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I started a weekly book reading challenge at the first of the year with some friends. The first book for me was At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen. I have friends who love the novel Water for Elephants that she also wrote but the blurb doesn’t speak to me. I wanted to give the author a shot anyway and I am glad I did. While this is not a book I will feel the need to read again, I did enjoy it.
Most books set in the Highlands of Scottland go over well with me. And this time that’s what kept me reading. The book blurb made me think a search for Nessie would be a prominent part of the book but what I got was a coming of age style story about a wealthy American trophy wife finding herself on the banks of Loch Ness. Oddly enough, I don’t think she realized she was lost until she got there.
I’m going to give it 3.5 stars out of 5. I didn’t connect to the characters themselves so much as the story itself. I may even give Water for Elephants a shot soon. The story was captivating to me and I found myself unable to put the book down even as I thought the American characters were obnoxious. It did have something I value above all others in my books, character growth. This book had that in spades, that growth of character made this a novel well worth reading at least once.