Thornyhold

Thornyhold

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by Mary Stewart
     
 

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Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood were brightened only by visits to his godmother, Geillis. When she died, suddenly, the grownup Gilly inherited her cottage, Thornyhold. But nothing about his godmother prepared him for the strange and sinister life that awaited him there....

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Gilly Ramsey's lonely childhood were brightened only by visits to his godmother, Geillis. When she died, suddenly, the grownup Gilly inherited her cottage, Thornyhold. But nothing about his godmother prepared him for the strange and sinister life that awaited him there....

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stewart is known for her novels set in 5th century Britain, e.g., The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills . Here, after a five-year hiatus, she shifts skillfully to the 20th century, mixing magic, witchcraft, and romance. Readers will be hooked from the very first line, ``I suppose that my mother could have been a witch if she had chosen to.'' The speaker is Gilley Ramsey, who has inherited her cousin's house in the English countryside. The opening promise of an engaging story is not broken. An enchanting novel that should have broad appeal. Renee Erman Lipman, Miami
From the Publisher
"Mary Stewart is one of my all-time favorite writers, [and] Thornyhold is my favorite."  —Meg Cabot, author, The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble

"Here [Stewart] shifts skillfully to the 20th century, mixing magic, witchcraft, and romance. Readers will be hooked from the very first line, 'I suppose that my mother could have been a witch if she had chosen to.' The opening promise of an engaging story is not broken. An enchanting novel that should have broad appeal."  Library Journal

"Stewart sustains readers’ interest with her sympathetic characters and her thoughtful, well-written narrative. She is a bit of a magician with words, conjuring up people and places with rich, descriptive images. One only wishes that a visit to Thornyhold lasted longer."  —Orlando Sentinel

"A welcome reissue of Mary Stewart's novella . . . Thornyhold casts its own magical spell on us."  —Historical Novels Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517075616
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/1991

Meet the Author

Mary Stewart is the author of 20 novels, including The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Ivy Tree, The Last Enchantment, The Moonspinners, Nine Coaches Waiting, and The Wicked Day. Meg Cabot is the author of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day and the Princess Diaries series.

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Thornyhold 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LAPG More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend immersing yourself in THORNYHOLD’s gentle magic. There is truly a meandering magic at work in this book that never fails to draw me in every time I pick it up. That's right, it's one of those books I re-read from time to time. Why? Simply because I want to 'go there' again. Mary Stewart wrote romances that managed to be full of action, adventure and danger, while never sacrificing the heart of the story, which was all about love. When I read her romantic suspense novels, I find myself truly liking her heroines without reservation. Her characters are real to me, which shows her incredible skill as a writer. This is especially true of THORNYHOLD. In THORNYHOLD we initially find ourselves involved in the inner life of a girl who is experiencing a difficult childhood. She is lonely, and sent to boarding school at an early age, which doesn’t work out well. I have the feeling that the boarding school scenes are autobiographical in nature, as Stewart herself has admitted to being unhappy in boarding school. Perhaps her affinity for what her character goes through is what makes these scenes so affecting. Fortunately, our heroine has a godmother who brings a little magic into her life at just those times when she needs it most. These early scenes set up the real story of THORNYHOLD, which is, of course, all about love. After her godmother’s death, our heroine, now an adult, moves into her house in a remote part of the English countryside where magic abounds. There is a local coven, a nosy neighbor, a motherless boy, a handsome neighbor, messages seemingly from ‘the beyond’, and other mysterious goings-on she must deal with. That’s where the true magic in this novel is to be found-- in accompanying our heroine as she navigates her way through this maze until she reaches the center, where true love is to be found.
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Love2Read-N-Texas More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel as much as Nine Coaches Waiting. Suspenseful and engrossing read. I recommend this to any mystery/goth readers.
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