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Named a Best Book of the Month by CNN and MSNBC

Named a Most Exciting New Book of Fall by PopSugar 

Number one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory’s new historical novel tracks the rise of the Tidelands family in London, Venice, and New England.

Midsummer Eve, 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted 21 years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favor of the newly restored King Charles II, and he believes that the warehouse's poor owner, Alinor, has the one thing his money cannot buy - his son and heir. The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. She claims Alinor as her mother-in-law and has come to tell Alinor that her son, Rob, has drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon. Alinor writes to her brother, Ned, newly arrived in faraway New England and trying to make a life between the worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move toward inevitable war. Alinor tells him that she knows - without doubt - that her son is alive and the widow is an impostor. 

Set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America, this is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child, and for home.

©2020 Levon Publishing, Ltd. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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even better than tidelands!!!

I cant believe I'm saying this but this novel is even better than tidelands . and although I was originally thrown off by the different performer by the first quarter would have it no other way. well done on all counts

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  • Zoe
  • 2020-11-30

Execeklent story, but...

The ending felt unfinished. I hope that there is another sequel to this story. The story must continue.

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  • Mary Smiroldo
  • 2020-12-08

Good Story

I believe I have read every book Philippa Gregory has written, so I consider myself very knowledgeable about her writing, although, certainly not an expert. If you love her stories, you will no doubt enjoy Dark Tides, as I did. That said, I must say I was very generous in giving this one four stars. It was entertaining, and held my interest, but it cannot be compared to Gregory’s earlier work. Since she no longer continues in the vein of her Henry VIII novels, captivating readers in court dramas and intrigue, I haven’t found her talents quite as awe inspiring. The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance, etc., transported me to a different world. At times, it was difficult to come back to reality after spending time in the court of the Tutors. More recently, I find her stories are good, just not worthy of five star ratings. As for the narration, I have never listened to Louise Brealey before, and will say she did nice job with this novel, though no one could ever replace Bianca Amato as Gregory’s go-to narrator. Overall, I am glad I chose this book, but look forward to more Philippa Gregory novels that can take me back to that fantasyland that is the Tudor court.

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  • Carol Forfa
  • 2020-12-07

Deception and Intrigue

Absolutely loved this book. Set in 1670, two stories-- one in London, one in Hadley New England--one tells the story of a duplicitous villainess and the other a man torn by his values. The characters are well developed but it's the plot of deception and intrigue set against family tragedies that drives the story. The Hadley story is interesting and thought provoking but separate from the main intrigue that fills the London story. The ending has an unexpected twist that is unsettling although in its own way satisfying. Another masterful tale by Phillipa Gregory.

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  • ILOVETOTEACH
  • 2020-11-30

Not Phillips Gregory’s Best

The characters are not well developed and the relationships are not clear. I did not understand the purpose of the second plot line of the brother in the colonies. Overall it’s a good book for a long drive or airplane flight; no serious concentration necessary!

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  • Dynamint
  • 2021-01-16

Philippe Gregory has outdone herself!

Phenomenally written and beautifully narrated! At times I forgot one narrator was creating all of the characters’ voices.

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  • Sstjames
  • 2021-01-10

Great Follow Up

I was a bit disappointed with the time gap at first. But I got over that pretty quickly. The story is riveting and I honestly can’t wait for the 3rd.

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  • Acoffman
  • 2021-01-07

Transparent

I’m struggling to finish. I enjoyed the first book and wanted to hear what happened next. Honestly, I was disappointed from the beginning of this book. I didn’t like where it starts. Then the main character is more and more transparent. The people around her must be complete idiots to not see.

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  • Christine Duxbury
  • 2020-12-30

Awful story

As a sequel to the Tides Lands, this story is awful. It was tedious to get through and I could not wait for it to be done. The narrator was fabulous.

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  • dovermoyer
  • 2020-12-28

fabulous! read Tidelands first.

wonderful story. perfect narration. read or listen to Tidelands first. great historical fiction, accurate portrayal of the time period. highly recommend!

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  • Tami L. Mendonca
  • 2020-12-25

So shallow and madening

I thought this book was ridiculous. Most of it was unbelievable, too slow, too many unimportant details, like the author was writing a boring history book that were really unrelated to the story. Stupid and shallow characters. It seemed like all the characters were lairs and gullible and stupid. I hated each and every character, except Ned, but due to its irrelevance to the story, I skipped those chapters. I kind of liked Sara, but she was put in an unbelievable role and the romance with the thief was hard to believe. Very repetitious. How many times do you have to repeat the same thing over and over and not add anything of substance to the story? The repetition just drew out the torture. I simply HATED Livia and listening to her character was like listening to finger nails scraping on a chalkboard. I felt like the author doesn't care about what her readers think or how this story may upset them. I felt so much anger during this book, but had to listen to the end to see if anyone wised up. Elinor was simply a vacant character, like she was a ghost living in the house. Oh, and I skipped through Ned's chapters in New England. Those chapters distracted from the rotten story (perhaps that was a good thing) and like having to listen to commercials before getting back to the actual show. Not sure I will listen to the next book if it is another exercise in frustration and anger.