Tidelands (The Fairmile #1) by Philippa Gregory

Tidelands (The Fairmile #1)

THE BRAND NEW SERIES FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOREngland 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . .Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands – the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, wai...

Details Tidelands (The Fairmile #1)

TitleTidelands (The Fairmile #1)
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherSimon & Schuster UK
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult, European Literature, British Literature

Reviews Tidelands (The Fairmile #1)

  • Angela M
    3.5 stars rounded up.It’s a hard life for Alinor and her children who live on Sealsea Island, off the south coast of England, the tidelands “neither sea nor shore”. She’s a healer who grows herbs for medicine, delivers babies and works at times for the more well off residents as does her thirteen year old daughter and son. Her husband is missing, yet in 1648, a woman is defined by her husband and she is “not a widow nor a wife”, so wh...
  • karen
    NOW AVAILABLE!!!philippa gregory is a name i can be counted on to invoke whenever i’m doing any RA spiel bullet-pointing the many different flavors of historical fiction, with her oeuvre representing the well-researched, female-fronted, literary romance-ish bracket. i read The Other Boleyn Girl ages ago, and i remember liking it, so when i saw that her new series would focus on 17th century england with a witchcraft angle, well here i came.i’...
  • JanB
    The time is 1648, not an easy time to be a woman, especially a woman without a husband. Alinor is left a single mother of two when her husband goes out to sea and never returns. She ekes out a living as a midwife and herbalist, in a time when those activities were viewed with suspicion and accusations of witchcraft were common.The country is in the midst of a civil war between the King and his supporters and Parliament. Alinor’s path crosses wi...
  • Linda
    The enemy from without and the enemy from within....Philippa Gregory has always left her thumbprint on novels of English castles and royalty. But this one has a particular flavor centering upon Sealsea Island near the tidelands in 1648. We're introduced to Alinor known also as Goody Reekie. Alinor has climbed to the top of the church tower at midnight gazing out to sea for her lost husband, Zachary. Zachary has been missing for almost a year. Nei...
  • Laura G (lauralovestoread)
    4.5 stars! I have started making my way through Philippa Gregory’s fabulous books, and I was so excited to read her newest series and novel, Tidelands.In this story, the reader is taken to 1648 England, in the midst of the Civil War between King and Parliament.I loved the research that went into this book, and I’m always amazed at Gregory’s storytelling talent to retell history. I’ve always been a fan of historical fiction, and can only i...
  • Marialyce
    One can always count on Philippa Gregory to write of women who are strong, determined, and courageous. With lots of evident research, she gives a human voice to these women, making them come alive as she imbues in them human frailties and an innate wisdom that came with living in the times that they did. From The Other Boleyn Woman to this current book, we meet women who are set in their determination and do all that is needed to succeed, to live...
  • Erin Clemence
    Special thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for a free, electronic version of this novel. It’s 1648 and England is in the midst of civil unrest, with the parliament threatening to overthrow and charge the ruling King. Alinor is a midwife and healer, living in a small shack in the tidelands, with her son and daughter. Alinor’s husband has disappeared, claiming she had “seduced” him with her magical powers, and their children did not be...
  • Laura
    4.5⭐Wheww, can I just say: As a woman, I’m so glad I was born in this age and not the 17th century! Because holy doo doo...we think being a woman is hard today?? It ain’t nothin (comparatively speaking)!! Anyway, other than this new appreciation I have for the time I live in, I also thoroughly enjoyed the history lesson I received from Tidelands. It’s set in what was an incredibly tumultuous time for England. The mid 1600s during the Engl...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp...England 1648 is a dangerous time for a woman especially if you have intelligence, beauty and determination.Allinor is a herbalist, a healer just like her mother before her. However her skill with herbs and her outstanding beauty cause mistrust and jealousy. She is gossiped about as being a witch. With her husband missing she is left to bring up two children alone.Tidelands is set during the last few months...
  • Susan Johnson
    I always look forward to a Philippa Gregory book and this was no exception. It was a slow read for me until the exciting finish but it is the first book of the series and I think Gregory spent a lot of time laying the groundwork. She envisions a long series like the The Forsythe Saga so she wanted a good foundation. Set in 1648 during the English Civil War, Alinor is a poor woman, and I do mean poor, who is raising her two children after her fish...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Tidelands by Philippa Gregory is my most anticipated new release for 2019 and I was excited to get my hands on it. Set in England 1648, this is a brand new series from one of my favourite historical fiction authors.In this new series, Philippa Gregory is going to be tracing generations of the same family through their lives beginning in 17th century England, and following them all the way to Europe and the United States. Spanning more than two ce...
  • Annette
    Set against the English Civil War, between Parliamentarians and Royalists over the governance. The Isle of Wight, 1648: The king is imprisoned and rebellious parliament is in power.Sussex, 1648: Alinor, living on the tidelands of the Saxon shore, is 27 and already very weary. Now, a widow of the missing fisherman and abusive husband. Her path crosses with a priest in hiding. James believes in the old religion and in restoring king to its rightful...
  • Patricia
    I give this book five stars because it is full of superlatives - not the normal ones, like "amazing" or "awesome" but harder, grittier truths that need to be told. As I read, I thought of two other books Tidelands brings to mind, Delia Owens book "Where the Crawdads Sing" and Margaret Atwoods book The Handmaiden. Women today are not equal. And at the same time, we are so much safer than we once were, have so many more rights than we once did, and...
  • eyes.2c
    Satisfying new series set in Cromwell's England.I am still recovering from the ending of this, the first in series Fairmile. Set in 1648 at the time of the English Civil War this dramatic tale reeks of authenticity, penned by the masterly hand of Phillipa Gregory.The cover is a satisfying reflection of what my mind conjures up as I imagine the novel's geographic description. Tidelands is set on Sealsea Island, off the Wessex Coast. With its shift...
  • Janet
    I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. 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 marsh...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    Tidelands introduces a new series, Fairmile, from bestselling historical author Philippa Gregory.“These are the tidelands: half tide, half land, good for nothing, all the way west to the New Forest, all the way east till the white cliffs.”Set in the mid 1600’s, as the Parlimentarians/Anglicists and Royalists/Papists wrestle for control of England, Tidelands centres on Sealsea Island, off the coast of Sussex. It’s here in a small fishing h...
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    Alinor and her children, Alys and Rob, live on Sealsea Island, which is on the southern coast of England. It's mostly marshlands and their lives are ruled by the tides. Alinor's husband has left months ago on a fishing expedition and never has come back. This is a problem as his livelihood is a main source of income for her family, but Alinor isn't too sad he is missing as he was abusive to her and an all around horrible guy. She has made her liv...
  • Darcey Tomasino
    I loved this book! I felt like I was part of Alinor's life. The detail is so beautifully done that I could imagine everything. It's a movie in my mind. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction. The setting is bleak but somehow beautiful. Knowing that Alinor is a midwife heightened the suspense....no spoilers.I admired Alinor's courage and resolve, her integrity and wisdom, and, most of all, her indomitable spirit and faith. I cannot wai...
  • Christina
    OUTSTANDING! Right up until the last pages. If that is the ending, then I am absolutely gutted. That could not have been the ending, could it? I was elated to be reading what I believed one of the best novels I have read all year, only to come to a dissatisfying end that left me wondering why I invested the time in reading such a tale. That’s probably why I am so disappointed. All I can hope, as this is a series, that Philippa Gregory will cont...
  • Keri
    I almost quit reading this one! It took me a bit past the first 100 pages to decide I would stick with it. I am glad I did! I will anxiouslt await the next in the series.
  • Jill Miclean
    I love Phillippa Gregory. Her Plantagenet & Tudor series are among my favorite books and her The Other Boleyn Girl got me started on my love of Historical Fiction. However, Tidelands falls short for me. It was plodding and tiresome in it's descriptions of the tidelands and it's people. There was nothing redeeming about anyone save for the main character, Alinor, and maybe that was the point - that she was as mired in the muck as her surroundings....
  • Kate
    This novel is set in the tidelands of Sussex in 1648 and 1649, the years during which any hope of Charles I's return to power were smashed for good. But here we focus on his poorer subjects, those he led to war and those who fought against him, and you can feel the tidelands around you. This is historical scene and place setting at their most vivid. It's utterly compelling and bewitching. I did find that the conclusion was rather rushed and conve...
  • Angel Hench
    That moment when you realize there's no way to wrap up the story in a satisfying way with the amount of pages that are left. 😭This book is about a woman named Alinor who lives in England in 1648. Her husband has been lost to the sea. She has two children to raise on her own. She lives in a hovel by the sea shore, a place called the Tidelands - more swamp than beach. She's a midwife and has knowledge of herbs and anatomy. You guys, YOU KNOW WHA...
  • Phil Schuler
    I loved how this story started. I was hooked. I could not put the book down. The imagery was fantastic, the history spot on. Then about the halfway mark the story died for me. My interest waned. Nothing was really happening and my expectations - built up from the first half of the book - were let down. It is not until the end that the "action" happens. I wish she spent more time on this part. It was good but I did not really feel the chaos that w...
  • Susan McGrath
    I received an electronic advance readers copy of Tidelands by Philippa Gregory from the publisher (Simon & Schuster) in exchange for an honest review. Tidelands is scheduled for release August 20, 2019.Tidelands is the first book in a new series (Fairmile). The story takes place in 1600s England, and follows Alinor, a woman who is barely managing to survive. Her husband has been gone for about a year (unknown if he is dead or alive), leaving Alin...
  • Jordan
    This was a really solid, enjoyable read, though nothing especially exceptional...until those last eighty pages or so hit and I couldn't put it down. Now I can't wait for the next book already!Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!Tidelands is probably one of the oddest Philippa Gregory books I've read. Not that the content itself is odd, but rather that it took me quite a while to fully immerse myself in the story and gauge whether it wo...
  • Marzie
    3.5 StarsThis is my third try to read Philippa Gregory and though I had a genuine interest in the period (Commonwealth/Cromwell era England) and the rigid gender expectations for women, I felt frustrated by the men in the story who felt too one dimensional.Goodwife (Goody) Alinor Reekie is a woman abandoned by her husband, struggling to raise her children in a era in which clever women are presumed to be witches. Alinor is a gifted midwife and pr...
  • Karon Buxton
    Philippa Gregory can do no wrong in my eyes ; I adore her books and have done since my gran introduced me to her wonderful historical fiction . In tidelands she breaks away from writing about the privileged women of the royal court and instead turns the tale on a poor working single mother , crimes in themselves in this time (1648) for a woman. A bookclub friend and I recently attended an evening with Ms Gregory and a book signing , she is a wond...
  • Latkins
    An engaging historical novel set during the Civil War, in a divided England, as Alinor, a young woman whose husband has left her with their two children, meets a cavalier royalist priest on the 'tideland' of the south coast. Alinor is suspected of being a witch by some of her neighbours, due to her expertise at herbal remedies and as a midwife, and the fact that she's very attractive and her abusive husband has disappeared. When she helps Father ...