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.
"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.
- Mrs. Lee Cousins