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Number one best-selling author Philippa Gregory's new historical novel tracks the rise of the Tidelands family in London, Venice and New England. 

Midsummer’s Eve, 1670. A wealthy man waits outside a poor London warehouse to meet with Alinor, the woman he failed 21 years before. He has everything to offer: money, land, status - and he believes she has the only thing he cannot buy: his son and heir.

Meanwhile in New England, Alinor’s brother, Ned, cannot find justice in the New World, as the king’s revenge stretches across the Atlantic and turns the pioneers against each other and against the American Indians.

Then, a beautiful widow, Livia, arrives from Venice, telling Alinor that her son, Rob, has drowned and that she needs their help. She enchants the warehouse family with her sensual carefree warmth and promises of a new profitable trade selling beautiful statues of marble and bronze to fuel the classical craze among the wealthy landowners. But something in Livia’s story doesn’t add up, and the answers lies across the dark tides in Venice....

©2020 Philippa Gregory (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • 01-27-21

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I tried hard to listen to this book but I just couldn't. Long drawn out boring.

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So boring
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  • Mrs. Sally Perrin
  • 02-07-21

History good, very poor narration

The overall story was okay but it would’ve been good to have a bit of a reminder of what went on in the previous novel. The historical side of it was very interesting particularly about Venice. But the narration completely let it all down. It sounded as though a child was delivering the story in a very flat monotone quite the worst I’ve ever heard, because it could’ve been made so much more interesting.

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  • Linda Rutter
  • 02-28-21

Awful narration ...I couldn't get to chapter 2

The narrater, god, love her, just sounded too young and bored. Like you were reading in a classroom.

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  • Paula
  • 11-29-20

Not as engrossing as tu book 1.

Having really enjoyed the first book I was looking forward to the second, Dark Tides. However, although this is a pleasing tale portraytheing interesting scenarios of how life was lived at the time I found it to be implausible and light weight. The good thing is that I no longer wonder about the fate of Alinor and her family, which is satisfying.

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  • Cricket
  • 03-16-21

Book Two Disappointing

I enjoyed 'Tidelands'. It felt fresh and I wanted to know what happened to the characters.

This follow-up I simply couldn't finish. I gave it my best shot, but came out well before the end.

The writing just felt more and more tired ; the frequent, sometimes repetitive descriptive passages irritating and the direction it was going, less and less believable.



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  • lulu
  • 02-05-21

Great story

I was so excited when this came out as I had previously enjoyed tide lands and this didn’t disappoint! Highly recommend

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  • Mrs Clare Hydes
  • 01-31-21

Such a disappointment!

I had eagerly awaited this book after enjoying Tidelands so much. After the unsatisfying ending of Tidelands I was really hoping this would continue the same story.
Immediately I was disappointed as Alinor is portrayed as old and infirm - a shadow of her former self. She barely features at all in Dark Tides and i wanted to shake her awake! Alys is irritating and the chapters involving Ned are a pointless and irritating distraction. Sort of hoping for a third book to fix it all....! I have never enjoyed a Philippa Gregory book so little before :(

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-30-21

Interesting historical fiction

I loved the first book in this series but felt this book jumped around too much between the characters and their respective locations. And the main character Eleanor, who was a great character, hardly featured in the sequel, which was a great pity.
I hope there is a follow up book because the ending was left open for another book for sure.

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  • Miss V L Thompson
  • 01-29-21

Absolutely Brilliant

A fabulous follow up to Tidelands. This book continued to surprise me. I would definitely recommend this series and hope for other similar titles.

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  • Christine Lillywhite
  • 03-12-21

Up to the usual standard

I really enjoyed the irritating suspense of being the reader who knows all along and wonders when the penny will drop or how the veil will fall

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  • Dawn40
  • 02-12-21

Dark Tides

I have so enjoyed this clever book and like the way the story moves from country to country and time to time. Covering interesting history while telling a gripping story. I hope there is a third book - there is more to tell.

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