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Rose Cottage [Paperback]

Mary Stewart
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Book Description

17 Mar 2011

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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Product details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (17 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444715097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444715095
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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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)

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

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20 of 20 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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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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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from the norm 22 May 2012
Format:Paperback
Mary Stewart fans will notice that this is a different kind of book from this author. And yes, as other reviewers have said, it does lack the edge of the seat tension that her usual novels deliver. However the main character, Kate, is one of her best creations. She's more real than the normal M.S. heroine and I found it took no time for me to become hooked on the story and care deeply about what happened to her.

I won't bother relating the story since good resumes have already been given. I can't say any more than the previous reviewers have said about the plot without giving away too much. Just read and enjoy this book. Readers who have already read Thornyhold will find a very similar kind of book in this one, although it lacks the surrealism on Thornyhold.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT BAD...NOT GREAT... 31 Dec 2002
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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Books. 15 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
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