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Thornyhold by [Stewart, Mary]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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In this 1940s rural scene you glimpse the shadow behind all things bright and beautiful. (Daily Mail)

Anyone who enjoys a gentle, modern love story will find a cracker in Thornyhold (Woman's World)

Skeins of sentences are woven into a tale of sweet magic, witchcraft and suspense . . . which will perpetuate Mrs Stewart's bestsellerdom and confirm her status as a literary phenomenon (Scotland on Sunday)

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Reissued with a fresh cover look comes this love story delicate in its perceptions of a young woman falling in love, delightful in its portrayal of the countryside, and skilled in its creation of a world of magic. Mary Stewart's storytelling is as spell-binding as ever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1556527934
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YD1K3K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Dolphin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 May 2012
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Anyone familiar with Mary Stewart's earlier novels will notice a great difference in this book, and it is perfectly natural to find a more reflective outlook considering that the author was 72 when this book was first published. There are no exciting chases, murderous villains, or nail-biting action. There is, however, a stunningly nuanced love story, an infectiously optimistic sense of re-birth (it is set in post-second world war Britain), some good-natured comedy, and a generous dash of that special Stewart "magic" which (although always open to interpretation) essentially points to the miracle of everyday things, the wonders of nature and the redeeming power of love.

The heroine, Gilly, is still young but a hard childhood and the general privations of war have made her mature beyond her years. She has every reason to be depressed but, just as the last bricks of her miserable reality come tumbling down, she receives a posthumous gift from her cousin Geillis, which immediately turns her life around. There are perils awaiting her in her new situation, witchcraft and unsettling messages from the dead, but there is also hope, friendship and an exquisite romance that will give the shy, abused young woman the confidence to craft a satisfying career out of her suppressed artistic gifts and to enjoy in adulthood all the things that were so sadly missing from her youth.

As usual, the writing is both elegant and economical, the descriptions of plants and places wonderfully evocative, and we get to meet some unforgettable characters. Gilly, in particular, is very likeable. She has suffered a great deal but never once comes across as self-pitying or miserable. The supporting cast are developed in less detail, yet their personalities come alive under Mary Stewart's deft pen.
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If you enjoy being transported to another world, you will enjoy this book. Mary Stuart very effectively creates an atmosphere like 'Greeneland' that you can almost sense. The main character, who because of her background stands a little apart from the world, inherits a cottage where she experiences 'white-witchy' type powers, comes to terms with them and evolves as an emotionally holistic person. She even ENJOYS keeping her cottage clean. The scene depicting her dream of flying and the consequent revelation of this 'out of body experience' is truely magicial.
What I particularly like about the book is Mary's ability to make this seem all part of the normal human experience. Her style reminded me a little of Mary Wesley, another favourite author.
The story depicts a 'right of passage', not for a teen, but for a woman, coming to terms with her past and her being. Very readable and unputadownable.
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I love this story, I think some times you just happen upon a book that seems as if it has been written for you and this is that book for me. Quite a lot of it has relation to my own life experience and things I can relate too. It is a wonderful magical book, it has a gentle story but transports you into the characters world so well you can almost see and feel what she describes.

pure escapism, I would highly recomend to anyone!
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I read Thorneyhold about 25 years ago - it was given away with a magazine. I loved it. I loved the pure quality of the writing, good plot, plenty of suspense, and all set in scene of delightful-ness with a dark undertone. I was hooked. I read a few more of her books (including Stormy Petrels and The Ivy Something), and each time I was completely transported to a far away location. Then they became difficult to find.

I am delighted to find them here on Kindle. I don't mind modern fiction when I want an easy read, but not all modern writers have complete mastery of English and errors of grammar always irritate me. :) Mary Stewart never irritates!
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This has been one of my favourite books for years, and I have recently re-read it. What I love about it is that it makes magic commonplace, seeing it everywhere in nature. The story is about Geillis (Gilly) Ramsey, who after the death of her parents finds a haven when she inherits a house in the country from her godmother (also called Geillis).

As she brings the house and garden back into good order, Gilly discovers that her godmother was known locally as a witch - and she wasn't the only one. And as Gilly meets and gets to know the locals, she finds something she never thought she would - love.

Although Gilly seems to have something of the 'gift', she herself has no desire to be a witch. However, she has also inherited her godmother's love of the natural world, plants and animals alike, and her joy in her new surroundings comes across in every page.

In 'Thornyhold', author Mary Stewart has produced a lovely, happy, gently magical read.
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In my late teens and early twenties I read all (I thought) of Mary Stewart with the exception of the Arthurian ones, and I loved them. I recently re-read one and was a bit disappointed at how dated it was, but then I picked this one up on the KDD and discovered it was actually completely new to me. Plus it had all my favourites 'Stewart' elements - lonely heroine, bit sad bit stoic, put in strange situation, big house to explore with lots of secrets, plus - yay, a bit of magic.

I absolutely loved this. I loved the house, Thornyhold, with all its secrets and its fabulous gardens. I loved the way Stewart describes the countryside, so rich in detail and heady with flora that you could almost touch and smell it. I loved the witchy element (in fact I wanted more). I loved Hodge, and I really liked the heroine too. Oh yes, and I loved the kind of olde worlde setting, the village characters, and William, nice but not too cute son of the hero. I loved the bad witch and - yes, I loved it.

My disappointment was two-fold and really more quibbles than disappointment. Firstly, I wanted a bit more magic. It kind of tailed off at the end, and became a sort of nothing, while throughout the book you'd been given the impression it was going to play much more of an important role. I wanted Gilly to be more of a witch, in other words. And same with the ending. It just kind of stopped, and I was left wanting more. But then, that's the point of a good book, isn't it, you want more?
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