Best friends Hank and Ellis decide to go on a great adventure from Philadelphia to Scotland after Ellis is cut off from his father's estate. Of course, Maddie, Ellis' wife, can't be left behind, so the three of them travel through war torn waters to Scotland to try and prove that the Loch Ness monster is real to get back in Ellis' father's good graces. While there, Maddie is often left behind on the adventures and soon strikes out on her own. In this book that is full of heart and soul, she discovers what life truly is like after being sheltered her entire life. Once her eyes are opened, she has to decide how to live out the rest of her life. When I first picked up At the Water's Edge, I was under the misconception that this was just another World War II novel. I was greatly mistaken. This novel is about adventure, romance, and coming-of-age. I read this entire novel in one sitting because I simply could not put it down. The writing is so beautiful it wraps you up and doesn't let you go, much like the Loch Ness monster. Maddie is ridiculous at times in the story, but aren't we all? She's one of the most real characters I've had the pleasure of reading about. Highly recommended for anyone who loves historical fiction.
While her brother, Ellis, and his friend try to find the Loch Ness monster in an attempt to get back into her father's good graces, Maddie is left on her own in World War II-era Scotland and experiences a social awakening.