Scotland, 1860. Reverend Alexander Ferguson takes up his new parish, an isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time there will change his life, but the Sea House, on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. More than a century later, Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building for the family they hope to have. But their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery.
©2013 Elisabeth Gifford (P)2014 W F Howes Ltd
"An arresting tale of the things that haunt us." (Liza Klaussmann, author of Tigers In Red Weathe)"A sweeping summer read, packed with an epic tale of loss, love and hope." (Irish News)"Secrets of the Sea House is an arresting tale of the things that haunt us. But the real pleasure in this debut novel is Elisabeth Gifford's finely wrought prose; at turns acute, delicate and fierce." (Liza Klaussman)
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"Slow start but really enjoyable in the end."
Not the most outstanding but still one of the best. I had to make myself listen at first then couldn't stop.
I really enjoyed the Scottish accents of some of the narrators. I liked the fact that it switched between periods in time. I thought it had a good ending.
Ruth - I though she was quite boring at first but as the story progressed it became clear that there was more to her.
Mainly just wanting to keep listening to find out what happened.
An enjoyable story.
"Secrets of the Sea House"
I would definitely recommend this book to my friends. It is an amazingly touching story and the characters grow on you. I was sorry to reach the end.
I think this story is a unique one and I wouldn't want to compare it to anything else. It is a mystery, a love story, a gothic tale, atomospheric in its setting of the northern islands and easy to just fall right into.
I loved all the characters as they were so beautifully presented by the narrators. Such beautiful accents!
I guess I will have to say that the feelings I experienced, I really can't give a name to.
No book is for everyone, but this one comes close.
"Interesting explanation for mermen/maids!"
I enjoyed this story and thought the use of different narrators worked well. The story developed in a way that made me want to find out more about Ruth and how her life interacted with the past, the links with the island and the previous inhabitants of the Manse. The story reached point where resolution was revealed but the conclusion was hurried. Perhaps this allows for the listener to assimilate their own conclusion but felt a little rushed. This does not stop me recommending this audio book as a good listen.
"History comes to life in this story"
Although i struggled slightly with the beginning of the story I was soon hooked, the author has written a very compelling and well researched book.
Some of the descriptive passages about the clearances brought tears to my eyes, and i think that Elizabeth Gifford captured the torment and destruction of lives in a very moving and compassionate way, and i would hope will bring understanding to those who may not already be aware of the suffering caused by landlords clearing the way for sheep, in the flash back portions of the story.
Yes I would. It's a lovely story set in the remote island Harris in Scotland.
I think I liked Moira most. A strong and fascinating woman.
So many I cant't pick one. The finding of the baby, the walk on the shore, the discoveries.
Oh, yes! I can't tell though because it would spoil the story...
"Twisting and turning"
Whilst this story has expected twists, the outcome continues to evade the reader. Enjoyable and yet easy to listen to, interesting without too much effort to listen.
The finding of the corpse(whose I am not saying!), the misleading way my mind sorted it out.....I was wrong!
We'll narrated, and change of narration, very slick causing no jarring to the performance
Historical mystery solved!
Unusually I could listen to this book again quite soon, and I am sure I would gain different insights, partially set in the time of the clearance of the Scottish Islands, it holds interest for people who are interested in fiction, mystery, historical..... In fact most people
prose, characterisation, plot
linking mystery between different periods in time
distinction between male and female characters
"A very different story line therefore interesting"
I would only recommend this book if the friend was receptive to this type of mystery
Alexander & Moira finding each other
I found it quite dreary & possibly depressing
"like reading a classic black & white film at times"
ancient faces modern
the mythological story of Ishmael and the selkie
the three narrators read their characters well
satisfied with the explanation and reasoning behind the mermaid / merman mythology.
good story immersed in folklore
Great trio of narrators added to an excellent mystery. Author keeps you guessing while successfully maintaining all of the stands. Solid thinking behind the scientific, emotional and spiritual themes.
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