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At the Water's Edge: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Sara Gruen

Narrated By: Justine Eyre

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: March 2015

Duration: 10 hours 14 minutes


- In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Waters Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young womans awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Years Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his sons inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonels favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed - by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster - Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.

The trio find themselves in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands, where the locals have nothing but contempt for the privileged interlopers. Maddie is left on her own at the isolated inn, where food is rationed, fuel is scarce, and a knock from the postman can bring tragic news. Yet she finds herself falling in love with the stark beauty and subtle magic of the Scottish countryside. Gradually she comes to know the villagers, and the friendships she forms with two young women open her up to a larger world than she knew existed. Maddie begins to see that nothing is as it first appears: the values she holds dear prove unsustainable, and monsters lurk where they are least expected.

As she embraces a fuller sense of who she might be, Maddie becomes aware not only of the dark forces around her, but of lifes beauty and surprising possibilities.

Praise for At the Waters Edge

"Breathtaking . . . a daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII." - Harpers Bazaar

"A gripping, compelling story . . . Gruens characters are vividly drawn and her scenes are perfectly paced." - The Boston Globe

"A page-turner of a novel that rollicks along with crisp historical detail." - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Powerfully evocative." - USA Today

"Gruen is a master at the period piece - and [this] novel is just another stunning example of that craft." - Glamour

"A captivating tale." - Us Weekly

"Compulsively readable . . . a rich, beautiful novel . . . at once a gripping love story, a profound examination of the effects of war on ordinary women, and a compelling portrait of female friendship." - Kristin Hannah

"Utterly winning." - The Miami Herald

"A compelling, enthralling read, a novel which captivates and rewards, paying off in a series of emotional and narrative twists . . . comfort reading of the highest order." - The Globe and Mail

"A super steamy love story." - Good Housekeeping

"Unique in its setting and scope, this impeccably researched historical fiction is full of the gorgeous prose Ive come to expect from this author." - Jodi Picoult

"[Gruen] conveys the lure of the Scottish Highlands. . . . At the Waters Edge captivates with its drama, intrigue and glimpses of both the dark and light of humanity." - BookPageFrom the Hardcover edition.


  • Myra B

    Narration is great. Captivating story line though some parts felt a little funny and I didn't love the dip into the fantastic world in an otherwise realistic fiction. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed their struggle with the historical time.

  • Rhonda Mattingly

    The book was very good and the characters were well developed. Enjoying the book via audio was a bonus. It made a long drive feel much shorter.

  • Robin Greenfield

    This woman's voice was very annoying. It was difficult for me to even get into the story, because of how she voiced Angus and some of the other males. The story was good, but not the 5 stars that was Water for Elephants.

  • Shelley Milam

    Narrators voice is ANNOYING!!! To bad because the bookies great!

  • Shari Kaminsky

    Entrancing book, I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more books from this author.