one of those books.I have to admit that this book was well written The sentences were fluent and some were quite beautiful I don t know, must be that this book had a special atmosphere, a calm and mysterious one You must be thinking why I gave The Sea House only two stars, right Well the thing isI can t help but be honest in my reviews and ra You know when sometimes you read a book and the main subject really gets your attention but everything around it is just plain boring Wellthis is one of those books.I have to admit that this book was well written The sentences were fluent and some were quite beautiful I don t know, must be that this book had a special atmosphere, a calm and mysterious one You must be thinking why I gave The Sea House only two stars, right Well the thing isI can t help but be honest in my reviews and ratings Yes, even if the writing style was good, I just couldn t care about the characters They seemed to me dull and very common, especially Ruth and Michael I would have probably given this book three stars if I appreciatedthe characters Also, I felt like a lot of situations were described in detail when not necessarly needed It s unfortunately a DNF for me, but maybe I ll pick it up another day and struggle to finish it, so I can know how it ends Yes, I m a curious person.I won this book through Goodreads First Reads An intriguing mystery, alternating between the remote Scottish islands in the 1860s and present day I liked Moira very much, her voice was very authentic Liked Alexander Ferguson and his quest, his earnestness, his faith and his desire to do the right thing Enjoyed it. I saw this book onand I am so glad I bought it after I kept delaying reading it and assuming it would be ok, but nothing special I was wrong It was fantastic and although it s only just turned April, it will probably be one of the best books I read this year.I loved the writing atmospheric and so descriptive I really felt like i was on the islands and could smell the salty tang in the sea air The dual timeline sometimes I find this distracting because you can lose your flow, not I saw this book onand I am so glad I bought it after I kept delaying reading it and assuming it would be ok, but nothing special I was wrong It was fantastic and although it s only just turned April, it will probably be one of the best books I read this year.I loved the writing atmospheric and so descriptive I really felt like i was on the islands and could smell the salty tang in the sea air The dual timeline sometimes I find this distracting because you can lose your flow, not in this case , selkie mermaid myths, romance and mystery all made the book hard to put down There were some sad parts, particularly in the parts of the book set in the 1800 s, however events such as these happened then, so it adds to the reality of life back in that time The book didn t become boring with the mystery and surprises popping up throughout and I ll definitely recommend this book Contemporary and Historical Stories Unequal In Interest and QualityThere s a lot to like in this novel, the author does an especially nice job of showing the beauty of the landscape The story takes place on South Harris Island, which is one of the Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland I m not a traveler but Elizabeth Gifford s descriptions made me want to see the islands myself While reading I frequently searched the internet for images of the areas that she was describing, the phot Contemporary and Historical Stories Unequal In Interest and QualityThere s a lot to like in this novel, the author does an especially nice job of showing the beauty of the landscape The story takes place on South Harris Island, which is one of the Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland I m not a traveler but Elizabeth Gifford s descriptions made me want to see the islands myself While reading I frequently searched the internet for images of the areas that she was describing, the photos were always gorgeous.There are two parts to this novel, one happening in the 1990s and the other in the 1860s and 70s The setting for both stories is the same, the Sea House at Scarista, South Harris Island The discovery of an infant s skeleton under the floorboards in the Sea House in 1992 is the impetus that take us back a century in time to when the vicar Alexander Ferguson lived in the house with his housekeeper Moira Ferguson is fascinated by the stories of the Selkies and family lore says he is descended from them Ruth and her husband Michael own the house when the infant s remains are discovered Ruth lost her mother at an early age but remembers her mother telling her the stories of the Selkies.I loved the storyline that revolved around the Selkies, Mermaids and Finnmen and found that to be the best written and most thought out thread in the novel I enjoyed the characters the author created for the historical portion of her novel, the relationships were interesting and surprises that were revealed were well done I found this part of the novel compelling, engaging and in the end satisfying.However there were many times when I thought the novel would have worked better without the contemporary storyline The contemporary characters were not as well developed, the story was not as compelling and the pacing was often lagging There were subtle references to spirits that could have been executedskillfully in this setting and there was an overall lack of consistency in the story If nothing else I think the novel would have been improved by paring down of the contemporary story to the bare essentials only.I m glad I read this novel if only for the Selkie storyline But I was disappointed in the work as a whole and wished the author had polished both the past and the present storylines equally.Thank you to the publisher, St Martin Press and theVine program for making the ARC available to me in exchange for an honest review