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

Midsummers 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, wealth, land, status, and he believes she has the only thing he cannot buy: his son and heir. The warehouse is failing, clinging on to poor business in Restoration London - a city gone mad for pleasure. But will Alinor and her family sell-out to Sir James? Meanwhile in New England, Alinor’s brother Ned, who rebelled against the Crown, cannot find justice in the New World, as the King’s revenge stretches across the Atlanic and turns the pioneers against each other and against the native Americans.

A beautiful widow, Livia, arrives from Venice, telling them Alinor’s son, Rob, has drowned and that she needs the family’s help with a profitable new trade. She will import beautiful statues of marble and bronze to fuel the classical craze among the wealthy landowners. She enchants the warehouse family with her son, their new heir; her sensual carefree warmth; and promises of wealth to come. She captures Sir James and spins them all into a mesh of deceit which only the brave little daughter of the warehouse can break. Sarah searches for the truth about Livia in Venice bringing home the stunning denouement to this, the second book in the Fairmile series.

©2021 Philippa Gregory. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster Australia. All rights reserved.

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incredible read

After reading Tidelands I was thrilled to discover Dark Tides. As with all Gregorys books, it was amazingly researched, incredibly interesting, and I couldn't stop listening. The narration was also excellent.

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First is better

The first book is a lot better than this one for sure. this was a good book, but it ended up bring like a drain and I had to push myself to actually finish the book. I think the first book is a lot better, but if a third book does come out i will listen to it.

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Awesome

I absolutely loved this series. I would love to see another one written as it finished up in the air. Louise Brealey is a terrific narrator, just love her voice.

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Outstanding! Such a relief to find a brilliant book

I’ve been really struggling to find good audiobooks lately and the release of Dark Tides was an incredible relief. I loved Tidelands and this instalment is similarly addictive. I had to keep listening. I found myself wanting to shout at some of the characters because I was so invested. It’s such a relief to find an outstanding, high quality, gripping audiobook!
Loved the narrator; her voice is perfect. The conclusion of the book comes a bit too quickly and easily but I loved it nonetheless.

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Really excellent and never disappointing

Wow, what twists and turns Philippe Gregory is able to pull of with a very satisfying end! I would recommend to anyone who likes good historical fiction. The narration is first class as well.

One disappointing and small change I would like to suggest to Amazon is to change the introductory and end speakers from American accents to English; the drawling American accent does nothing to a lot of readers. Ok for American books but not from books written in Europe. I hope that Amazon understands and corrects this anomaly.

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Inconclusive

I was a bit disappointed with this sequel to Tidelands on several accounts (spoiler alert): The story is spread over two locations which are are barely related and neither storyline has a proper resolution. This means the book is inconclusive and appears as a set-up for a further story, which I don’t find very satisfying. Tidelands had a proper ending in itself whilst this story doesn’t. However the narrator does an excellent job as usual.

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