Tidelands (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Tidelands (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Philippa Gregory

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This Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition includes a personal essay by Philippa Gregory about the inspiration for the new direction in her historical fiction and her surprising personal connection to the novel’s unique setting.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and “one of the great storytellers of our time” (San Francisco Book Review) turns from the glamour of the royal courts to tell the story of an ordinary woman, Alinor, who cannot bear to conform to the life that lies before her.

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of a civil war between renegade king and rebellious parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even the remote tidelands —the marshy landscape of the south coast.

Alinor, a descendant of wisewomen, trapped in poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead, she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life.

Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor’s ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbors. This is the time of witch mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.

It is dangerous for a woman to be different.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982136031
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Fairmile Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 4,822
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author


Yorkshire, England

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa


B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984

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Tidelands 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I could not put it down . Looking forward to the series.
JessiKay22 8 months ago
Philippa Gregory is the QUEEN of historical fiction, hands down. I truly loved the change of direction she took with this one--from writing about royalty to writing about ordinary folk. She just has a way of bringing a historical time and place to life. I absolutely fell in love with Alinor and her story. I was absorbed by this book from the get go, and after that ending, I am clamoring for the next installment already. As always, you can tell that impeccable research was done by Gregory. I did not previously know much about this time period, so I did what I usually do, which was to do a bit of Wikipedia research, before reading this. And the thing I love about Gregory is that she brings that history to life by showing you to the people of the time--their daily habits, their worries, their joys, their living conditions, their socioeconomic classes, their relationships, etc. She really shows what it was like to have lived back then. The novel itself ebbs and flows--there were times I couldn't flip the pages fast enough and there were others where the story slowed down. To me, even that reflected what life would have been like. Plus, I got the feeling that Gregory was taking the time to truly establish the setting, as this is the first installment of a series. And with Alinor--I so appreciated that she was a strong, independent woman who knew and stood behind what her beliefs and values were. However, this did not make her invincible. She very much had her own thoughts about things, but she realistically her own position would have been at the time. As far as the other characters go, I can't wait to see how their stories will play out--they've become so dear to me. Obviously, I grew pretty attached to Alinor, but her children, Rob and Alys also became favorites of mine--Rob, because I love watching his character grow from a child into a young man and Alys, because she took after her mother but with an added dash of ferocity. Some characters were a little more one-dimensional, like Ned or Mrs. Miller, but I also enjoyed (and am looking forward to) seeing the change in England's politics played out in Ned's character. And let's be honest, it was just plain easy to dislike Mrs. Miller, and I can't wait to see what (hopefully) despicable things happen to her. James was a character who was a little less black and white for me. I loved James and Alinor's romance--I swooned! But when his true colors showed him to be a man of his times, I couldn't help but feel betrayed and disappointed (in him, certainly not Gregory). And can we talk about that ending?! The lingering sense of foreboding I had for Alinor finally came to fruition, and everything went from 0-60, and now I'm here dying for the next book. My husband thinks I'm crazy because my reactions to the ending went something like this: "What? What?! Alys, wtf! No! Now you, too?! Oh, you jerk! I liked you! Noooo! Omg. Omg. ALYS! YES! Fistpump!" And now I'm here wondering what I'm even going to do while I wait for book #2.
swimmom9296 7 months ago
Always loved Gregory's books on the royals but this one fell flat for me. I really wanted to care for her protagonists, Alinor and James, but their characters just weren't as fleshed out for me as some of her characters have been in other books. I think she described the pathway between the priory and cabin better than she did the people walking it! I just never pictured either of them in my mind, espeically James. I also didn't care for the way it ended.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Fascinating reading as Philippe is always the best author of England's history.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Women's history. And not about the wealthy. I look forward to reading the upcoming books about this anonymous family.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Early on I was drawn to Alinor and her struggles, soon being squarely in her corner. Although based in the 17th century her issues - children, job, religion, inequality, love, are issues all women face.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I found this book hard to read through. As a fan of this authors books I had great hopes for this one. It started very slow and the end was heart breaking.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Loved every minute of it! I read it in two days!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Philippa Gregory is known for historical detail that is woven into page-turning stories, and Tidelands is no different. She captures the uncertainty and dangers of life during the English Civil War, a time when royalty was brought low and neighbor turned against neighbor as a country was divided by political and religious differences. In between the intrigues, though, dwells Alinor, a common midwife and wise woman who dreams of a better life for her children-and for herself. Gregory moves the story from the exiled loyalists in France to the coastal lands of Sussex, and Alinor is caught between the tides of love and loyalty.
Anonymous 6 months ago
The strength of the human spirit as one works through great hardships has always been of great nterest to me. This story demonstrates the amazing strength of a woman living in and understanding a strange land, providing for herself and her family through love, and staying true to her belief as to who she is. My mother was one of those women, and I find that I am, as well.
JuliW 6 months ago
It is 1648 and England is at war from within. The king has fled and Parliament has taken over. In the midst of civil war, the Tidelands at Sealsea Island are not just a mix of land and water, but also a mix of those loyal to the king and those supporting parliament. It's a turbulent time. Alinor goes to the church one night to look for the ghost of her husband, who disappeared at sea the year before. Instead, she meets a priest who is hiding and helps him, not realizing this act of kindness will bring about changes to the rest of her life. In a turbulent time, people begin whispering about traitors, witches and spies. Alinor has to survive the turbulent times, her own precarious position as neither a widow or a wife, and protect her children. It isn't an easy existence by any means. This story starts out slowly as Philippa Gregory sets the scene and describes what living during those years were like. The details are so interesting and vibrant! Then the action kicked in and I was totally sucked into the story. The ending felt a bit abrupt but definitely has me eagerly awaiting the next book! I found portions of this book hard to read. Not because of the author's writing, but because I felt so sorry for the main character. She lives in a time where women rely completely upon men for their support and place in society. A woman alone is suspect, and often a victim of all sorts of whispering and condemnation. Alinor trying to survive alone after the disappearance of her husband becomes a target.....and there is nothing she can do. How many women were arrested, tried, victimized, even executed for being alone, acting as a healer, being intelligent and outspoken?? It makes that entire period a difficult one for me to read about. Awesome book.....very difficult period in history. What a turbulent time! Great start to a new series! **I read a review copy of this book from Atria Books via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**
DeborahMO 7 months ago
I really wanted to love this book but it was only fair. There is a reason this area and time period are not written about...it's too depressing. Towards the end of the book I really became nvested and interested and then the ending that cpmpletely let me down. I don't mind a "cliffhanger" ending in other books but the last few pages made it seem it would make it worthwhile. Don't know if it's worth it to wait a year for the next continuation.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I loved this book! I felt like I was part of Alinor's life. The detail is so beautifully rendered that I could imagine everything. It's a movie in my mind. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction, particularly those with an interest in Cromwell's reign. The setting is bleak but somehow beautiful. Knowing that Alinor is a midwife heightens the suspense....no spoilers, but this line sums it up: "'It’s a crime to be poor in this county; it’s a sin to be old. It’s never good to be a woman.’" And it's deadly to be a smart woman. I admired Alinor's courage and resolve, her integrity and wisdom, and, most of all, her indomitable spirit and faith. I cannot wait for the next chapter of her life. A hearty thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for the advanced copy.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I have been reading Gregory's work for many years. Her Tudor work is unsurpassed. I did not enjoy Windmere and this latest Tidelands even less. It is Glacier slow, predictable, truly awful. There is nothing new here concerning frustrated love and witchcraft that hasn't been written a million times.
Jypsylynn 7 months ago
Tidelands is another excellent read by Phillipa Gregory. This story is a departure from the normal stuff. I liked the unique premise and found it refreshing. It's a great solid read just like I expected. Fans will not be disappointed. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Susanlibgirl 8 months ago
Philippa Gregory is an amazing historical fiction author. I always look forward to her books on British royalty, so I was intrigued to read one about common folk of the same historical period. This book did not disappoint. It is a slice of women's life in a period when most women did not have a voice. It is the sort of book that makes you want to make a cup of tea, cozy up on the couch in comfy clothes and spend a good part of the day reading. If you are a lover of historical fiction Phillippa Gregory's novels will keep you well satisfied! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me this read!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Tidelands by Philippa Gregory takes place in 1648 in England, in the midst of the English Civil War. The books opens on Alinor, a midwife & mother of two, waiting in a graveyard for a ghost to free her from her abusive husband (who is currently “missing”) but instead she is greeted by James, a stranger with dangerous secrets. To thank Alinor for her help in navigating him through the dangerous tidelands, James helps secure her son a job with the local Lord. Alinor’s sudden change in fortune along with her experience working with herbs brings about town gossip, all pointing towards Alinor being a witch. . The book started off fairly slow. This could be partly because I have no knowledge of the English Civil War Era, but Tidelands started to pick up as soon as the twists and turns began happening. Alinor is such a powerful woman who would do anything for her family and I absolutely love how strongly she sticks to her morals despite what that might mean for her. The last portion of the book really took off and I wish that there was more of the witch accusations/trial plot earlier in the text because I found it the most gripping. If you like historical fiction or want a witch trial book that’s not set in Salem, check out Tidelands by Philippa Gregory which is being released this Tuesday August 20!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Been years since I read a book that I had no idea how it would turn out. It is set in a place and time rarely written about, and its characters are real and engaging.