Last month I won my third Goodreads giveaway for Tidelands by Philippa Gregory.
“England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast.
Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by 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.”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
Someone at work recommended this book to me and I must have added it to my Want to Read list and then entered the giveaway whenever it popped up. It was such a surprise to receive the email notice about winning!
While the synopsis sounds intriguing, and historical fiction is definitely a genre I enjoy, the little that I’ve read so far has made me question if this is the right book for me. I’m not looking for anything heavy or emotionally taxing and it sounds like that’s exactly what this book would be. As of now, it’s in the “maybe” category until further notice.
Have you read Tidelands? What did you think?