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Posted January 25, 2014
The Tide Mill is a beautifully crafted and very moving immersion into the lives of two families in England during the reign of Henry III. Herley brought me right into the mind of a Baron of the realm, trying to manage an increasingly penniless manor and his family. At the same time he introduces the family of a proud shipwright, a freeman and his family, especially his gifted son. The two families become deeply connected through a courageous act of the young freeman which eventually brings him into the sphere of the Baron's youngest daughter. Their love is tragically star-crossed, and what might seem to be a typical story is so skillfully woven through the tapestry of the time and the construction of a highly controversial technology -- the tide mill of the tile, it seems completely fresh. The idea of the young freeman, the mill It pits the Baron against not only the Bishop, but against his ability to absorb a risk of everything he owns. The author is very thorough in his depiction of life within the manor hall, all the way into the tiny parlor of the freeman's cottage, the texture and the emotions of all the interconnected characters feel immediate and completely honest, right down to the very satisfying conclusion. This is as great a masterwork in Historical Fiction as I have had the pleasure to read. I've always been a tinkerer myself, and was particularly taken by the detailed passages describing the construction of the mill itself. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in the period and wonderful prose.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 12, 2012
Richard Herley has a way with words and bringing you into the land, culture, or area he is writing about. There are some common themes; but definitely not predictable. Characters have true depth and it is easy to connect with them and understand what motivates them. I have enjoyed every book Herley has written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2011
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