The Tide That Took the Sea
Author: Susanna Crossmann
The Tide That Took the Sea is a contemporary novel about one troubled woman´s personal and spiritual revolution that reaches into French history and tells parallel stories of love and betrayal, wounds and healing, fate and choice. The novel begins in England with Isobel Oakwell having a terrible car accident that nearly paralysed her and that took the life of a little girl. When Isobel returns home to her husband Johnny after months in the hospital she feels like a different person, and is unable to cope with her doting spouse and their close knit village. She is dismissed from her job at a cartography museum and on her last day, an intriguing map from the French Revolution falls into her hands. Fleeing Johnny and the English hills, Isobel crosses the Channel to the windy coastal citadel of Saint-Malo to recover her strength and to uncover the truth about the map.
During her yearlong investigation in the French seaside town, Isobel unleashes a long-buried web of Revolutionary conspiracies and passions. Voices ricochet across time, over water, and through stone.
With marvellous characters and a warm and embracing voice evoking comparisons to recent bestsellers such as The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Eat Pray Love, Where Did You Go Bernadette? and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, The Tide That Took the Sea announces Susanna Crossman as a wise and exciting new author whose fiction is simultaneously charming, moving, and enlightening.