Down to the Sea by Sue Lawrence ♥ | #LoveBooksGroupTours

Hello, bookworms! Another book review for your today – I missed the original date then I was supposed to publish for the tour, I’ve not been around this weekend and all those alerts on my phone that I snoozed, didn’t help either.

Genre: Historical fiction
Year Of Publication: Feb 2019
Publisher: Contraband
Pages: 256
My rating: 3.5 ⭐⭐⭐

“Historical mystery set in Newhaven, Edinburgh with a dual timeline. One strand is set in the present day and the other in the 1890s, when superstitious fishwives blame a young girl for the deaths of their menfolk at sea, and she is forced into the Newhaven Poorhouse.”

In historical Newhaven, we follow Jessie who is sent to the poorhouse because of the mark she has on her cheek which branded her as a witch during those superstitious times. I could tell that there was a lot of research that went into this book and really appreciated how Jessie’s world came alive under my eyes. I am not going to say too much about it because I do not want to spoil anything.

The novel is told in dual narration/perspectives in two different time periods in Newhaven; one in the present day, one in the past. The novel is extremely atmospheric and I felt transported in the book, feeling what the characters were feeling. I am easily scared so I was concerned that I would be spooked by the contents, but rest assured that it’s nothing nightmare-inducing.

In the present day, during the 80’s, we follow a married couple who just purchased Wardie House with the intent to transform it into a high end caring facility for the elderly and I really enjoyed exploring these characters. I felt a lot more of a connection with them, maybe because it is more “present” day than Jessie’s.

All I will say about this book, as I do not want to spoil anything, is that it left me with a good feeling at the end. It wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t the best read of the year, however there was dedication for the story and characters within the pages, subjects that mattered to the author. The plot twists were quite predictable, especially for a more seasoned reader, but I still really enjoyed it and recommend it!



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