Tidelands – Phillipa Gregory

A series from the Sunday Times number one best selling author.

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.

1 review for Tidelands - Phillipa Gregory

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    Review from Book Club Meeting:
    Most members agreed this was the best book so far. We loved the strong female characters, the well-researched, detailed writing and finding out more about this period in history. We agreed that Gregory’s writing immersed us in the story and enabled us to feel as if we were alongside the characters. We reflected on how difficult it must have been to be a woman and live in poverty in the seventeeth century and we discussed the parallels in societies and countries around the world today.
    For those of us who had read some of Philippa Gregory’s previous books we agreed that this one is a far better read. A couple of members have already read the other two books in the series and more of us intend to. We gave this book 4.5 out of 5.

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