Maddie, her husband Ellis and their best friend Hank are three socialites living it up during World War II in Philadelphia. They spend their evenings playing pranks and drinking copious amounts of alcohol at all the right parties. Hank is a philanderer. Ellis is a momma’s boy whose only true aspiration is being rich. While Maddie is quiet, obedient and willing to go along with Hank and Ellis on all of their adventures. But then they take it all a step too far, becoming an embarrassment to their family Ellis and Maddie are cut off. In an attempt to get back into Ellis’s parent’s good graces they set off on an expedition to Scotland to find the Loch Ness Monster.
While they are there the boys run off to do lord knows what, leaving Maddie to get to know the locals. She becomes friends with a handful of the Inn’s employees. She soon finds that the monsters aren’t always where you expect.
A lot of the reviews that I have seen so far compare this book to “Water for Elephants.” Though Sara’s distinct voice is in this, it can’t be compared to that story because it’s a much different book.
Hank and Ellis are awful and by awful I mean, these characters were horrid human beings. Completely selfish, disrespectful and immature. Maddie at the beginning of the book was just like them. She was just as awful, just as immature and incredibly weak. It wasn’t until she started to experience life of the normal person and was befriended by the Scottish girls that she gained her strength. What I loved the most about this book is the character development of Sara. She grows and changes so much through the story that I kept wanting to read just so that I could see her grow.
The downside of the book is the love story. It wasn’t strong enough in my opinion, I would have liked to have seen more of the attraction. However, every other story line seemed to be secondary to Sara’s growth and the events going on around her were compelling enough to keep me interested.