The sea house A novel

Elisabeth Gifford

eAudio - 2021

In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies-mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries. He has a more personal motive too: family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men. As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira ...faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both of their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. But their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery: a baby's tiny bones are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs, fused together-a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home-but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past. The Sea House is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories.

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Published
[United States] : Dreamscape Media 2021.
Edition
Unabridged
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 57 min.)) : digital
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9781666522907
1666522902
Access
AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Elisabeth Gifford (author)
Corporate Author
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Other Authors
Mhairi Morrison (narrator), Kat Rose-Martin, Joshua (Narrator) Manning
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In 1860, Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur evolutionary scientist, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the remote Scottish island of Harris. He hopes to uncover the truth behind the legend of the selkies—mermaids or seal people who have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries. He has a more personal motive too: family legend states that Alexander is descended from seal men. As he struggles to be the good pastor he was called to be, his maid Moira faces the terrible eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will irrevocably change the course of both of their lives, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone. It will be more than a century before the Sea House reluctantly gives up its secrets. Ruth and Michael buy the grand but dilapidated building and begin to turn it into a home for the family they hope to have. But their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery: a baby’s tiny bones are buried beneath the house; the child's fragile legs, fused together—a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? To heal her own demons, Ruth feels she must discover the secrets of her new home—but the answers to her questions may lie in her own traumatic past. The Sea House is a sweeping tale of hope and redemption and a study of how we heal ourselves by discovering our histories.