For Waiting on Wednesday, a feature over at Breaking the Spine, this week I had to pick Sara Gruen's new book (out March 31). I loved Water for Elephants, and this one looks amazing. Can't wait to read it!
In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a moving love story. Think Scottish Downton Abbey.
embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society
Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut
off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel who is already
embarrassed by his son’s inability to serve in WWII due to his being
colorblind. To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to
regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father
attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness
monster and when he finds it he will restore his father’s name and
return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their
friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland
in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster,
while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now
alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what
she wants. The novel tells of Maddie’s social awakening: to the harsh
realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with
forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and finally, to love.