Books by Mary Stewart

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Wildfire at Midnight

Mary Stewart is truly one of the greats. Her books, with their practical heroines and often exotic settings, appeal to the imagination, and she has a way of building tension throughout her narratives in such a way that it reels the reader in easily. Her writing has not only inspired all manner of ro ...

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My Brother Michael

Have you ever been to Delphi, Greece? It’s a truly magical, mystical place. Whatever your own religious persuasion is, there you’ll find it very easy to feel close to a higher being, and understand perfectly well why the Greeks built a sanctuary for Apollo on that very mountainside. The novel th ...

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Madam, Will You Talk?

Madam, Will You Talk? may very well be the very first grown-up romance I ever read. I had crept into the grown-up department of the public library in secret, because I was supposed to look after my younger siblings over in the children’s department, and had to grab books quickly. No idea how I cam ...

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Wildfire at Midnight

Needing a break from her busy London modeling career, Gianetta Drury goes to the Isle of Skye to stay at the Camas Fhionnaridh Hotel (pronounced Camasunary – I love Gaelic). At first glance, the hotel and its misty surrounds are ideally remote from London's hullabaloo. But our heroine soon learns ...

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The Ivy Tree

If you're like me, you feel a bit smug when your page 30-hypothesis turns out to be true. But you also count it a huge bonus that you enjoyed the book nonetheless. Mary Grey is enjoying a day's rest by Hadrian's Wall when she is suddenly accosted by a handsome stranger, Connor Winslow, who mistak ...

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Nine Coaches Waiting

I have a confession to make: I used to think Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart a prime example of a Guilty Pleasure. Very well written, but verging on melodrama, and thus only to be enjoyed with a touch of embarrassment. Rereading it for the purpose of this review, I realized I couldn’t have be ...

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Touch Not the Cat

I always keep a fairly sizeable list of books that I want to buy. I don't purchase them straight away online because I love the little thrill I get when I find something I've been looking for awhile. The other day I came across a copy of Touch Not the Cat in a thrift store and I got to experience t ...