The Essex Serpent, by Sarah Perry
I have been waiting for a while to read this book!
I first heard about in February or March this year. The first thing that caught my eye was the beautiful cover.
The story sounded intriguing; I love books about unconventional female characters. Cora Seaborne is certainly that.
I got a copy the day it came out, and I read the first twenty five pages or so and I cant wait to fully give it my attention. Unfortunately I have a TBR a mile long that I’m trying to get through. Not really unfortunately, but I’m currently reading three books already and those are good too.
I am currently reading…
- The Salt Houses, by Hala Alyan
- Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas
- (Listening to:) The Crown’s Game, by Evelyn Skye
This will definitely be in my next batch of books. I try to “read” three books at a time; one on my kindle/nook, listen to one on audio, and one in hard copy.
This would be great to check books off my TBR quickly, buuuuuttttt…I keep buying and borrowing more books
Set in Victorian London and an Essex village in the 1890’s, and enlivened by the debates on scientific and medical discovery which defined the era, The Essex Serpent has at its heart the story of two extraordinary people who fall for each other, but not in the usual way.
They are Cora Seaborne and Will Ransome. Cora is a well-to-do London widow who moves to the Essex parish of Aldwinter, and Will is the local vicar. They meet as their village is engulfed by rumours that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming human lives, has returned. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced the beast may be a real undiscovered species. But Will sees his parishioners’ agitation as a moral panic, a deviation from true faith. Although they can agree on absolutely nothing, as the seasons turn around them in this quiet corner of England, they find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart.
Told with exquisite grace and intelligence, this novel is most of all a celebration of love, and the many different guises it can take.
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