The House Between Tides

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - RM

by Sarah Maine, Allen & Un­win.

A trip to the Outer He­brides could well be on your wish list after be­ing swept away on the tide of this story of love and in­trigue. When Hetty in­her­its a house on one of these re­mote, wild is­lands, she has vi­sions of trans­form­ing it into a ho­tel – but re­al­ity chal­lenges that no­tion. Muir­lan House is a crum­bling ruin, the shell of its for­mer glory. Co­in­cid­ing with her first visit to Muir­lan is the dis­cov­ery of a se­cret that has been hid­den for decades – hu­man re­mains un­der the floor­boards. De­but author Sarah Maine un­rav­els the mys­tery by al­ter­nat­ing Hetty’s story, set in 2010, with that of her 20th-cen­tury fore­bear Theo Blake, a trou­bled artist who recorded his love of the is­land and its birdlife in his paint­ings. She draws an en­tic­ing pic­ture, evok­ing ro­mance in both the ruggedly beau­ti­ful set­ting and the in­ter­ac­tions between char­ac­ters, along­side Hetty’s con­flict about what to do with her in­her­i­tance. When all is re­vealed, one ques­tion re­mains… how do you pro­nounce the name of the char­ac­ter Ruairidh?

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