Thornyhold

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During Gilly Ramsey’s lonely childhood, the occasional brief visits of her mother’s cousin were a delight, seeming like visits of a fairy godmother. Years later, when Gilly inherits Thornyhold, her house, she discovers that her cousin, with her still room and herbalist practices—and her undoubted powers—had long been known to the locals as a witch. She is approached by neighbors, some innocent, some not so innocent, but all assuming that she, too, is a witch, and a possible addition to the local coven. Gilly...

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Overview

During Gilly Ramsey’s lonely childhood, the occasional brief visits of her mother’s cousin were a delight, seeming like visits of a fairy godmother. Years later, when Gilly inherits Thornyhold, her house, she discovers that her cousin, with her still room and herbalist practices—and her undoubted powers—had long been known to the locals as a witch. She is approached by neighbors, some innocent, some not so innocent, but all assuming that she, too, is a witch, and a possible addition to the local coven. Gilly finds there is some truth in this, for she discovers that she can call on a kind of power in difficult moments. This wonderful novel from bestselling author Mary Stewart is delicate in its perception of a young woman’s falling in love, delightful in its portrayal of the English countryside, and skilled in its creation of a world full of magic.

Stewart's last novel before The Stormy Petrel is a bestselling story of a modern woman and a dark desire. Thornyhold had been left to Gilly by her mother's cousin. From the start, the place exerted a mysterious influence over her . . . as did a handsome stranger. Reissue.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556527937
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Rediscovered Classics Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 245,561
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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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  • Posted May 23, 2014

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    I highly recommend immersing yourself in THORNYHOLD¿s gentle mag

    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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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Thornyhold..... A Gothic Novel to read!

    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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