Women of the Dunes

Women of the Dunes

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 U...

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Women of the Dunes Reviews

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Scotland, back and forth in time, murders, illegitimate children, missing jewels, secrets, buried treasures, legends, a permitted excavation, authentic characters, and an old estate all greet us in WOMEN OF THE DUNES.

    We follow Libby as she and her university team have gotten permission to excavate the estate of Hector Sturrock and an estate where Libby's great grandmother worked as a servant.

    Libby's grandmother told her of the legend of Ulla that was part of the estate and the town of Ullaness.

    Scotland, back and forth in time, murders, illegitimate children, missing jewels, secrets, buried treasures, legends, a permitted excavation, authentic characters, and an old estate all greet us in WOMEN OF THE DUNES.

    We follow Libby as she and her university team have gotten permission to excavate the estate of Hector Sturrock and an estate where Libby's great grandmother worked as a servant.

    Libby's grandmother told her of the legend of Ulla that was part of the estate and the town of Ullaness. Libby had always enjoyed the legend and liked to hear it every time she visited her grandmother.

    When Libby joined the team for the excavation, she had to decide if she would tell what her grandmother had told her and what her great grandmother had kept from the estate.

    The legend began with a ship coming into a harbor where a monk named Odrhan lived. Ulla was pregnant with her husband’s brother’s child, but when the husband found out about the baby, he badly hurt his brother, Harald, so Ulla sailed away with the injured Harald and sailed to Odrhan for help.

    As generations continued so did the legend and its people. The most interesting aspect was that Libby was the current generation of the women involved, and there were many secrets kept by them all.

    WOMEN OF THE DUNES was captivating simply because of the lifestyle of the original family as well as those who lived in the Sturrock estate today.

    The women of all generations had stories to tell, the estate’s castle-like home still kept its charm, and the legend made WOMEN OF THE DUNES enticing.

    I really enjoyed the descriptions of the land and the house. Going back in time and hearing a story re-created is something I always love to read about.

    The two stories - present and past - connected, came full circle, and brilliantly meshed together as mirrored stories.

    Any reader who enjoys castles, secrets, looking for clues in old documents, and re-tracing the steps of characters that lived long ago will want to read WOMEN OF THE DUNES.

    WOMEN OF THE DUNES is going to be a favorite. 5/5

    This book was given to be as an ARC by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    The first book I read by Sarah Maine was

    and I was blown away by the wonderful story and the atmospheric setting. I was eager to find out if

    would be as good. And it was!

    To be able to effortlessly write a book with three different storylines without confusing or making any of the storylines less interesting than the others is a gift and I think that Sarah Maine has this gift. I'm so used to dual storylines that getting one with three storylines feels li

    The first book I read by Sarah Maine was

    and I was blown away by the wonderful story and the atmospheric setting. I was eager to find out if

    would be as good. And it was!

    To be able to effortlessly write a book with three different storylines without confusing or making any of the storylines less interesting than the others is a gift and I think that Sarah Maine has this gift. I'm so used to dual storylines that getting one with three storylines feels like an oddity, in a good way.

  • Jeanne Adamek

    3.5 stars

  • Guylou

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Atria Book for providing me an ARC of

    by Sarah Maine in exchange for an honest review.

    The story goes back and forth between three timelines which described the lives of three women. The first timeline is about a Norsewoman in the ninth century named Ulla who escaped her evil Viking husband with her lover and sailed to Scotland. There, Ulla meets a monk upon her arrival and asks him to help to save her lover who was seriously wounded. Her lov

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Atria Book for providing me an ARC of

    by Sarah Maine in exchange for an honest review.

    The story goes back and forth between three timelines which described the lives of three women. The first timeline is about a Norsewoman in the ninth century named Ulla who escaped her evil Viking husband with her lover and sailed to Scotland. There, Ulla meets a monk upon her arrival and asks him to help to save her lover who was seriously wounded. Her lover dies, but a legend is birthed.

    The second timeline is about a Scottish servant woman in the nineteenth century named Ellen who lived on the estate where the legend of Ulla was born. Ellen is obsessed with Ulla’s story. She ends up leaving Scotland and moving to Newfoundland, but never forgot the legend and passed it on to her daughter who passed it on to her grand-daughter, Libby.

    The last timeline is about Libby, a young archeologist in the twenty-first century. Libby finds the perfect job; she is hired as a lead archeologist on a project which will take place in the birthplace of her grandmother. The project is to dig a mound where, it is believed, Ulla’s lover was buried. In preparation for the dig, Libby visits the site and discovers that the mound hides many secrets which could change everything she heard about the legend.

    This is a fantastic read. The book has all the elements of a great story: love, betrayal, murder, and forgiveness. This book will be available at your favorite bookstore on July 24, 2018.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

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    The description of this book captivated me. My alter ego in college enjoyed archaeological digs, so I’m up for anything with an excavation, multiple timelines, and history.

    Women of the Dunes is told in three timelines, including a Norsewoman in the 9th century, a 19th century woman, and a contemporary archaeologist, Libby. A Scottish island, Ullanessm, draws people to it with its ancient stories and myths, including the main characters

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    The description of this book captivated me. My alter ego in college enjoyed archaeological digs, so I’m up for anything with an excavation, multiple timelines, and history.

    Women of the Dunes is told in three timelines, including a Norsewoman in the 9th century, a 19th century woman, and a contemporary archaeologist, Libby. A Scottish island, Ullanessm, draws people to it with its ancient stories and myths, including the main characters. How the three timelines intersect is natural and fulfilling.

    The author has clearly done impeccable research, and her own background in archaeology shows. In the end, this is an interesting tale of betrayal, murder, love, and redemption, shrouded in a cozy, easy-to-read, comforting historical mystery.

    Thank you to Sarah Maines, Atria Books, and Netgalley for the copy.

  • Tami

    I wish I had read this about a month earlier during the time I was visiting Scotland because it would have made a wonderful story even better! Sarah Maine has written an engrossing tale of an old Scottish myth, complete with a dig for buried treasure, a budding romance, murder and mystery.

    The story centers around Libby Snow, a young archaeologist who becomes involved in an excavation on a Scottish island that also has a connection to her own family history.

    The story is told in the form of three

    I wish I had read this about a month earlier during the time I was visiting Scotland because it would have made a wonderful story even better! Sarah Maine has written an engrossing tale of an old Scottish myth, complete with a dig for buried treasure, a budding romance, murder and mystery.

    The story centers around Libby Snow, a young archaeologist who becomes involved in an excavation on a Scottish island that also has a connection to her own family history.

    The story is told in the form of three different time periods, slowly weaving the ancient legend together and revealing the truth about the past.

    I looked forward to reading this each day and it is definitely one of my favorite reads this year. It had everything to offer that I love about historical fiction. Mystery and history lovers will enjoy this as well.

    Many thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for allowing me to read an advance copy and give an honest review.

  • Kendall

    Women of the Dunes is a beautifully written historical tale about treasures, mysteries, murder, and even a little bit of a romance.

    The story is told in three alternating viewpoints which includes a Norsewoman in the 9th century, a 19th century woman, and Libby who is an archaeologist. The story slowly but beautifully connects the three timelines together.

    The author effortlessly builds upon her research and experience in this historical tale which heightens the story even more.

    And.. let me just

    Women of the Dunes is a beautifully written historical tale about treasures, mysteries, murder, and even a little bit of a romance.

    The story is told in three alternating viewpoints which includes a Norsewoman in the 9th century, a 19th century woman, and Libby who is an archaeologist. The story slowly but beautifully connects the three timelines together.

    The author effortlessly builds upon her research and experience in this historical tale which heightens the story even more.

    And.. let me just say how much I want to go to Scotland now! The metaphors and visualization in this novel is amazing!

    In all.... this was an enjoyable read with a cozy mystery at it's finest! I read this in a day... so that must tell you something ;).

    3.5 stars rounded up.

    Thank you so much to Netgalley and Atria for the advanced arc in exchange for a honest review.

    Published to GR: 7/17/18

    Publication date: 7/24/18

  • Sofia

    Well, I was quite curious about this one. Love the name and the cover.

    It's a bit slowed pace for me,but I enjoyed reading it.

    It's narrated through 3 different times. But I didn't really understand why sometimes in same chapter it showed to times. I didn't fell right, I read 2 similar books in terms of construction this year and I kind of compared them unconsciously I suppose.

    It's a mystery.

    You don't understand if there's a slow burn romance going on or just some complicity happening. It's strang

    Well, I was quite curious about this one. Love the name and the cover.

    It's a bit slowed pace for me,but I enjoyed reading it.

    It's narrated through 3 different times. But I didn't really understand why sometimes in same chapter it showed to times. I didn't fell right, I read 2 similar books in terms of construction this year and I kind of compared them unconsciously I suppose.

    It's a mystery.

    You don't understand if there's a slow burn romance going on or just some complicity happening. It's strange. 

    Sure, it is a historical novel, with what seems to be a repeating pattern.

    To me it was okay, although it has potential.

  • Erin

    Well, I was quite excited to receive this story after being refused a copy of Sarah Maine's earlier book,

    . Whoever designs the covers for Maine's books should know they are stunning and suit her stories well. However I am feeling(surprisingly) lukewarm over my reading experience. The writing is strong, the multi narrative, an intriguing story, but the

    and the pagan story was probably the most

    Well, I was quite excited to receive this story after being refused a copy of Sarah Maine's earlier book,

    . Whoever designs the covers for Maine's books should know they are stunning and suit her stories well. However I am feeling(surprisingly) lukewarm over my reading experience. The writing is strong, the multi narrative, an intriguing story, but the

    and the pagan story was probably the most fascinating and yet often played second fiddle to the contemporary storyline and that of 1890 which didn't always hold my full attention. Maybe it is me, the heat, or my itchy bug bites, but this was a real hit and miss.

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