The Sea House

The Sea House

Elisabeth Gifford / Feb 27, 2020

The Sea House In Alexander Ferguson a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist takes up his new parish a poor isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris He hopes to uncover the

  • Title: The Sea House
  • Author: Elisabeth Gifford
  • ISBN: 9781250043344
  • Page: 311
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries He has a personal motive, too family legenIn 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries He has a personal motive, too family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone.It will be 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 To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories.

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    1. An intriguing and atmospheric novel set in the Hebrides Islands of Scotland, the narrative moves between the contemporary story of Ruth and her husband Michael, and the islands in the 1860s when crofters are being forced to emigrate and science and religion are in conflict. Ruth and Michael are living in, and renovating, the ramshackle Sea House on the Hebridean Island of Harris. Ruth is haunted by feelings of fear and grief, and worries they have made a mistake in sinking all their savings into [...]

    2. A lovely story and a really solid debut novel. I love a book with duality timelines, and even after reading only a few chapters I knew I was going to savor this book until the very end! The story is based in a remote rundown house in the Hebridean island of Harris, Ruth and her partner decide to renovate the house and in doing so unearth the skeleton of a a baby with fused legs - a baby mermaid. To find out what tragedy befell the baby she proceeds to uncover the history of the house and its pre [...]

    3. You know when sometimes you read a book and the main subject really gets your attention but everything around it is just plain boring?Wellis is one of those books.I have to admit that this book was well written. The sentences were fluent and some were quite beautiful. I don't know, must be that this book had a special atmosphere, a calm and mysterious one. You must be thinking why I gave The Sea House only two stars, right? Well the thing isI can't help but be honest in my reviews and ratings. Y [...]

    4. The Sea House is a dual-time narrative set on an island in the Hebrides. Ruth and Michael purchase the Sea House with plans to create an idyllic B&B. The discovery of a small coffin underneath the floorboards unsettles Ruth who feels driven to learn the baby's identity and why it was buried in secrecy. Her search is loosely tied to the story of Alexander Ferguson, a vicar who lived in the Sea House in the 1800s. Ferguson was conducting his own search to uncover the truth behind local legend [...]

    5. An intriguing mystery, alternating between the remote Scottish islands in the 1860s and present day. I liked Moira very much, her voice was very authentic. Liked Alexander Ferguson and his quest, his earnestness, his faith and his desire to do the right thing. Enjoyed it.

    6. Contemporary and Historical Stories Unequal In Interest and QualityThere's a lot to like in this novel, the author does an especially nice job of showing the beauty of the landscape. The story takes place on South Harris Island, which is one of the Hebrides Islands off the west coast of Scotland. I'm not a traveler but Elizabeth Gifford's descriptions made me want to see the islands myself. While reading I frequently searched the internet for images of the areas that she was describing, the phot [...]

    7. I must say I was really looking forward to reading Secrets Of The Sea House, I particularly loved the cover of the book and the description on the back had me very intrigued as to the story within the pages.Without going into too much detail so as not to spoil the story, Secrets Of The Sea House revolves around a Sea House and the secrets that lie within. We are taken into the past as Reverend Alexander Ferguson spends time on the island of Harris aster taking up his new position in the parish. [...]

    8. I saw this book on and I am so glad I bought it after I kept delaying reading it and assuming it would be ok, but nothing special. I was wrong. It was fantastic and although it's only just turned April, it will probably be one of the best books I read this year.I loved the writing - atmospheric and so descriptive - I really felt like i was on the islands and could smell the salty tang in the sea air. The dual timeline (sometimes I find this distracting because you can lose your flow, not in thi [...]

    9. Blurb:A mystery (with romantic overtone) told in parallel about present day Ruth who is emotionally damaged, and Alexander, a newly appointed vicar with a scientific background who lived in the late 1800’s. Each has made Sea House their home, and the house has now yielded a secret from its past. Ruth embarks on her journey of discovery of the house’s secrets that begins to unravel her own past and provides the catalyst towards healing. Review:I decided to read this book because I enjoy myste [...]

    10. Gee, this is a lovely writer; my first experience with Gifford's work. She has a fine sense of language, very pretty images and descriptions, and as I began the novel I felt like I was sinking into the mystical world of selkies and legends of mermaids. How exciting! A house by the sea, young marrieds Ruth and Michael, mysterious effects—all the makings of enchantment and suspense. But most of the novel is written as journal entries from Alexander Ferguson, the minister that previously lived in [...]

    11. Rsting Clarification: 4.5 StarsA beautifully written book and engrossing tale. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute if it.

    12. "The Sea House" is about the power of past events and forgotten people to influence lives in the present.For her tale of interplay between what has happened and what will, author Elisabeth Gifford developed three voices.There is the Reverend Ferguson, living in the late 19th century, who represents the English presence in Scotland while dramatizing the struggle to reconcile community mythologies with the cold, hard facts of science.There is Moira, his servant at the parish, who stands for all th [...]

    13. A haunting tale containing exquisite poignancy and delicacy, which lingers upon one’s consciousness…This beautiful novel is an acutely arresting tale of life’s hidden mysteries and secrets, which touches upon the true meaning of life. Set within a lush historical backdrop, you are transported into the heart of the rugged harsh lands of Scotland, 1860. The time-difference between the past and modern-day adds a touch of realism, for you are able to connect deeper with the text as it is given [...]

    14. I felt the pull of the siren song as soon as I started reading the prologue of Elisabeth Gifford's "The Sea House," and it had me under its spell from beginning to end, so don't start reading this one during a busy week or work might just have to wait. Consider yourselves warned. Gifford's writing is lyrical, beautiful, and arresting. In this story of how the mysteries of the past haunt the present, be prepared to fall in love with Ruth, Moira, and Alexander--the story's three alternating narrat [...]

    15. This sounded like my sort of book – the past intermingled with the present – but I found I couldn’t really care about any of the characters to any great extent. Ruth and Michael buy an old manse on the Hebridean island of Harris in a state of disrepair intending to renovate it and turn it into a B&B. They find the skeleton of a baby with its legs fused together in a shape reminiscent of a mermaid’s tail buried under the floorboards.The modern story of Ruth and Michael is alternated w [...]

    16. When Ruth and Michael move into the Sea House in the Hebrides they are finally realising their dream of opening a guest house and settling into their new home when the macabre discovery of a skeleton of a baby, legs fused like a mermaid, is found buried under the floor boards and disturbs Ruth’s peace of mind.Ruth is determined to find out more about the baby and the trail soon leads to Reverend Alexander Ferguson who was a previous inhabitant of the house and also had a keen interest in merma [...]

    17. I came across this book by chance, a random selection in a second hand bookshop. The title and notion of mermaids appealed to me, other than that I was not expecting too much. However, I am so pleased that this book found me. Such a haunting tale with depth and insight into the way of life, and troubles of the Scottish Islands in the 1800's. One of the best books I have read this year.

    18. This book had the makings of being fantastic and gripping.ead it was long and boring. There were a handful of great chapters and many, many more that just dragged for me. At times it was reminiscent of "The Museum of Extraordinary Things" and "The Book of Speculation" but it never achieved their greatness. I wanted more. A mer-child buried under a house could be spectacular. At the very least it did spark my interest in Selkies.

    19. The story:In 1992 Ruth and her husband Michael buy an old and dilapidated house on the Hebridean island of Harris intending to renovate it and turn it into a guesthouse. It isn’t long after they start working on the house when they make a gruesome discovery. Underneath floorboards they find the old remains of a baby with its legs and feet fused together. It is a discovery that will awaken old memories for Ruth. Memories she has been trying to suppress for a long time; memories that can threate [...]

    20. Secrets of the Sea House is an elegant and sophisticated tale of the ways in which lives interact and the strong skeins of memory that tie us to the past.The narrative swings masterfully between 1860 and 1992, linking the nineteenth century PoV characters of Alexander and Moira with Ruth, who moves into the Sea House over a hundred years later. I was impressed with the ease of this dialogue; the chapters are interwoven beautifully and the pace at which the secrets of the book’s title are revea [...]

    21. Wow! - I just finished this book and my mind is still up in Scotland. I really liked this book! It's the story of Ruth & Michael who come to one of the Scottish isles to fix up an old house and start a B&B. Under one of the floors in the house they find the grave of a tiny little mermaid baby- a baby who was so undernourished that her legs fused together instead of developing normally. This baby haunts Ruth, who herself was left as a young child when her mother died, an apparent suicide. [...]

    22. This book fell into my lap unexpectedly. Other than having an author that I very vaguely recognized the name of and a pretty cover- I really had no idea what this book was about. I started the book without even reading a blurb about it.This book was a very unusual read for me- it was literary fiction, historical, dramatic, and had ghosts in it (sort of). This was not at all my typical read. I found myself somehow engrossed in the story and a little angry at myself that I was. It had so many thin [...]

    23. Secrets of the Sea House isn't something I'd ever have picked up of my own accord, and it had the great misfortune of being read at the same time as the phenomenal S. by JJ Abrams and Doug Dorst (my absolute favourite read in a long time.) Despite all that, I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected to.There's always a sense of obligation with book club books that I've stupidly left until the week of the monthly meeting, then have to tear through at lightning speed. I usually end up resent [...]

    24. Sometimes you just stumble across a book you've never even heard of and it turns out to be a treasure. Such is the case with The Sea House. It was lying discarded on a table in the library and I liked the cover. It turned out to be a fascinating read.My husband's grandmother was from the Isle of Lewis and he grew up hearing tales about the hardships of life there. When I read this book, I was stunned to hear about expulsions and forced emigration much like Ireland. I had no idea. It makes you un [...]

    25. When I was wee, my Nana, from Lewis, used to tell me stories of Selkies and seal people. My Grandpa, a sea captain, told me stories of mermaids. These tales have always fascinated me, and along with my mum's stories of her childhood holidays spent on Lewis have coloured some of my own writing, so this book was right up my street. I really enjoyed it. It had lots of things I love - a dual timeline, mythology, ghosts, tragedy and lots and lots of amazing, evocative island colour. As ever, I will s [...]

    26. In 1992, Ruth and Michael have purchased the rundown Sea House on the island of Harris in the Hebrides with the hope of turning it into a Bed & Breakfast. During the renovations, they discover the remains of a baby whose legs are fused together. From appearance, a mermaid child. Ruth, in an effort to overcome her own issues of abandonment and to find out what happened to the mermaid baby, begins researching the history of The Sea House and learns the story of Reverend Alexander Ferguson a ne [...]

    27. This book was way better than I expected. I have actually read a few novels set in this area and so I was curious to see how this book portrayed life. This book is mainly about the mysterious seal people or Selkies. The story starts with Ruth and her husband who find a baby mermaid skeleton underneath their house they are renovating. The storyline sounds odd but the mermaid part of it and folklore was really very interesting. The story goes between a few people so I had to really think about who [...]

    28. Secrets of The Sea House is a dual-time novel set on Harris, an island in the Hebrides. The story is played out an old, almost derelict house known locally as The Sea House. The modern story is related by Ruth who with her husband has bought the Sea House, they intend to renovate it and open it up as a guest house. Work comes to a halt when the remains of a small child are found, buried deep under the house. The bones are estimated to be over 100 years old, but it is the fact that the legs of th [...]

    29. Hum. Mostly good, I think, but with some reservations, which are more technical than anything. There is a large cast of characters in two timelines (yes, I know I'm guilty of casts of thousands myself) and she doesn't do enough to give gentle reminders as to who is what. Some plotlines fade out, and some finish too abruptly. The church background, which is crucial to the earlier timeline and incidental in the modern timeline, is confused (what is her clergyman? Is he Presbyterian? Episcopalian?) [...]

    30. I really liked this novel. I felt like it had so many elements to the story which worked together in a seamless manner - Ruth's emotional problems, dealing with her childhood abuse and how that affected her in adulthood, mermaids and legends, and the Potato famine and the harsh history of the town. I enjoyed the way Ruth and Michael went through a journey in building of the house that included Ruth dealing with the past and her demons whilst uncovering the rather dark truths about the past of Al [...]

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