#1 bestselling author Philippa Gregory returns with a novel of greed and desire set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America.
Midsummer Eve, 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy nobleman seeking the lover he deserted twenty-one years earlier. Now James Avery has everything to offer: a fortune, a title, and the favour of the newly restored King Charles II. He believes that the warehouse’s poor owner Alinor has the one thing he 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 tells her of the death of Rob – Alinor’s son – drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon.
Meanwhile, Alinor’s brother Ned, in faraway New England, is making a life for himself in the narrowing space between the jarring worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move towards inevitable war. Alinor writes to him that she knows – without doubt – that her son is alive and the widow is an imposter. But how can she prove it?
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.
Praise for Dark Tides:
‘Superb . . . A searing portrait of a woman that resonates across the ages.’ People
‘A gripping novel . . . Fans of Gregory’s works and of historicals in general will delight in this page-turning tale.’ Library Journal (starred review)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Picking up two decades after Tidelands, this thoughtful sequel deepens that first book’s richness of location, atmosphere and period detail. Philippa Gregory casts her keen eye on colonial America in the late 17th century, following linked narratives in London and New England, with a memorable byway to Venice. Creating intriguing female characters as she examines the bonds of family and the inner workings of society, Gregory also illuminates the Native Americans’ fraught place in the so-called New World. Stately historical fiction energised with a lively cast of characters, Dark Tides immerses us completely in its time and place.
A new piece of history
A ramble from England into Venice and New England. Quite a folic with reasonably interesting characters. Touching on Venetian history was interesting. Ned’s story in New England was perhaps a stand alone book as I found it a bit jarring switching from rollicking Italian grafters into American Indian territory chapter by chapter. Only just enough character development, but the tale was fairy good.