The Tides Between

The Tides Between

by Elizabeth Jane Corbett

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ISBN-13: 9781925652222
Publisher: Odyssey Books
Publication date: 10/18/2017
Pages: 306
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

When Elizabeth Jane Corbett isn't writing, she works as a librarian, teaches Welsh at the Melbourne Celtic Club, writes reviews and articles for the Historical Novel Society and blogs at elizabethjanecorbett.com. In 2009, her short-story, Beyond the Blackout Curtain, won the Bristol Short Story Prize. Another, Silent Night, was short listed for the Allan Marshall Short Story Award. An early draft of her debut novel, The Tides Between, was shortlisted for a HarperCollins Varuna manuscript development award. Elizabeth lives with her husband, Andrew, in a renovated timber cottage in Melbourne's inner-north. She likes red shoes, dark chocolate, commuter cycling, and reading quirky, character driven novels set once-upon-a-time in lands far, far away.

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The Tides Between 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Faerytalemegan More than 1 year ago
“The Tides Between” by Elizabeth Jane Corbett is a multi-layered coming of age novel. I was interested in reviewing this book when I read the description and saw that fairy tales are involved. Obviously, from my blog name, I am a lover of fairy tales. This isn’t your typical fairy tale, but a very realistic story that incorporates fairy tales in a fascinating way. Ms. Corbett tells the story of Bridie, who along with her mother and step father, is on an immigrant vessel travelling from London to Australia in 1841. “The Tides Between” does a great job of showing the reality of what life is like on the ship and the harsh conditions the passengers have to deal with. It is so realistic; I often found some parts hard to read. This realism is a good contrast to Bridie’s fairy tales. There are a lot of hard topics and tough situations in this story. Bridie and her new friend Rhys use fairy tales and imagination to help each other through the voyage. This really goes along with the quote I have as the header on my blog by G.K. Chesterton: “Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” I also love this quote from “The Tides Between”: “Fairy tales aren’t nonsense…they help us understand our lives.” This is why the world needs stories, fairy tales and legends and Ms. Corbett conveys that truth so well through her own story! There are so many great themes woven into the fabric of Ms. Corbett’s story. Bridie learns about people–how they are complex and that everyone has their own burdens to carry and problems to face. But we can also help one another and don’t have to face hardship alone. Ms. Corbett does an amazing job of depicting grief and the way one processes it. Lastly, Ms. Corbett shows that sometimes as we get older, the hardships of life crowd in and we lose ourselves, our innate sense of wonder and the magic of life. Often stories can help us to find ourselves and the wonder of life again. By reading about the courage of others, we can find the strength within ourselves to face the battles and hardships that life throws at us. Content: I give this book a PG-13 rating and would only recommend it to adults. This is a very realistic story. There are a lot of minor swear words. The Lord’s name is taken in vain. There is alcohol and alcoholics. There is a character with PTSD. There is physical abuse. There is talk about a woman’s menstrual cycle. There is talk about magic and curses. There is an affair. There is mention of sex, things related to sex and one brief sex scene (without a lot of detail). There is talk of a father forcing himself on his daughter. Rating: I give this book 4 stars. Genre: Historical Fiction I want to thank Elizabeth Jane Corbett, Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and Odyssey Books for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Tides Between is the fabulous debut by Elizabeth Jane Corbett. I enjoyed getting to know Bridie throughout the book. I found the storyline to be quite unique, weaving magical tales with the beauty of learning how to redeem oneself. I was captivated from the start until the very end. I had no problem finishing it in just a few hours. I most definitely will be looking forward to more by Elizabeth Jane Corbett in the future. 5 stars. I received this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Mark ODwyer More than 1 year ago
"When the night is dark and the wind blows hard and shadows overwhelm you – there are always stories." This beautiful story is about stories themselves: how our need and understanding of the stories we hear changes through the prism of our own experiences. It’s about how we make of our lives our own stories. It’s about the hopes and dreams and foibles of utterly believable characters, Bridie, Sian, Rhys, Ma and Alf. And it’s about, I think, the tides tugging members of families, failed marriages, blended families, past traumas, grief, and the dead remembered, and how all these shape ourselves. If you also like folklore and Celtic mysticism, and enjoy a meticulously researched historical novel, you too will love this fine novel. In 1841 Bridie Stewart voyages in steerage with her mother and stepfather from London to the colony of Port Phillip, Victoria. (From the Blurb) ‘Desperate to save her childhood, fifteen-year-old Bridie is determined to smuggle a notebook filled with her father’s fairy tales to the far side of the world. When Rhys Bevan, a soft-voiced young storyteller .. realises Bridie is hiding something, a magical friendship is born. But Rhys has his own secrets.’ "If there wasn’t a single girl in the colony over the age of sixteen that meant girls were courting at the age of fifteen – her age .. There would be no time for wishes then, Ma said, no time for stories – only a long dark future without music or magic or fairies.” I had to read on, had to know: is that dreary future all she can expect, all that anyone can expect in the end as the stark hardships of life strike home? Are stories and songs all nonsense, and the world drained of any kind of magic? Certain novels strike different readers in different ways, of course, as all stories must. For me, and I do not say this lightly, the voyage I took in the company of these people was near perfection. It was all I want when I read. I recommend also reading, and hearing, the fascinating support material on Elizabeth Jane Corbett’s website. You learn how this novel evolved in the authors mind, a journey that even led her to learn the tongue of the Welsh. You can hear how the Welsh words that appear in the story are pronounced, and also hear, hauntingly sung by Karla Quadara, The Song of Ianto’s Grief.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. The immediate appeal to me was that it revolved around Welsh folklore and even had snippets of Welsh in it (best yet, totally correct Welsh and not the usual Google Translate booboos), but it’s so much more than that. It’s set in the steerage of an emigrant ship headed from London to Australia, poorer people from the UK are heading out for what they hope will be a better life with more opportunities, they all have different reasons for the journey but they all share the same hopes for freedom from poverty. Cramped in the steerage compartment without relief from the conditions, they suffer from all the afflictions you’d expect – claustrophobia, seasickness and typhus. The dynamics between the different people below decks are very real, they do snap at each other but they try their best to get along. The story is told from the perspective of Bridie, a teenage girl who has lost her father and is unhappy that her mother is remarried and now pregnant. She’s moody and stubborn but when she meets a Welsh couple on board the ship, they help her see the world through different eyes through the sharing of folktales and general sensible-ness. This book is a tearjerker, so much so that I regretted reading it in work but couldn’t put it down… thankfully nobody caught me having a little sniffle to myself. Corbett has written her story and characters beautifully, she’s done her homework about the period in time and the cultures involved so it feels to real – my favourite part is that she manages to show the place that fairytales have in our lives, even when we’re meant to be ‘grown up’.
Elizabeth Foster More than 1 year ago
The Tides Between is an immersive, well-crafted and beautifully written story with great characterisation and vivid prose. I felt every surging wave and creak aboard the Lady Sophia, the vessel on which almost all of the novel takes place. The journey from England to Australia is difficult, conditions are cramped, and morale is low. Enter Rhys, a dreamer and storyteller, well-versed in the fairy tales of his homeland of Wales. He brings with him stories of witches, magic lakes, bards, dragons and cursed births. However, these ancient stories offer much more than mere escapism: the characters within the tales act as foils for the free settlers, bringing them face to face with their traumatic pasts. “It’s not the stories that are at fault. Or that we were foolish to believe. Only that we must learn to see with different eyes.” The fairy tales entwined throughout the story mirror and reflect the struggles of the main characters, especially Bridie and Rhys, who grapple with long-held secrets. In the case of fifteen-year-old Bridie, who is mourning the loss of her father and refusing to accept her new step-dad, the struggle is a particularly painful one. The use of story to help her make sense of the world was one of my favourite parts of the novel. The Tides Between is a deeply layered and skilfully told novel – a fantastic debut.