Romeo and Juliet

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

And so it is in The Tide Series; two dark and tragic tales told over eight centuries. The story of a love as incendiary as that of Shakespeare’s legendary lovers of Verona.

As an author, I find the subject of love such a fascinating one. There’s something incredible about the joy, the apprehension, the electricity that fires between two lovers. But what the Tide series explores is the flip-side. The desperation felt by two lovers kept apart. And there, in that very anguish, lies the essence of the story.

The inspiration comes from the Spanish legend of the Lovers of Teruel. A tragic tale that harks back to the thirteenth century, some three hundred years before Shakespeare penned the story of Romeo and Juliet. And their love has indeed lived on, celebrated to this day in the small city of Teruel in the province of Aragon. The two lovers, Diego de Marcilla and Isabel de Segura lie buried together in the Church of San Pedro. Their tombs side by side. Their hands reaching out to each other forlornly. Destined never to touch.

It is from that image that the story of Ancient Tide – and its sequel Enduring Tide – were born. Around it, I’ve weaved a complex story, centred around the strength of their love. Over a period of eight hundred years, it asks the simple question.

What if their love was so strong that it survived them? 

The Tide Series is a veritable Pandora’s Box, ready to unleash a vast swathe of emotions on you as you lift the lid and delve deeper and deeper into the story. You won’t be disappointed. Check out the books here and on Amazon. And if you like them, please leave a review so that others can share in the magic too.

Simon Harding

November 2017

Ancient Tide
Enduring Tide

The story of a love so strong it refuses to die