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This review is from: Nine Coaches Waiting (Mary Stewart Modern Classic) (Kindle Edition)This was the first Mary Stewart novel I ever read way back when.It had either been a Woman's Hour reading or a serial and I found a copy in a second hand shop. It was one of the first grown up books I had read and seemed to me to be the last word in sophistication. Although I have revisited it, I haven't read it for many years.
What a delight! It is, I suppose, a little dated in some of its attitudes, but the strength of the story and the characterization easily outweigh these minor flaws. It has all the ingredients of a true romance: a feisty heroine of strong principles emerging from poverty; a child for her to protect; a wildly romantic chateau as a setting; a diabolically charming chief villain; and two possible heroes, one strong, blond, noble Englishman and a dark saturnine Frenchman who may or may not be as devilish as his father.These may sound like stereotypes, I would say rather that they are the prototypes on which most characters of modern romances have been based, but unlike most prototypes they are fully developed and engaging.
I have now decided to reread all Mary Stewart's books. It was so pleasing to read a well made story that was literate and educated without being pretentious.
If you have not read any of her books you have such a treat in store!
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Initial post: 11 Sep 2011 00:17:51 BDT
Shouna Falconer says:
How nice it is to see these books back in print. Have you read the newer ones - Rose Cottage etc?
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Sep 2011 10:29:48 BDT
Mrs. K. A. P. Wright says:
Yes, I have read them all, but my favourites are definitely the thrillers - Nine Coaches Waiting, This Rough Magic, My Brother Michael and the Moonspinners.
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