Mass Market Paperback ´ Thornyhold ePUB µ

Thornyhold❴KINDLE❵ ❃ Thornyhold Author Mary Stewart – Varanus.us This old fashioned gothic romance is as good as they get When Gilly s witch aunt leaves Thornyhold to her, a house in the middle of the woods, Gilly finds that she has inherited far than she realized This old fashioned gothic romance is as good as they get When Gilly s witch aunt leaves Thornyhold to her, a house in the middle of the woods, Gilly finds that she has inherited far than she realized Along with the house comes a cat, a still room filled with herbs and a missing recipe book , an attic chamber with carrier pigeons who have secret messages , and an attractive neighbor whose young son offers the sacred and unique blessing of friendship But Thornyhold possesses far than even these simple offerings The place itself seems to convoke otherworldly gifts as well Gilly cultivates the abilities to heal and to foresee the future once she makes Thornyhold her home.

Mass Market Paperback  ´ Thornyhold ePUB µ
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 289 pages
  • Thornyhold
  • Mary Stewart
  • English
  • 15 September 2019
  • 0449217124

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  1. says:

    Next up group read with the Mary Stewart group, October 2019.This is maybe 3.75 stars for me, but if I m judging it just as a comfort read, that and my general love for all things Mary Stewart push it to a solid 4 stars Mary Stewart perhaps inspired by her Merlin books that she d been writing wrote this sweet romance with a dash of magical realism, as our heroine dabbles in white magic of the hedgewitch variety, like crystal balls and potions Thornyhold is also a charming ode to the English Next up group read with the Mary Stewart group, October 2019.This is maybe 3.75 stars for me, but if I m judging it just as a comfort read, that and my general love for all things Mary Stewart push it to a solid 4 stars Mary Stewart perhaps inspired by her Merlin books that she d been writing wrote this sweet romance with a dash of magical realism, as our heroine dabbles in white magic of the hedgewitch variety, like crystal balls and potions Thornyhold is also a charming ode to the English country life and the healing that a lovely old home can bring to your life Thornyhold is on a slightly different wavelength than Stewart s earlier romantic suspense novels although there are both a mystery and a romance in this book, both are somewhat understated This book centers around a charming, soul satisfying place where a young woman can finally find herself, and the plot islocation driven than action driven In any case Mary Stewart s penchant for lengthy, lovingly detailed descriptions of scenery is in full bloom here, so to speak The main character, Geillis Jilly , is very sympathetic the first three chapters relate her lonely childhood, with a distant father and harsh mother Jilly s life is lightened only by the periodic appearances of her older cousin Geillis, who brings a breath of fresh air, love, a little white magic, and encouragement Cousin Geillis shows young Jilly a baby insect, a nymph, that lives at the bottom of the pond in the dark, and feeds on whatever it can get, till one day it finds it can climb out into the light, and grow its wings, and fly Another nymph, another way, another day But these lovely stolen moments with cousin Geillis are few and far between, and by the time Jilly Geillis reaches adulthood in the fourth chapter I was desperately hoping for her to find some happiness Luckily for both me and Geillis, she inherits Thornyhold from her cousin, which is where she finally finds herself and discovers love This love isn t just romantic love it slove for a home and a place where Geillis can truly find herself.Thornyhold is a lovely old home, with antique furnishings It was a big kitchen, old fashioned but well enough planned, and after the vicarage kitchen, a delight Instead of our vast black Eagle range there was a cream coloured Aga, nestling under the old mantelpiece as if it had been built with the house Opposite the fireplace was a tall dresser with rows of pretty plates in white and powder blue, with cups to match hanging along the fronts of the shelves a still room with medicines and herbsAnd there s a cat named Hodge, who comes with the home not to mention a friendly young neighbor boy and his single father Drama is supplied by a neighborhood woman who dabbles in witchcraft and hides her jealousy toward Geillis under a layer of overfriendliness This is a gentle, thoughtful, feel good tale with just a little romance and a dash of mostly white witchcraft In general I love Mary Stewart s earlier,suspenseful readsthan her later books, but this one is a nice comfort read and one I m happy to revisit every few years.Buddy reads with the Mary Stewart group


  2. says:

    Those readers who love the vivid, lyrical prose of Stewart s novels shouldn t be disappointed in this offering, although be warned, it does differ from her earlier works Thornyhold is asubtle and contemplative story then you might be used to when it comes to reading Stewart After all, she was in her 70 s when she wrote this, and I imagine she was harkening back to her youth while penning Thornyhold Generally absent is the suspense and romance so magically woven throughout in The Moonspi Those readers who love the vivid, lyrical prose of Stewart s novels shouldn t be disappointed in this offering, although be warned, it does differ from her earlier works Thornyhold is asubtle and contemplative story then you might be used to when it comes to reading Stewart After all, she was in her 70 s when she wrote this, and I imagine she was harkening back to her youth while penning Thornyhold Generally absent is the suspense and romance so magically woven throughout in The Moonspinners, Madam, Will You Talk or This Rough Magic Instead, there is a magic of another kind here a gentle, hearth and home loving tale of a house well loved and much desired, and an ode to the beauty of a time and place now gone but fondly remembered by the author I can t really put into words how much this story affected me It was as if Stewart had looked into my heart much like cousin Geillis looked into Gilly s heart and provided the nourishment for her soul that she craved and Stewart did the same for me with Thornyhold


  3. says:

    Would it seem a little too precious if I said this book is bewitching Seriously, it is Thornyhold itself is so charming and alluring, with hidden staircases in cupboard doors and walled gardens in varying states of disarray It had a mediaeval look, like the jewelled, out of perspective illuminations in a tale like The Romance of the Rose Within the irregular circle of ancient walls and vegetable plot someone, a long time ago, had made a garden within a garden At its center stood a well, anc Would it seem a little too precious if I said this book is bewitching Seriously, it is Thornyhold itself is so charming and alluring, with hidden staircases in cupboard doors and walled gardens in varying states of disarray It had a mediaeval look, like the jewelled, out of perspective illuminations in a tale like The Romance of the Rose Within the irregular circle of ancient walls and vegetable plot someone, a long time ago, had made a garden within a garden At its center stood a well, ancient and canopied, and knee deep in bushes of lavender and sage and lady s love Conjures up every lovely English garden I have ever adored, from the childhood haunts of Frances Hodgson Burnett to the other Cornwall beauties of Rosamunde Pilcher I wish nothingthan to know all the plants and their uses when I visit a garden with Stewart I can see her explosions of color and smell delicious fragrances on the gentle winds.There is a strong theme of connections to nature that runs through this novel Geillis Ramsey is in tune with her surroundings, including the animals that share her world The cat, Hodge, and the dog, Rags, are central to the story and add much to how affected we are by the human characters I am a huge believer in being able to judge a person s true worth by how they treat animals and small children.The undercurrent of witchcraft and that creepy, uncomfortable feeling that makes you fear for the central character but which you cannot quite get a hold on are supremely done It is a short tale and not one that can be discussed in any depth without ruining the story for others, so I will not elaborate I will say that if anything disappoints it is that the punishment does not, in the end, fit the crime.Thank you so much, Mary Stewart, for all the joy you have brought to my life I have been losing myself in your stories since I was a girl, and I always feel at home the moment I open the book and stroll into an English world that I have never seen but that fills me with familiarity and nostalgia none the less


  4. says:

    Ha I m sick at the moment and accidentally deleted this review Fortunately I had already posted the review on my blog.So here it is again, folks 2.5 Well it was better than Stormy Petrel, but still fell short of the mark for me.The beginning, although sad and depressing was well written I felt for the lonely child that Jilly was and loved the relationship with her fairy godmother , Geillis.And as always, Lady Stewart creates a wonderful sense of place, vividly described people I m intere Ha I m sick at the moment and accidentally deleted this review Fortunately I had already posted the review on my blog.So here it is again, folks 2.5 Well it was better than Stormy Petrel, but still fell short of the mark for me.The beginning, although sad and depressing was well written I felt for the lonely child that Jilly was and loved the relationship with her fairy godmother , Geillis.And as always, Lady Stewart creates a wonderful sense of place, vividly described people I m interested in life in post war Britain with all the frustrating hardships and food shortages.I was fine with the magic realism element.But this book shares the same major fault that Stormy Petrel has, where Lady Stewart seems to head towards a major plot point and then backs away For me the instalove was extreme and for a very anonymous hero who also appears to be a negligent father I really liked Rose Cottage, but Lady Stewart s other two cottage books aren t for me Even Rose Cottage I m unlikely to reread It wasn t really relevant to the story, but I m glad that Lady S introduced me to the poet Sidney Keyes Did she know him Or as a well read woman, did she decide to use her influence with her readership to stop this young man, who was killed in WW2, from fading into obscurity.A sample poem that Keyes wrote about the grandfather who raised him.Elegy In memoriam SKK April again, and it s a year againSince you walked out and slammed the doorLeaving us tangled in your words Your brainLives in the bank book and your eyes look upLaughing from the carpet on the floor And we still drink from your silver cup.It is a year again since they pouredThe dumb ground into your mouth And yet we know, by some recurring wordOr look caught unawares, that you still driveOur thoughts like the smart cobs of your youth When you and the world were alive.A year again, and we have fallen on bad timesSince they gave you to the worms.I am ashamed to take delight in these rhymesWithout grief but you need no tears.We shall never forget nor escape you, nor make termsWith your enemies, the swift departing years.Keyes was only 16 when he wrote this Sixteen A remarkable talent was lost Best poetry I have read this year 5


  5. says:

    4.5 starsA lovely reread of an old favorite.a lonely, unloved child with a godmother known as a healer and white witch inherits Thornyhold when the old woman passes away A gentle, quiet tale of a young woman s transformation as the magic of her country sanctuary and her love of all creatures great and small lead her to find happiness and love Pure poetry.


  6. says:

    This is simple perfection in descriptive poetic writing Not earth shattering or life changing, just a magical ride to another time and place chock full of imagery and tactile experience If you enjoy exploration of nature and and discovery of nooks and crannies in historical old estates, quirky mysterious characters, with a little witchery thrown in, this is for you The characters are colorfully drawn and feel real all the way down to the animals and birds There are many quaint phrases that I This is simple perfection in descriptive poetic writing Not earth shattering or life changing, just a magical ride to another time and place chock full of imagery and tactile experience If you enjoy exploration of nature and and discovery of nooks and crannies in historical old estates, quirky mysterious characters, with a little witchery thrown in, this is for you The characters are colorfully drawn and feel real all the way down to the animals and birds There are many quaint phrases that I really enjoyed I assume they are typical of the era and place 1940s, England Interesting that this was written in the 1980s it has such a wonderful vintage feel But Mary Stewart is of another era so she really handles this time period so well We see the heroine evolve from a child with a troubled, bleak childhood to a woman who discovers herself through the inherited property of her elder cousin and godmother who s special talents encourage her to recognize her own We ve got the insta love thing here again seems to be a thing in Stewart s novels It wasn t quite as unbelievable as in the others I read because there was a little magic or purposeful direction involved that made some sense, so I ll take it I actually wish this had been longer 4.5


  7. says:

    I loved this book The setting of Thornyhold is post WWII England Young Geillis, known as Jilly has had a quietly miserable vicarage childhood raised by a stern mother and a gentle Vicar father Her sad childhood is occasionally relieved by visits from her mother s Cousin Geillis, a world traveler, herbalist, and Jilly s sponsor godmother Jilly is gentle, intelligent and lonely, and the infrequent visits from Cousin Geillis have a magical quality for the lonely child Cousin Geillis pays her sc I loved this book The setting of Thornyhold is post WWII England Young Geillis, known as Jilly has had a quietly miserable vicarage childhood raised by a stern mother and a gentle Vicar father Her sad childhood is occasionally relieved by visits from her mother s Cousin Geillis, a world traveler, herbalist, and Jilly s sponsor godmother Jilly is gentle, intelligent and lonely, and the infrequent visits from Cousin Geillis have a magical quality for the lonely child Cousin Geillis pays her school fees, so she is sent away to school and then to university When her mother dies, Jilly has to leave the university early to look after her newly widowed father, and when he dies she finds herself with no money and no job The timely inheritance of Cousin Geillis cottage, Thornyhold, gives her new hope for her lonely life The solicitors also inform her that her cousin has left her enough money to live on, together with all of Thornyhold s furniture contents and Hodge, the cottage cat Those contents include the still room filled with herbs, potions and books and, Jilly also discovers, Cousin Geillis s reputation as a witch and a healer Gilly settles in to Thornyhold and her life begins to change My thoughts Geillis Ramsey is not Mary Stewart s typical heroine, the career girl on vacation who stumbles into a mystery and danger Geillis is alone in the world, gentle, reflective artistic, and lacking in self confidence At Thornyhold, she must deal with finding her place in this new community and the new people she meets who will change her life forever, Mrs Trapp, Jessamy, William, and Christopher John As usual, Mary Stewart s writing is lyrical Her descriptions of the cottage, the still room, the woods, plants and places are wonderfully evocative Her characters come alive before our eyes, and Gilly, in particular, is very likable Although she had a miserable childhood she never comes across as self pitying In a matter of fact way, through the power of Mary Stewart s writing she tells us of her love for her new home, her desire to fit in, and of the small strange happenings in her life The setting, close to Stonehenge in Wiltshire, with its green English splendor is gorgeous The small hints of some practical magic add a touch of suspense to the story The love story doesn t come until we are well into the book, but when it comes it s as Geilly says, love at first sight The over all tone of the book is peaceful, yet with strong hints of otherworldly menace and undercurrents of the romance that is to come Above all, though, it is the rich descriptions that make this book so enjoyable If you need a lovely place to escape to, if you need a romantic cottage full of magic, a gentle story filled with life and love, then I recommend you visit Thornyhold You ll love it there.Highly recommended


  8. says:

    I m not sure what to make of Mary Stewart s oeuvre The Ivy Tree was my first MS experience, then again, I d expect nothing less Stewart always displays a strong command of language description, while her narrators are prone to quotable insights I m not sure what to make of Mary Stewart s oeuvre The Ivy Tree was my first MS experience, I loved it Spurred by success, I quickly followed with Nine Coaches Waiting My Brother Michael, both of which I liked But then came Wildfire at Midnight, which was disappointing And now Thornyhold.It s well written from a technical standpoint then again, I d expect nothing less Stewart always displays a strong command of language description, while her narrators are prone to quotable insights re human nature The heroine of this particular novel is classic Stewart formula a young, intelligent Englishwoman, softly spoken occasionally befuddled, but also a keen observer easily riled by injustices against the innocents of the universe In these respects, Thornyhold is no different from the Stewart novels I enjoyed So what went wrong The ending It was GHASTLY.Through the first 180 some pages, we ve had a romantic suspense novel a gentle one, yes, but there is definitely something sinister building in the background There s a spooky neighbor lady who may or may not be involved in a coven the same woman who may or may not have turned her abusive mother into a mindless drone in a rocking chair A woman who frightens her simple minded son A woman who orders said son to chain starve a dogbecause she needs the hair for a sinister love spell, which she then plans to use on the heroine s love interest But while the heroine is uncovering each layer of her neighbor s creep factor, she s also uncovering each layer of her cousin s white magic her medicinal herbs, her treatment of injured animals, her intuitive cat, her undefinable presence in the house Oh good, says I This is setting up for a classy yet epic showdown between good evil Bring it onThat never happened view spoiler Instead of the expected showdown, the final 15 pages feature a sappy ending wherein the hitherto creepy enemy falls in love with an untidy, rotund shepherd, an equally sappy ending between the heroine the love interest There s no karma dished out There s no triumph of good vs evil There s no resolution via conflict Comes to that, there s no initiated resolution at all Instead we have not one, but two HEAs one destined one accidental, but both delivered with an abrupt shift into bucolic English country comedy How bucolic Flat bicycle tires, a chatty store clerk, a helpful taxi driver, a flock of sheep, a box of fudge laced with a botched love spell Yes, FUDGE hide spoiler I can t, guys HEAs are well good, but this one was abrupt disconnected I wasn t expecting something on par with Hell House it s Mary Stewart, after all But there s no reason why a delicate, gentle story needs to shrug off the struggle between good evil WTF was the purpose of the conflict Why even bother If you want to write an English comedy, fine but don t milk suspense that serves no purpose So much atmospheric verbage was spent on the dog s rescue poor little Rags 3 , the grotesque love spell, the heroine s discomfort at what her neighbor was potentially involved in but then it fizzled into absolutely nothing Stewart wimped out End of story 3 stars


  9. says:

    Three and a half stars I think this is one book that should have been about a hundred pages longer It got off to a very promising start but then sort of petered out into nothing much I really enjoyed the story of Gilly Ramsey s lonely childhood and the bright moments of connection with her godmother When Gilly inherits Thorneyhold I was delighted with both the house and all the mysterious goings on flashes of intuition, cats, dogs, pigeons appearing, locked rooms and herb lore And then the Three and a half stars I think this is one book that should have been about a hundred pages longer It got off to a very promising start but then sort of petered out into nothing much I really enjoyed the story of Gilly Ramsey s lonely childhood and the bright moments of connection with her godmother When Gilly inherits Thorneyhold I was delighted with both the house and all the mysterious goings on flashes of intuition, cats, dogs, pigeons appearing, locked rooms and herb lore And then the book ends Everything gets resolved and largely demystified and the romance just happens all in about twenty pages I loved Gilly as a character and really enjoyed the hedge witch lore I wish that she d developed her vocation as an animal healer, but she seems to have given it all up for reasons that are unclear Not as good as Rose Cottage, the only other cozy village Mary Stewart that I ve read, and nowhere near as much fun as the romantic adventure stories for which she is best known.Elements of her Arthurian saga found their way into this book I m something of an outlier among Mary Stewart fans because I love her Merlin stories, particularly The Crystal Cave that s the one I ll go back to when I m in mood formagic.Content warning Suggested paranormal happenings and witchcraft, but pretty tame Otherwise a clean read


  10. says:

    I suppose at 208 pages Thornyhold qualifies as a novel, but in some ways it feels like a novella Sparse and focused, yet somehow sufficient for the story it tells It is an odd, beautiful little book It borderlines the feeling you get when you read a classic novel because it contains many of the same elements and archetypes the lonely, orphaned girl, the emotions that reveal the human experience, the fight between good and evil I m sure you could find any number of Themes or Literary Tropes I suppose at 208 pages Thornyhold qualifies as a novel, but in some ways it feels like a novella Sparse and focused, yet somehow sufficient for the story it tells It is an odd, beautiful little book It borderlines the feeling you get when you read a classic novel because it contains many of the same elements and archetypes the lonely, orphaned girl, the emotions that reveal the human experience, the fight between good and evil I m sure you could find any number of Themes or Literary Tropes within the story as well I hesitantly remove a star for the romance I know the entire story aims for it, yet somehow I found it disappointing Maybe all the early references to the Victorian expectation that she meet a nice young man gave me false hope that the story would subvert the expected happily ever after But happily ever after comes in the nice, expected way and it isn t bad Justa little less than amazing Plus, insta love I do despise insta love, even well explained and reasonable insta love Do recommend, for all that I needMary Stewart

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