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Ancient Tide Paperback – April 27, 2017
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From the Author
This book is the culmination of three years of writing. It's been a labour of love. Words can't express how delighted I am with the finished product. I know this is a fabulous read.
About the Author
Simon Harding is an Anglo-Australian author. A great writer can set you free, make you feel good about the world. They can make you laugh and cry. They can take you to places you don't expect. For there is a magic in the way that words are weaved together.
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The author has an obvious talent for writing as evidenced by this paragraph -
'...The ghosts of history haunted her very existence. They seized any unoccupied second and burst from their archive into her consciousness, distracting her from even the most menial of tasks. At night time, they ran riot as their vivid tales commandeered her subconscious and transported her through centuries, though whatever the age and irrespective of the setting, the outcome was always the same. What she carried was a burden of love and loss, hope and despair. But it was the love that made that millstone worth carrying...'
This book is filled with impressively well written descriptions of places, events and emotions and is a pleasure to read.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will look for more by Simon Harding. Highly recommended!
I can pay no greater compliment than if you're going to buy a book, buy this one. You'll love it!
As inherited memories drift into her consciousness, Lauren discovers that she is fated to be with James, a young executive who is subsequently drawn to her like a moth to a flame.
Naturally, things don’t quite go to plan and the star-crossed lovers are as inexorably linked to tragedy as they are to each other.
Harding writes with a lot of heart and soul. This is a début novel and he conjures up an intriguing fable of unconsummated love, missed opportunities and a spiteful rage that recurs through a succession of centuries.
Ancient Tide, Simon Harding’s debut novel is brilliantly written. Mr. Harding executes his words beautifully and in such a poetic manner that I find him to be a literary genius and master of the English language. I found myself rereading many sentences to capture the simple nature of their poetic beauty. Not only is the story one that grabs your attention from the moment you open the book, but also this author writes with such ease that his words flow with a fluid freshness that paints a most lovely portrait for the reader to enjoy.
The reader finds that she knows the characters within a few chapters after they are introduced as their innermost thoughts and feelings are revealed concisely. This line from Ancient Tide is succinct and one that I have to smile and shake my head in amazement, as I reread it here. This one simple sentence from Ancient Tide encompasses a whirlwind of emotions. “Eventually the pregnant pause between them ran its full term and an image began to incubate inside James’ head demanding nurture.” “Wow!” was my response, the first time I read it and it is my same response today.
Not only does the reader get engrossed in the ease with which this author formulates and executes his words, but in the story itself. I found myself reading faster and faster the further I got into this book in order to find out what will happen next.
I had a torrid love affair with this book during my reading. And I am still in love. Ancient Tide sits proudly on my shelf with my favorite books from authors I admire. I highly recommend this novel to any reader or writer, especially those that love the English language. I am in awe of this writer’s abilities. Simon Harding is, simply put, a master.
This is one of those novels that you cannot put down, and leaves you wondering what you will find the next time that you continue reading it.
The narrative in the book is incredible, with a level of detail that is truly remarkable, helping to transport the reader to each setting.
The level of emotion intensifies with each passing chapter, to reach a crescendo that lives up to the expectation generated throughout the book.
A really enjoyable read that leaves me looking forward for the next Simon Harding book, and I am very happy to recommend to all people that love a good book.
In the famous words of Molly Meldrum, do yourself a favour and buy this book you won't be disappointed.