Wednesday 8 August 2018

Audio: Women of the Dunes - Sarah Maine

Narrated by Ruth Urquhart
Publication date Jul 24, 2018 by Tantor Audio
Audio book, Running time 11 hrs
Fiction /His fic
For review

My thoughts
This book has 4 POVS, even if Libby is the main one.

Libby comes to Scotland for a dig. But her great grandmother was from there and she knows the legend they are to uncover. 

Then there is Ellen in 1890, a servant at the big house. She loves the old legend. And the question is, why did she leave for Canada? What happened back the? Ellen had her head in the clouds. I get that she was pretty, but everyone sure went crazy for her. Also, she was not alone with her POV, the priest Oliver has a POV here too.

Which brings us to Ulla, who comes with her dying lover to this part of Scotland that will have her name. Fleeing from her husband and meeting a monk, but, it was not Ulla who had this POV. It was Oran the monk who was fine living there as a hermit before vikings comes and mess things up. Oran was so! Well you can imagine, but he was a man of his time. I did wonder about Ulla and her thoughts, but we never got those. Oh and how on earth could they speak with each other?

A dig. And uncovering what happened to her ancestor. Libby has a lot before her. And she also becomes embroiled with those who own the land. Oh he was hard to get to know, but I liked him. You will see.

A lovely book set in different times and connected to each other. In more than one way.

Narrator Ruth Urquhart
I really like her voice and she was perfect for this.

From the author of the acclaimed novels The House Between Tides and Beyond the Wild River, a rich, atmospheric tale set on the sea-lashed coast of west Scotland, in which the lives of a ninth-century Norsewoman, a nineteenth-century woman, and a twenty-first-century archeologist weave together after a body is discovered in the dunes.

Libby Snow has always felt the pull of Ullanesse a lush Scottish island enshrouded in myth and deeply important to her family. Her great-great-grandmother Ellen was obsessed with the strange legend of Ulla, a Viking maiden who washed up on shore with the nearly lifeless body of her husband—and who inspired countless epic poems and the island’s name.

Central to the mystery is an ornate chalice and Libby, an archaeologist, finally has permission to excavate the site where Ulla is believed to have lived. But what Libby finds in the ancient dunes is a body from the Victorian era, clearly murdered…and potentially connected to Ellen.

What unfolds is an epic story that spans centuries, with Libby mining Ellen and Ulla’s stories for clues about the body, and in doing so, discovering the darker threads that bind all three women together across history.


  1. I hadn't heard of this book before. Sounds interesting. I like how the people's lives are connected even though they lived in different times. :)

  2. I love that cover, it's so relaxing,. Now I want to got o the beach lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  3. that's an interesting topic there

  4. This definitely sounds interesting. I am curious to find out what they dig up.

  5. wow sounds like a lot going on. Thanks for sharing

  6. Darn, comment this morning didn't go through...

    This sounds unique and something I may have to see if my library carries it. Brilly review!

  7. Premise sounds amazing, but I'd probably find the history a bit dull and wish for more mystery and thrills :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  8. Hmm sounds different and I am not sure I have the hang of what happens but I can believe its good.

    1. It's hard not to spoil it all since it all ties together ;)

  9. Ooh I just saw a review for this yesterday. I like dual timelines, and the Norse woman and the monk... sounds good. Hope the 4 POV's work.

  10. This is an interesting idea for a story. I'm glad that it worked for you.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  11. I'm so confused... Plus, when I saw the title, I thought maybe it was a story about the Women of Dune, as in Arrakis! ;-)

  12. Interesting how everything comes together. Glad you enjoyed this one!



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