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Rose Cottage [Kindle Edition]

Mary Stewart
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When Kate Herrick's grandmother asks her to travel down from Scotland to her childhood home in Todhall to retrieve some papers and family mementoes before Rose Cottage is sold, Kate is happy enough to go, but curious as to the changes she may find there. Widowed in the recent war - this is the summer of 1947 - and comfortably settled now in London, she is in some doubt as to how the village will receive her.



Rose Cottage - a tiny thatched dwelling with fragrant roses in the garden - is unchanged, and the villagers seem friendly. But there is evidence of a break-in at the cottage, and then her nearest neighbours, three elderly ladies from what the villagers call 'Witches' Corner', come with tales of night-time prowlers in the cottage garden, and even ghosts. In the process of solving the mystery, Kate finds romance.



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Praise for Mary Stewart:

'A sunset touch . . . gentle love story . . . a happy return'

(The Times)

There are few to equal Mary Stewart as an entertainer (Daily Telegraph)

Vivid, enthralling, absolutely first class (Daily Mail)

She set the bench mark for pace, suspense and romance - with a great dollop of escapism as the icing (Elizabeth Buchan)

A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors. (Harriet Evans)

Book Description

A reissue in new series style of this romantic suspense novel from this much loved bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XCGL2C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,694 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Stewart, one of our most popular novelists, was born in Sunderland, County Durham and lives in the West Highlands. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her book for younger readers, THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK, LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE, and A WALK IN WOLF WOOD, quickly met with the success of her other novels. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for THE CRYSTAL CAVE, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE.

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work. 8 Dec. 2002
Format:Paperback
If you are a diehard Mary Stewart fan you will buy this book whatever reviewers say. I did, after all! But it does not rank along with her more suspenseful novels of her "thriller" periods, or alongside her "magical romance" books. It also lacks the maturity of her Arthurian and period novels. So what do we have here? A pleasant and undemanding little book; I might have thought it a first novel. Did the manuscript perhaps sit around for years before being dusted off and tidied up for publication? As I say, if you are a fan you will buy it anyway - but if you are a newcomer to the author, please start with some of her other books first!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD...NOT GREAT... 18 Nov. 2002
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a mildly suspenseful, atmospheric novel about a young, war widow, Kate Herrick, who in 1947 at the request of her ill grandmother in Scotland goes to Rose Cottage, her childhood home in the English countryside. Kate is to retrieve some of her grandmother's documents and personal belongings. When she gets there, however, she discovers that she is too late. Someone has been there before her.
As Kate investigates the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother's property, she ends up discovering somethings about her own past. Well written and redolent of a bygone era, the book unravels a pleasant, uncomplicated story. Never too mysterious and not one of the author's best efforts, the book is a predictable, though somewhat enjoyable, read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cosy, Simple and Gentle 4 Oct. 2014
By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This I think is not what you normally expect from Mary Stewart, there is not much of the 'other worldly' element to it, nor is it anyway a runaway suspenseful mystery. It is simply a story of Rose Cottage and it's inhabitants as well as the estate where it is located and the village where it all happens.

Kate, returns to Rose Cottage at her grandmother's behest to retrieve family papers and small treasures before the cottage is renovated and reused as part of the estate's future. Kate remembers living their with her mother and grandmother and it being a happy home, despite not knowing her father.

When Kate's Great Aunt Betsy moves in the place changes and it is not as rosy as life could be for a small child. Even more so, when her mother runs off with a gipsy and never returns. The only news that she has died in a bus accident some years later.

Back at her childhood cottage with her childhood friends around her, Kate begins the task she set out to do, retrieve the papers but it seems that someone has got there before her.

Despite the cottage being emptied since Kate's grandmother left, it appears to have been occupied somehow. There have been lights seen. The garden has been dug in places. And a mysterious figure or two has been spotted.

It all seems rather strange and ghostly, but this does not stop Kate facing these ghosts and staying at Rose Cottage to see her task through to the end. Kate finds out a lot about her family through the secrets that Rose Cottage seems to be holding and along with the premonitions from the local witch, and some interfering village gossips, it seems that perhaps it is not all that mysterious and very straightforward.

This was a nice gentle novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A charming ode to country life 19 Oct. 2013
By Dolphin TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Kate Herrick is a young war-widow who is trying to rebuild her life in London. She is emotionally scarred by the recent loss of her husband in a flying mission over France, but even more so by her illegitimate birth and the disappearance and subsequent death of her young mother who ran away when Kate was only five. Kate's ailing grandmother, who raised her and is her only surviving relative, asks her to travel to the modest house where she was born, Rose Cottage, to retrieve some family papers and valuables from a small safe hidden under wallpaper. Kate's return to her childhood haunts triggers a wave of gossip and speculation in the village as well as ghostly visions by the local "seer".

A gentle exploration of friendship, home-coming and forgiveness, this is Lady Stewart's last novel, published when she was 81 years old. It is, as usual, very well-written, evocative and full of engaging characters, as well as some who are downright nasty, but the style is quite different from her earlier, action-driven stories and there is a distinct lack of the familiar suspense-romance combo that makes her previous novels so compelling. I liked the story for its heart-warming depiction of life in a small community where it is impossible to keep a secret, and for its strong portrayal of the two main female characters. This is a mature, contemplative and somewhat nostalgic look at Britain in the aftermath of the devastation wrecked by WWII but the slow pace and lack of romantic content and fast action may disappoint those who enjoyed her earlier novels.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD...NOT GREAT... 22 Feb. 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is a mildly suspenseful, atmospheric novel about a young, war widow, Kate Herrick, who in 1947 at the request of her ill grandmother in Scotland goes to Rose Cottage, her childhood home in the English countryside. Kate is to retrieve some of her grandmother's documents and personal belongings. When she gets there, however, she discovers that she is too late. Someone has been there before her.
As Kate investigates the mysterious disappearance of her grandmother's property, she ends up discovering some things about her own past. Well written and redolent of a bygone era, the book unravels a pleasant, uncomplicated story. Never too mysterious and not one of the author's best efforts, the book is a predictable, though somewhat enjoyable, read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
A simple tale, yet with enough of a mystery in it to hold the reader. Delightful characterization. A truly warm story. Very enjoyable.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Mary Stewart's writing is as concise and delicate as ever.
Published 22 days ago by MJ Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Long-time favourite; really well-developed characters and interesting situations
Published 5 months ago by SusieQ
3.0 out of 5 stars Fluff
A very slight story, not enough to get my teeth into.
Published 7 months ago by elvenqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed in this
I was a little disappointed in this. It is a typical Mary Steward story, however, the deep dark secret was not as deep or as dark as expected. It was somewhat too gentle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ursula Osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Love Mary Stewart's books, especially her modern classic selection. This book continues the excellent series so far. I have a number of her modern classic books.
Published 9 months ago by Helen McWilliams
5.0 out of 5 stars Rose Cottage
Mary Stewarts books are all so amazingly different, and all so equally interesting. May she continue in times to come.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. A. Digby
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Books.
I have read all of Mary Stewart Books, and am enjoying reading them again. I am sad and will miss not having more to read.
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Doreen Colclough
5.0 out of 5 stars mary stewart
I love her bok
oks. They are easy to read stories but at the same time she makes you want to keep on reading to find out whats happening in the next chapter.
Published 13 months ago by poppet
4.0 out of 5 stars a good one
I have always liked Mary Stewart's books; this is an early one, none the worse for that. If you haven't read it, buy it!
Published 14 months ago by A. M. Stirling
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