Dark Tides
by Gregory, Philippa






"#1 New York Times bestselling 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 twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favour 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 Venicelagoon. 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 imposter. 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"-





PHILIPPA GREGORY is one of the world&;s foremost historical novelists. She wrote her first ever novel, Wideacre, when she was completing her PhD in eighteenth-century literature and it sold worldwide, heralding a new era for historical fiction. 
 
Her flair for blending history and imagination developed into a signature style and Philippa went on to write many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. 
 
Now a recognised authority on women&;s history, Philippa graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent and was made Alumna of the Year in 2009. She holds honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and an honorary research fellow at Birkbeck University of London. 
 
Philippa is a member of the Society of Authors and in 2016 was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Historical Fiction Award by the Historical Writers&; Association. In 2018, she was awarded an Honorary Platinum Award by Neilsen for achieving significant lifetime sales across her entire book output.
 
She welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com.





Gregory continues her Fairmile saga, following the atmospheric Tidelands (2019), by casting a broad arc spanning the Old and New Worlds and adding a mysterious, disruptive new character. In 1670, Alinor Reekie and her daughter, Alys, reside in London, where Alinor practices herbalism and Alys runs a small wharf warehouse. Then Sir James Avery, Alinor's faithless former lover, returns hoping to marry her, and Livia, her son Rob's Italian wife, shows up with her baby, claiming that Rob drowned in Venice. Expressing disappointment in her in-laws' low social status, Livia settles into their home and insinuates herself into the family business, and Alinor doesn't trust her. In distant New England, Alinor's brother, Ned, seeks peace as tension stirs between colonists and the Indians. His tale, while evocatively illustrating English-Native relations and the English Civil War's far-reaching aftereffects, feels disconnected from the juicier story of uncovering exactly what Livia's endgame is. Resolute and proud of her working-class heritage, Alinor remains enigmatically compelling. Answers arrive via an unexpected avenue as the plot heats up, with dramatic twists aplenty. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





In the second of Gregory‚??s Fairmile series-after Tidelands (2019)-Venetian intrigue meets English gullibility. When we last saw Alinor Reekie, she had been cast out of her Sussex tidelands home after being "swum" as a witch. Twenty-one years after their escape to London, Alinor and her older daughter, Alys, run a small import-export warehouse while 21-year-old twins Sarah and Johnnie are learning a trade. Now, in 1670, Sir James, Alinor‚??s former lover, who failed to defend her against the witch-hunters, has come into his noble estate and arrives, far too belatedly, to offer to marry Alinor. He's also hoping to claim the child she was carrying at the time of her exile as his heir, but Alinor rejects him, telling him cryptically that he has no child. There is no clear protagonist here. White-haired Alinor, "not yet fifty," whose health never recovered from her near drowning, has been shunted into an advisory role. Into this modest but content household slinks Livia, a sultry Venetian, self-professed widow of Alinor‚??s son Rob, a physician in Venice who accidentally drowned. "La Nobildonna" (title courtesy of her first late husband) seeks shelter with her infant son, Matteo. Alinor is suspicious-her clairvoyance would have warned her of Rob‚??s death. Readers will not need second sight to distrust Livia, but it‚??s fun to watch her swindle-involving ancient statuary-take shape. Unsurprisingly, her long game is to ensnare the ever susceptible Sir James. In what could be a separate novel, Alinor‚??s brother Ned, a staunch "Leveler," has immigrated to New England. The detente between English settlers and Native tribes is beginning to fray, and Ned, in an exposition-heavy but very instructive parallel plot, is trying his best to advocate for the Natives. However, readers will be tempted to skip Ned‚??s sections to see whether Sarah, also gifted with second sight, can rescue the family. Someone has to! An uneven but still welcome addition to the Gregory cannon. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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