The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford | Kindle Giveaway and Blog Tour

Don’t miss The Sea House, a stunning fiction debut from the UK. Set in a house on the windswept coast of the Outer Hebrides, Elisabeth Gifford‘s haunting tale effortlessly bridges a gap of more than a century. Adeptly interweaving two tales involving residents of the titular house, Gifford sets up an absorbing mystery revolving around local lore and myths about mermaids, selkies, and sealmen. Stretching seamlessly back and forth through time, layers upon layers of secrets are slowly and effectively peeled away in this evocative debut (Booklist).

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{More about The Sea House}

The Sea House (St. Martin’s Press, April 2014)

Scotland, 1860.

Reverend Alexander Ferguson, naive and newly-ordained, takes up his new parish, a poor, isolated patch on the Hebridean island of Harris. His time on the island will irrevocably change the course of his life, but the white house on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after Alexander departs. 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. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery. The tiny bones of a baby are buried beneath the house; the child’s fragile legs are fused together – a mermaid child. Who buried the bones? And why? Ruth needs to solve the mystery of her new home – but the answers to her questions may lie in her own past.

Based on a real nineteenth-century letter to The Times in which a Scottish clergyman claimed to have seen a mermaid, The Sea House is an epic, sweeping tale of loss and love, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.

Learn more at Elizabeth’s website.

Elisabeth Gifford

{More About Elisabeth Gifford}

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She is the author of “The House of Hope: A Story of God’s Love and Provision for the Abandoned Orphans of China” and has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston on Thames but spend as much time as possible in the Hebrides.

Find out more about Elisabeth at http://elisabethgifford.co.uk/.
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Discover healing in the search for truth

Elisabeth Gifford’s debut novel highlights the healing that comes from honesty and vulnerability

Seattle: What happens when you bring the truth of who you are into the light? In her impressive debut novel, The Sea House(St. Martin’s Press/April 15, 2014/ISBN: 978-1250043344/$25.99), author Elisabeth Gifford introduces readers to characters who are forced to dig up the pain and secrets of their past in order to let the fresh air of faith and grace purify and heal the broken places in their heart.

Gifford was inspired to write The Sea House after coming across a letter in The Times archives from 1809, in which a Scottish schoolmaster claimed to have spotted a mermaid. Weaving the ancient Gaelic myth of the selkies into her story, she has created a sweeping tale of hope and redemption that is an ode to the healing readers can find when they acknowledge the truth about themselves.

Readers of The Sea House are taken back to 1860 and meet Alexander Ferguson, a newly ordained vicar and amateur scientist who takes up his new parish on the poor, isolated 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 northern coasts of Scotland for centuries. Family legend says Alexander is actually descended from selkies. As he struggles to be a good pastor, his maid Moira faces the eviction of her family by Lord Marstone, whose family owns the island. Their time on the island will forever change the course of their lives, but the white house where the vicar lives on the edge of the dunes keeps its silence long after they are gone.

Readers may identify much of their own faith journey in the vicar’s story. “Alexander says he believes in grace, but he really believes in a formula where his particular failures cannot really be forgiven,” Gifford reveals. “So he tries incredibly hard to become a better person. Only after he sees how miserably he fails as a pastor does he let go and accept the mystery of grace.”

It will be more than a century before the house reluctantly gives up its secrets, when Ruth and Michael buy the grand, yet dilapidated, building and begin to turn it into a home. Their dreams are marred by a shocking discovery: Buried under the house are the tiny bones of a baby whose fragile legs are fused together. Is it 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.

Connecting with the truth of one’s story is a critical theme in The Sea House. “I suppose there’s a human impulse to invent a better self so other people, and even God, will like us more and not turn away from us,” Gifford explains. “Jesus came to a very real and ordinary world, and that’s where God meets us. He sees all of us and doesn’t turn away. For Christians, we have the option of rewriting our stories around the extravagant love shown to us on the cross, if we choose to.”

To keep up with Elisabeth Gifford, visit www.elisabethgifford.com, become a fan on Facebook (ElisabethGiffordAuthor) or follow her on Pinterest (LizGifford355).

Advance Praise

“Gifford moves nimbly between the centuries and voices of her intriguing tale. She is a singular and poetic writer.”

~ Rhidian Brook, author of The Aftermath

“A sweeping summer read, packed with an epic tale of loss, love and hope.”

~ Irish News

“An epic, sweeping tale of loss, hope and redemption, and how we heal ourselves with the stories we tell.”

~ The Little Reader Library

About the Author

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University and has published poems in Cinnamon Press and The Oxford Magazine. She’s also written articles for The Times and The Independent,along with a nonfiction book, The House of Hope (2011), a biography of Dr. Joyce Hill who opened a rescue center for abandoned babies in China. The Sea House has been shortlisted for the Historical Writer’s Association Crown debut award. Her second novel, Return to Fourwinds, will be released in the UK in September 2014.

Gifford has a degree in creative writing from Oxford OUDCE and an M.A. in creative writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married to an illustrator, and together they have three children. The family divides their time between Kingston, near London, and the Hebrides in Scotland.

To keep up with Elisabeth Gifford, visit www.elisabethgifford.com, become a fan on Facebook (ElisabethGiffordAuthor) or follow her on Pinterest (LizGifford355).

Suggested interview questions

— Your new release, The Sea House, is a fascinating historical mystery that was born out of a letter you found in an old edition of The Times. Can you tell us about the letter?

— One major theme in the book is the power of acknowledging and telling your story. Why do you think this is such an important part of finding personal healing?

— One character in the book is a woman in the process of building her dream home with her husband. However, a discovery buried under their house mars her perfect plans, causing her to confront her painful past. In what way is her discovery a metaphor?

— In The Sea House, we also meet a vicar who must confront his own ideas about his relationship with God. What lessons about faith can we learn from his spiritual journey?

— What parallels can be drawn between the storyline of The Sea House and the Gospel message?

— The characters in The Sea House discover much of their redemption comes from reconnecting with their personal pasts and their family history. Why do you think this is so important?

— This is your debut novel, but you’ve been a writer for some time and have an M.A. in creative writing. What is your favorite part of the fiction-writing process?

— The Sea House is rich in history and Gaelic myth. What kind of research did you do in preparation to write the novel?

— Have you always had a fascination with mermaids?

— What is the message you hope readers walk away with after they close the covers of The Sea House?

Elisabeth Gifford is available for interviews to promote the release of The Sea House. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com

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Buzz

Julie Fowlis who sang the Gaelic tracks for Disney’s Brave came to the Sea House launch to sing some Gaelic tracks from her new album Every Story. Her Hebridean island of Uist is rich in Sea People legends.

Set in a house on the windswept coast of the Outer Hebrides, this haunting tale effortlessly bridges a gap of more than a century. Adeptly interweaving two tales involving residents of the titular house, Gifford sets up an absorbing mystery revolving around local lore and myths about mermaids, selkies, and sealmen. In 1860, novice vicar Alexander Ferguson takes up his new post as parish priest and moves into the Sea House. Fast forward 130 years and newlyweds Ruth and Michael purchase the dilapidated house and begin renovating it. After they unearth the bones of an infant whose legs and feet are fused together, Ruth realizes she must discover what really happened in order to face and destroy her own very personal demons. Stretching seamlessly back and forth through time, layers upon layers of secrets are slowly and effectively peeled away in this evocative debut. —Booklist

A gripping journey into the past: a stunning exploration of the mysteries that define individuals and communities.  Liz Gifford is a writer with a talent for storytelling. —Emma Chapman, author of How To Be A Good Wife

Hints of magic abound in Gifford’s haunting fiction debut…Gifford has an ability to bring depth to her characters, whether they live in the 19th century or the 20th, and this helps hold together her sweeping tale.Publishers Weekly

Reviews

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    Fascinating story that skillfully weaves two time periods together to find out more about the selkies.

    Written by A Room Without Books is Empty on November 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://detweilermom.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • BOOK REVIEW – THE SEA HOUSE

    In The Sea House, Gifford does a beautiful job of drawing us into the wild and wonderful life on the Hebrides, and she captures well the Scottish tendency to weave as much sadness and despair as happy endings into a story. The mystery of the dead baby is woven beautifully into the other stories of Ruth and Michael, and Reverend Alexander Ferguson and Moira, even though they’re set over a century apart. Although the book is alive with hope and redemption, the heart still hurts a bit after the last page is read.

    Written by Hope Through Storytelling on October 25, 2014 |e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p3Af1b-1sA

  • THE SEA HOUSE…REVIEW

    Historically, I was intrigued by the premise of The Sea House and Elisabeth Gifford has done an amazing job of blending legend with fact as well as addressing issues of PTSD and abandonment.

    A compelling, fascinating story.

    Written by 2 Kids and Tired Books on October 21, 2014 | e

  • GREAT DEBUT NOVEL

    The Sea House is Elisabeth Gifford’s debut book from the UK and its a wonderful debut. As my followers know I have such a heart for author’s debut books and I love Historical Fiction, well I knew I had to read this. This story takes place in 1860 and 1992 about the same house in the remote island of Harris in Scotland. The story tells of a vicar/evolutionary scientist looking to uncover The Selkies legend. The Selkies are mermaids or seal people who have been seen in the North of Scotland for centuries. Alexander has his own personal stake since his family legend tells of Selkies in it.

    Written by For The Love of Books on October 21, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R37T58PTF3AA35

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA HOUSE

    This is a very interesting story, one that I hadn’t quite expected when I picked up the book. It took me a while to get into the story, but I find that to be an issue with most books written in this style and language. Once I was able to get past those things I really enjoyed the story. I really enjoyed the way the author tied together the past and the present in a way that gave great depth to the story.

    Written by Little Blurbs on October 20, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://littleblurbs.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/book-review-the-sea-house/

  • THE SEA HOUSE #BOOKREVIEW @LITFUSE

    This is a very unique book. I love that it does have a basis in a historical account. Those are some of my favorite books because you know that at least part of the book is true! Even if it’s only one event, it gives the story some plausibility. Having said that, The Sea House is probably not a book I would have picked up while browsing books at a library or book store. I am definitely glad to have read this book and truly wish that I could live in the sea house as well. As a nurse I love to think of the medical reason a child would be born with their ones fused together, there are actually some historical accounts of this happening.

    Written by For Him and My Family on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p4fKCR-AW

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    This is a haunting story that takes place then and now. Ruth and Michael bought the Sea House – a very run down house, but in the perfect location looking out to the sea.

    Oh, yes, there’s also that thing about finding the bones of a mermaid baby and the ghost.

    This was a very intriguing story as Ms Giff ord wove it back and forth between the different characters. It made me want to go visit the Sea House.

    Written by sunny island breezes on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R3TMQRCCX6J3TL/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1250043344

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELIZABETH GIFFORD

    Elizabeth Gifford’s The Sea House is another one of those novels that first grabbed my attention with its setting. Situated along the coast of a Hebridean island, The Sea House has a sweepingly magnificent setting, which easily sets up the story to be beautiful and lyrical. Entirely transporting and engrossing, I loved reading Gifford’s The Sea House. I definitely recommend it.

    Written by Book by Book on October 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://pagebypagebookbybook.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    I had mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the second half much more than I did the first. The book had both modern-day and historical aspects. To me, the historical story was more interesting. The writing was excellent all the way through; I just found the historical story more captivating, and somehow the setting (though it was the exact same in both contemporary and historical times) didn’t seem so dreary in the historical account.

    Written by WordSmith on October 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p3fKiF-Fp

  • REVIEW & GIVEAWAY | THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    I really couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!
    The synopsis sounded so mysterious and because I love tales of mermaids and other sea creatures….I put it at the top of my to-read list.
    Let me tell you what I loved about this book- the prose is magnificent, the author is a fabulous writer…very poetic and flows wonderfully. I enjoyed the back and forth writing style and learning more of the history of the Sea House. It really had that cold, wintry, beach-feel.
    The characters are engaging and easy to like. The story has a very mysterious quality and the author hits on some very deep issues.
    There is some language and sensual scenes in the book, so be forewarned if that isn’t your cup of tea.

    Written by JoJo’s Corner on October 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R24WUQBNO53L8P/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1250043344

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    The Sea House is a lovely book..I was instantly intrigued by the idea of researching if selkie were real and the fact the characters very much believe they might be keeps you guessing! But more than anything I love a good story about healing which The Sea House delivers. Sometimes it can be hard to read of another person’s misery..the feelings, the unease, and the pain all leapt of the page. But the book in no way keeps you hanging. There can be a way forward and much to my satisfaction, sometimes the past is not what we think. Which is a pretty fascinating idea in itself, considering how much we let it shape our actions and future. There’s also even a hint of a love story!

    Written by My Friend Amy on October 18, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.myfriendamysblog.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE BOOK REVIEW

    This was actually a very good book to read because the material and the story were so heartbreaking and cruel at the time that this all happened. Yes, there is some bad language used in the book that might offend some people, but because the things that happened in this story, I decided to forgive the language this time because it pretty much sums up what some might feel about the tragedy of what happens to the babies.

    But, it’s not all bad and gloomy. Thru the bad and gloomy parts come love and understanding and a renewed sense that maybe all has been forgiven and it’s time to look forward to new life while cherishing the good parts of what was shared in the past.

    It just goes to show you what the human mind and heart can bear if only they will let it in.

    Written by Mary’s Cup of Tea on October 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.mmbearcupoftea.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-book-review-giveaway.html

  • I loved the stories about mermaids and Selkies and the possible explanation for what people were seeing when they believed they were seeing the two.

    Written by Book Books Everywhere on October 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://bookbookseverywhere.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA HOUSE, BY ELIZABETH GIFFORD

    Gifford’s writing is melodically haunting, and for fans of historical fiction, Gifford is a writer to watch.

    Written by Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) on October 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2GYLXT9OYSZHT/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • GREAT FIRST NOVEL!

    Elisabeth Gifford has emerged on the scene as a gifted new author who is on her way to master the art of storytelling. Not only does The Sea House possess a captivating cover, but Gifford writes with a flow so smooth and intrinsic that you’ll have no choice but to resolve to wanting more. Being a first novel, I was very impressed, and I hope to see more from Miss Gifford in the near future.

    The Sea House is a haunting tale that intertwines lore and verity to where the two are no longer decipherable. Readers will enjoy the mystery and chilling nature of the premise, and become enchanted with this story. It pulled me in quickly. I love the style of writing and the smooth transitions.

    Written by The Indigo Quill on October 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3PSQB1VR6Z3OX

  • FOLLOWING A MYTH

    I was surprised by the Darwin interest of the Rev, especially in a Christian book, but the story did blend well together. I felt a compelling page-turner in my hands. There are a lot of surprises ahead, and some you won’t see coming, and maybe you’ll see a mermaid on the way.

    Written by Maureen’s Musings on October 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2IPK2PK3FO3V5/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • I’m a fan of historical fiction and this book did not disappoint. This story was well written and had fantastic characters. Full of mythology and folklore, this story moves between characters seamlessly. I truly enjoyed this story.

    Written by Mommy Makes Time on October 15, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://mommymakestime.com/?p=555

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD (REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY OF BOOK AND KINDLE FIRE!)

    I was immediately drawn to this story when I first read about this book. It’s literary fiction, but also includes the mysterious legend of selkies—mermaids or seal people claimed to have been sighted off the north of Scotland for centuries.

    I didn’t quite know what to expect, after all, this wasn’t a fantasy novel. Well, it superseded my expectations and was better than I thought. Actually, I will consider this one of the best books I’ve read this year.

    Written by Library of Clean Reads on October 15, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://libraryofcleanreads.blogspot.ca/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • LYRICAL PROSE

    The story is intriguing. The setting is beautiful! (Anyone want to visit Scotland with me now?!) The writing is lovely. The author has mastered a lyrical style that adds another layer to the story.

    Written by Brooke @ i blog 4 books on October 14, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://iblog4books.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford-blog.html

  • A MASTERFUL DEBUT NOVEL

    I love stories that span the years, reaching into the history of an area to solve a contemporary puzzle or mystery. So when The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford came up for review, I requested a copy. And the story didn’t disappoint. The author’s gentle storytelling voice drew me into the story, and I found it very difficult to put it down. Even when it got later and later at night. The masterful plotting, characterization, and storytelling have me looking forward to reading more from this author in the future.

    Written by The Writer’s Tool on October 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2ST8HU7FQTJ50

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    A touching tale told through three unique viewpoints and full of folklore, mythology, and culture. For fans of historical fiction and folklore.

    Written by Tragically Dull Adventures of an Almost Librarianon October 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://barbarianlibrarian1.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE #REVIEW & KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY FROM ELISABETH GIFFORD

    This was an intriguing tale. The main character Ruth has a rough past and is working through all of that to find life in the present. I found her struggles real and heartbreaking but they made me want to root for her journey in life to be successful. The present story is of Ruth but she is trying to unravel the past of their new home. Through that story we learn of a mermaid child and some mysterious past. I quite enjoyed the mystery in the book. I felt like it was just enough to carry the story and keep me reading more! This really was an intriguing tale. Gifford weaves a tale that keeps your interest up until the last word.

    Written by A Rup Life on October 12, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.aruplife.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-review-kindle-fire.html

  • INTRIGUING AND INSPIRING

    The language and the fantastical elements serve to make this book quite immersive. It’s not a fantasy, by any means, but Gifford paints a vivid picture of the setting and characters. It was a very quick read for me because I needed to know how things turned out for everyone. There were no dull or engaging sections, maybe partially because the story jumps back and forth between the 1860s and 1990s.

    And the faith element, while not overt, was realistic and thought-provoking. I appreciated its subtle weaving throughout the lives of the characters. Not the Christian fiction you are used to, but give it a try!

    Written by Raising the Barrs on October 11, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.raisingthebarrs.com/2014/10/10/sea-house-elisabeth-gifford/

  • THE SEA HOUSE – REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY REMINDER

    I struggled for the first chapter or two. Books that jump between two characters are not my favorite, let alone two different time periods and three characters. However, the story really grew on me and I was intrigued as to how it was going to end. I however found the story about Reverend Alexander Ferguson a little more interesting that Ruth and Micheal’s. His story was based during the in the 1860s when crofters are being forced to emigrate or die. I found the historical references and characters quite endearing.

    Written by chickensbunniesandhomeschool on October 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/RY5E4JVRK4CX6

  • A SWEEPING TALE OF HOPE AND REDEMPTION AND A STUDY OF HOW WE HEAL OURSELVES BY DISCOVERING OUR HISTORIES!

    I have to applaud Ms. Gifford on her first novel. This is truly the stuff you would expect to find when you read an exceptional novel. The writing style reflects both the language and dialog of the past and present in Scotland so it feels authentic. The setting and rich details of both the historic past and contemporary present are so well written, you can feel the salt air on your face, and hear the crashing waves on the rocks below the Sea House. It truly draws the reader in for something unexpected much like searching for mermaid legends and instead you find the truth you’ve been searching for all along. The characters are well written and I would have liked to have known a bit more about the history behind Lord Marstone a bit more than I got.

    Written by Reviews From The Heart on October 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3EY0AKC4TEPEJ

  • Many novels come straight out of the author’s imagination. It is clearly evident that Gifford spent a lot of time and effort researching this novel. I found the facts she did include fascinating, serving to enrich the story and teach us more about the people and lands that surrounded The Sea House.

    Written by Literary Winner on October 10, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://literarywinner.com/2014/10/sea-house-elisabeth-gifford/

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    Elisabeth Gifford’s The Sea House is a book I could not put down. I know that has become something of a cliche in the book review world, but it’s true! Even if I had not been on a deadline to get this story read, I honestly think I would have read it in one sitting. Not only is the setting wonderful (The Hebrides), but the story revolves around an old house on the seaside and an intriguing decades old mystery that haunts its new owners.

    Written by Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot on October 8, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:www.amazon.com/review/R1698Y5QLGSBAM/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1250043344

  • A SPELLBINDING TALE

    The Sea House jumps easily between the history of Alexander (and his maid Moira) and the present as Ruth discovers it by reading his journals. The story unfolds from these three points of view and it’s fascinating to see how their stories intertwine even over 100 years apart.

    It’s not exactly a happy read, but life isn’t always happy and neither was it a depressing read. It’s just a captivating story. I highly recommend it!

    Written by Welcome to Married Life on October 8, 2014 | e

  • SELKIES, MYSTERY, GRACE AND NEW LIFE.

    This story is wild and stormy and gray and shining and wind-blown. Ruth, our heroine, is a woman trying to get through the day without letting her past either kill her or rule her.

    She is a character who was cut deeply by the jagged edges of life, and in telling her memories she nicks the reader a tiny bit, letting us share her experience through the page.

    Throughout this tale are tiny threads of grace and peace, as Ruth begins to accept her own story and she finds the truth for the mermaid baby.

    I can picture this book being a Chinaberry recommend. Worth the read.

    Written by Found a Christian by His Grace on October 8, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://foundachristianbyhisgrace.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • HEARTFELT READ!

    I think the idea of the book was very nice. The storyline had a good plot, and there was quite a bit of suspense wondering what was going to happen next. Some people might be a little put off by Ruth’s condition, but the fact is that people live like that every single day. And though it seems dark and dreary, it gives readers a good perspective on how life might be like for someone who was rejected their whole life.

    Written by Loving Mommahood on October 7, 2014 | e

  • The subject matter of this book was fascinating. Seeing the world and circumstances through a girl who has deep seated hurts from her child was fascinating. The author portrayed this beautifully. The writing was truly spectacular. So many beautiful word moments in this book. Also the setting was fabulous. I loved the seaside village and the remoteness.

    Written by The Crafty Home on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://thecraftyhome.net/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford-book-review-and-tour

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD {A REVIEW}

    If you want a good story of loss, love, hope, and redemption, this is a great book!

    Written by My Full Cup on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17934610-the-sea-house

  • THE SEA HOUSE KINDLE FIRE GIVEAWAY FROM ELISABETH GIFFORD

    Ruth delves into the history of the house and secrets are uncovered and the past is brought to life throughout the stories and writings that are shared. I found this book to be well-written and intriguing. The parallel stories in this book are seamlessly written and interwoven in a way that the reader can become lost in both centuries and the characters’ lives.

    Written by Moments on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://kristie-moments.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-kindle-fire-giveaway-from.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA HOUSE

    Gifford’s writing style is beautiful. The stories seem disparate at the beginning, but end up becoming a beautiful whole in the end. The setting of the Hebrides and the Sea House in particular serves as a character of its own, impacting the characters and speaking to the reader through its heartache and beauty.

    Written by By The Book on October 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://rbclibrary.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/book-review-the-sea-house/

  • INTERESTING SCOTTISH TALE

    “The Sea House” is a tale that spans the centuries as it transitions between the modern story of Ruth and her husband Michael and letters from the vicar and his housekeeper who lived in the same house in 1860. It is not a particularly happy story most of the time. Ruth struggles with fear and bouts of panic as an adult as a result of traumatic experiences during her childhood. Alexander and Moira’s letters reveal horrific treatment of early island residents by the wealthy landowners.

    A common thread woven through the entire book is Scottish lore, particularly the legend of the Skelkies, long believed to be part human and part seal. Both Alexander and Ruth had been told that they were descended from Skelkies. A disturbing discovery during the reconstruction of Ruth and Michael’s home tends to lend some credence to the tales. I was fascinated by the legends and found the eventual explanation found by Alexander to make perfect sense.

    Written by Daysong Reflections on October 4, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1WTA0KZF11O5E/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • IT WAS TOO SAD FOR ME

    I just finished reading The Sea House and I liked it but really thought it was too sad for me. This is the author’s first book and I will be sure to look for others by her. A young couple buy a house and believe everything will be wonderful. They make a horrible discovery and Ruth has to find out what happened a long time ago. I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are my own.

    Written by Deal Sharing Aunt on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-kindle-fire-giveaway-from.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    I enjoyed this novel combining a contemporary story with its historical roots. Having an in-law born and raised in Scotland, I’ve heard lots of Scottish lore and really enjoyed reading about the selkies. Interweaving the stories of people separated by over 100 years was well done. This is a good novel for those who like contemporary and/or historical novels.

    Written by Book Reviews from an Avid Reader on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RVRSCL135TWWH/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00FOA4ZGG

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD | BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY

    Gifford’s writing skills and prose are excellent. She’s talented and creative. She was also able to weave back and forth during the time periods with ease….

    Written by Books and Beverages on October 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://booksandbeverages.org/2014/10/03/sea-house-elisabeth-gifford-book-review-giveaway/

  • THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD #BOOKREVIEW AND #GIVEAWAY

    Since I wasn’t familiar with some of the language used, I found this book a little difficult to understand but I was able to find out the meaning by using a dictionary. I am glad I didn’t let that little issue stop me because I found the book quite interesting. It is actually two stories in one with fascinating characters from the past and the present. I truly enjoyed learning about the Selkies and Mermaid folk tales and how they came about. I was engrossed with the book from beginning to the end.

    Written by Frugal-Shopping on October 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.frugal-shopping.com/2014/10/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • LOVED THIS STORY

    The Sea House is an epic, beautifully written story about how grace and redemption can change our lives. The characters are deep and interesting. The imagery is amazing. I really loved this story and how it all blended together. Beautiful.

    Written by One Redeemed Mom on October 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://oneredeemedmom.com/review-the-sea-house/

  • THE SEA HORSE

    I enjoyed how there was more going on in this book,I really enjoy it when books switch from the past to modern day. This book had engaging and interesting characters, some I liked and some I really didn’t. Overall it was a pretty good read, a bit darker at times then I generally like, but it handled some heavier things quite well and made you think.
    I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://theperfectbeginnings.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-horse-by-elisabeth-gifford.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    I thought that this book was interesting, with the two different stories going on. Even though it deals with sensitive subjects, I think the author did an excellent job with the characters and the situations that were thrown at them.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-sea-house.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: THE SEA HOUSE

    I loved this book. I loved the history. I loved the realism. I loved the descriptions that made me want to go there. This is one book that won’t be leaving my shelf any time soon and I hope that it will be joining other books on some of my readers’ shelves.

    Written by Life With Katie on October 1, 2014 | e

  • INTRIGUING

    This book was way better than I expected. I have actually read a few novels set in this area and so I was curious to see how this book portrayed life. This book is mainly about the mysterious seal people or Selkies. The story starts with Ruth and her husband who find a baby mermaid skeleton underneath their house they are renovating. The storyline sounds odd but the mermaid part of it and folklore was really very interesting. The story goes between a few people so I had to really think about who I was reading about. Ruth wants to discover how the baby got under the house and the book flashes back to what happened so long ago.

    Written by I Hope You Dance on October 1, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1038051331

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    The Sea House is a beautifully written book and engrossing tale. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. “The Sea House” is about the power of past events and of forgotten people to influence the lives in the present. Elisabeth Gifford’s writing is lyrical, & beautiful. I totally fell in love with this story of how the mysteries of the past haunt the present.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on September 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://readingcornerreviews.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-review-sea-house-by-elisabeth.html

  • #REVIEW OF THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD WITH #KINDLEFIRE #GIVEAWAY

    A great story and wonderful debut novel. I really love that the book had duality timelines, not a lot of authors can do that in a way that makes it so you can still understand what is going on. This author did it with wonderfully. I loved how the author added into about the Selkie legend and weaved it into her story so well. It worked wonderfully and added so much to the story. The characters were great and the story was so rich with history and paranormal legends that it makes you want to read it in one sitting.

    Written by Crossroad Reviews on September 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.crossroadreviews.com/2014/10/review-of-sea-house-by-elisabeth.html

  • GREAT BOOK

    The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford was a fun book to read. This book was so different from anything that I have read in awhile that I truly enjoyed all of it.

    Written by The World As I See It on September 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://theworldasiseeitbloganddesigns.com/the-sea-house-by-elisabeth-gifford/

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    A raw and often gritty tale of survival, courage and, ultimately, hope.

    Gifford is an exceptionally gifted wordsmith. She creates vivid scenes and heart wrenching emotions that compel a reader to enter her world and stay awhile.

    Written by Best Reads on September 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.bestreads-kav.blogspot.ca/2014/09/the-sea-house.html

  • REVIEW – THE SEA HOUSE

    The Sea House is an intriguing mystery novel that I highly recommend to others.

    Written by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer on September 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2014/09/review-sea-house.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    I always say that everyone has their own boat to row so be kind…you never know just how full their boat might be. Ruth comes to the Sea House with her own troubles and much baggage that she struggles to unload. As you read deeper into the book you see how much Ruth has been through in her young life and how she has tried to move on and live her life with her husband Michael. You really feel her pain and suffering even if you have never experienced anything even remotely like that in your own life. This is a great end-of-summer beach read that I enjoyed.

    Written by Glamamamas Goodies on September 28, 2014 |e
    Read my full review:http://glamamamasgoodies.blogspot.com/2014/09/elisabeth-giffords-sea-house-novel.html

  • LITFUSE BLOG TOUR EVENT: THE SEA HOUSE BY ELISABETH GIFFORD

    The Sea House by Elisabeth Gifford is a blend of magic, mermaids and POVs from two different eras that hold this story together. It deals with issues that are sometimes tough to understand and or experience, and yet Gifford did a wonderful job at conveying both things in a novel that grasps this well. This is not your typical novel, and for that my review will explain the rest.

    Written by Taylor Reid Reads and Breathes on September 27, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://taylor-reid.blogspot.com/2014/09/litfuse-blog-tour-event-sea-house-by.html

  • THE SEA HOUSE

    The author has done a fantastic job at interweaving the two different story-lines from two different time periods. It was a play on both and she was able to do it very well!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on September 26, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2014/09/litfuse-review-sea-housea-novel.html

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