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.My 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.