Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The Sea House
Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.
Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.
My thoughts: This book intrigued me, with it's historical basis. I have to say, it was a bit different then I thought it would be, but it was still an interesting story. I thought that the author does a wonderful job handling some difficult situations. There is a lot going on in the story, and it is one that needed to be told. I thought that the story of Reverend Ferguson is an interesting and unique tale, one of fables and faith and how those two work together.
My only caution with this tale is that there is some language and sensitive situations. This book is geared towards an adult audience. That said, I did like the story and look forward to reading more of the author's books.
I received a copy of this book from litfusegroup.com in exchange for my honest review.