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If Mary looked so much like the missing heiress, why should she not be an heiress? And so plain Mary became the glamorous Annabel. But she did not live happily ever after. In fact, she almost did not live at all. Because someone wanted Annabel Winslow missing Get A Copy.

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Paperback , pages. Published December 4th by HarperTorch first published More Details Original Title. Northumberland, England. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Ivy Tree , please sign up. Isn't this the female version or very similar to Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey? Karen A The book wasn't edited before it came out in paperback, it was edited before it was published in the US.

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The Ivy Tree was first published in England …more The book wasn't edited before it came out in paperback, it was edited before it was published in the US. When it was published in the US, a year later, the book was cut back to 18 chapters. Chapter 2 in the UK version was eliminated and the story line worked into Chapter 2 of the US version which was chapter 3 in the UK version 2 other chapters in the UK version were combined into 1 chapter in the US version.

Thus the of the chapters in the book went from 20 to The mention of "Brat Farrar" was edited out along with the mention of the possible pregnancy and baby. I am at the halfway mark and Adam Forrest has just made his first appearance. I assume he's older than Con and "Annabel," but does anyone know his age?

It's really bugging me. Jody It's never mentioned, but he's going grey; I assume he's at least 10 years older. See all 5 questions about The Ivy Tree…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Deception and hidden identity are at the heart of this Mary Stewart novel. Mary Gray travels from Canada to Northumberland in northern England.

There she's accosted on Hadrian's wall, in the middle of nowhere, by an extremely handsome but very hostile guy, Con Winslow. Con is certain that she's his long-lost relative, Annabel Winslow, and threatens her. Once she convinces him that she's not Annabel, it occurs to Con that it would be very useful to him to have Mary pretend to be Annabel, who Deception and hidden identity are at the heart of this Mary Stewart novel.

Once she convinces him that she's not Annabel, it occurs to Con that it would be very useful to him to have Mary pretend to be Annabel, who disappeared eight years ago and is believed to be dead, in order to fool Annabel's ailing grandfather into willing the Winslow property and money to the false "Annabel," if not to Con himself. Mary, destitute and at loose ends, agrees to the impersonation plot.

And so begins a dangerous deception, soon complicated by the arrival of a neighbor, Adam, with whom Annabel had fallen in love so many years ago. The ivy tree of the title is an old oak tree on the Winslow property that is covered with ivy: Here a giant oak stood. It had been originally on the inside of the wall, but with the years it had grown and spread, pressing closer and ever closer to the masonry.

But the power of the oak would be its undoing, for the wall had been clothed in ivy, and the ivy had reached for the tree, crept up it, engulfed it, till now the trunk was one towering mass of the dark gleaming leaves, and only the tree's upper branches managed to thrust the young gold leaves of early summer through the strangling curtain. Eventually the ivy would kill it. I looked up at it for a long time. It's an interesting image, reflective of all of the layers of deceit and selfish desires in this book.

It's also the place where Annabel and her former love Adam--who was married at the time--used to leave love letters for each other. Interesting connection. But I will say it's handled in a way that won't offend most people. It's not at all clear that Annabel and Adam ever slept together during their earlier love affair; I think it's most likely they didn't, based on some details in the story. The first time I read this years ago I was totally blindsided when it was revealed near the end that Mary actually is Annabel.

I was a lot younger at the time and wasn't really familiar with the concept of unreliable narrators; I think I'd be a lot more suspicious now. But it was fun and interesting to reread this, knowing what the twist was going to be, and seeing the various clues Mary Stewart gave us in Annabel's thoughts and actions, and how carefully she worded around some of the key issues that would have given it away. There are some great suspenseful scenes in this book, and some delightful moments with cats and kittens. These are crab. They — er, they go down rather well.

Half a minute later I saw the paw field a piece, very smartly, and, in a matter of three-quarters of a second, come out for more. Tommy, flown with good living, was getting reckless. Have a macaroon. You read her books more for the gorgeous, detailed descriptions of far-off places, the delightful doses of dry humor, the heart-stopping suspense, and the well-read and intrepid heroes and heroines.

This isn't my favorite of Mary Stewart's novels; the love interest and romance are probably my least favorite from Stewart's romantic suspense novels view spoiler [ he's also not a particularly well-developed character; I think he's defined chiefly by his long-suffering hide spoiler ].

But if you like old-fashioned suspense novels or Mary Stewart, it's definitely worth reading. ETA: A word of warning: major spoilers in the discussion thread to this review, not tagged. View all 25 comments. While I wasn't sure who the heroine really was till near the finish, I also wasn't sure who the love interest was - the romance was sparse, even by Stewart's standards.

As always with Stewart there is another character in the book. Fortunately he didn't appear as much later in the book. While Brat Farrar is a wonderful book, all of Tey's works are very difficult to get hold of in my country if you don't have an ereader. This book is still very readable but knowledge of Bratt Farrar does enhance it. There was never a part of Brat Farrar where I was bored, whereas there are a couple of lulls in this book. Still a wonderful read though! View all 8 comments.

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Jan 11, Hana rated it really liked it Shelves: britain-ireland , reads , mystery. This might well be the most cleverly and tightly plotted of all Mary Stewart's romance-mystery novels and--alone among her novels--this is the only one with a seemingly unreliable narrator. When we first meet Mary Grey, she is enjoying the early morning sun and of course! The second hand smoke doesn't seem to bother the lambs.

What I loved most was the skill with which Mary Stewart kept me in suspense about who Mary really is while leadi This might well be the most cleverly and tightly plotted of all Mary Stewart's romance-mystery novels and--alone among her novels--this is the only one with a seemingly unreliable narrator.

What I loved most was the skill with which Mary Stewart kept me in suspense about who Mary really is while leading me to sometimes sympathize and sometimes doubt her integrity and kind heart. I instinctively liked Mary--but did I dare trust her? Then there was the handsome Irish cousin and various other love interests who wander over the horizons.

Can they be trusted? Who should I root for? The plot thickens as more 'family' members appear--an ailing grandfather with land and money to pass on, a poor relation with a jealous eye, a cousin with her own love problems, various sharp-eyed gossipy villagers, and a long lost Along the way, there are gardens and wild flower filled meadows of course!

And a horse that may be too wild for anyone but a 'horse whisperer' to handle. It's all great fun and I loved every minute of the book and my time spent with my buddy reading friends at GR! View all 26 comments. There was no exciting car chases or exotic locations. The hero was a real dud for me. I always felt like the author was holding information back, which always sends out lots of flags. As always, Mary Stewart writes wonderfully. The ending was exciting and the book had a nice gothy atmosphere to it. After all, most Mary Stewart books are better than your average mystery. I was kind of disappointed.

James Mason wasn't in this and I missed him. View all 35 comments. May 26, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery , pleasure-reading , romance. I am almost that enchanted with them this second time around, but it is now a husband who keeps trying to pry me away. It is complicated enough to keep you guessing and every time you think you have figured it out for sure, Mary Stewart makes you guess again. It is based on a fairly common device, the virtual twin stranger who impersonates the real heiress, but while the device might be common the writing and the deft handling of the situation is not.

On a trip to Northumberland, Mary Grey of Canada is assailed by a handsome, but somewhat frightening, Connor Winslow, who mistakes her for his cousin, Annabel, who has been missing and believed dead for some eight years. At loose ends and down on her luck, Mary is persuaded to impersonate the aforesaid Annabel and help Connor get the inheritance he is in his eyes entitled to. What ensues is a thrilling, twisting ride in the style that only Mary Stewart can conjure. Few writers can engage all the senses in their writing, but for me Mary Stewart does this consistently.

I was very still. Close overhead I heard the scratch and rattle on the sloping roof tiles, then the throaty murmur as the pigeons settled back again to sleep. From the garden below came the smell of lilac. A moth fluttered past my cheek, and a bat cut the clear sky like a knife. Down in the neglected garden-grass the black and white cat crouched, tail whipping, then sprang. Something screamed in the grass. She peppers her work with literary allusions, thoughtful humor, and tidbits of wisdom.

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People ought to avoid pain if they can, like disease I think that is a pretty astute observation. There are a couple of incidents in this novel involving a cat that I truly delighted in. They made the book stand apart for me as being quite special. Which might explain why I was so taken with a fairly minor character, by name of Donald Seton, who added warmth, humor, steadiness and dignity to the tale. Finally, there is the symbolism of the Ivy Tree itself, a prodigious oak that has been suffocated by the parasitic ivy that covers it.

A thing that is beautiful on the outside, but rotten within like a certain character in this book , evidence that something that appears strong may just be a crumbling weakness, and a reminder that love and desires that cannot be shown publicly, but must be hidden away, can be dangerous.

If I were stranded on a desert island with a trunk containing all the works of only two authors, knowing I would have to read them over and over again for the rest of my life, I might well pick Shakespeare and Mary Stewart and be a happy camper. View all 5 comments. While not my personal favorite in the Stewart pantheon, The Ivy Tree is still a well executed and cleverly plotted suspense novel from the queen of romantic suspense, and deserves every one of my 4 stars.

It's been a while since I first read this, so while I remembered the main jist of the story for this re-read, there was even more I had forgotten, which was ok. It's hard to review this book, because to say almost anything about the plot or the characters might spoil the tale for new-comers. So While not my personal favorite in the Stewart pantheon, The Ivy Tree is still a well executed and cleverly plotted suspense novel from the queen of romantic suspense, and deserves every one of my 4 stars.

So, I'll only say that it's a twisty, complicated story about a girl who may or may not be all she claims, a hot-tempered man who may or may not be our hero, an ivy tree well duh , an old wall named "Hadrian" :D , a cat who likes crab sandwiches who doesn't? As to the rest, you'll just have to pick this one up and discover its secrets for yourself. Be alert. Be vigilant. All will be revealed and wrapped up very nicely by the end. And if you're like some readers of this particular Stewart novel, you might find yourself turning back to Chapter One after reading "The End".

Yes, it's that kind of book Mary Stewart Group Read in April, View all 16 comments. It lacks in a number of departments. Some early references to the Wall and a theme involving a search for Roman ruins provide the totality of the Northumberland scene setting. Thirdly, while the action appears to take place around the time the novel was published that is, in , there is little in the text to place it within that time period, with the notable exceptions of a heroine who smokes like a chimney and some very dubious gender politics.

Thirdly, the characters are two-dimensional and I found it difficult to care about any of them, other than a secondary character, Donald, of whom I wish I had seen more. Fourthly, the twist in the tale was, I thought, patently obvious from early on. I kept hoping that I was wrong about this and I expected some other twist, but it never came. In a way, Stewart hid everything in plain sight, which is clever writing, but not clever enough to overcome my disappointment with the predictability of the plot.

It was an easy and entertaining read and deserves its 3 stars. I particularly enjoyed enjoyed reading it with Jemidar and lots of others in the Mary Stewart Group.

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The plot in that novel is just as predictable, but the psychological portrait of the central character makes it considerably more interesting. View all 14 comments. I read this the first time in junior high. Movie was fun, but the books, oh, the books I was in heaven.

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I have read and re-read these books over these years for comfort, and they have seen me through some tough times. I just read Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, to which Mary Stewart alludes in this novel, and the combination of suspense and horses is heavenly. I spent my waking moments riding and and reading as a girl and young woman, and these stories speak to me still. Very highly recommended. If you were asked to step into someone else's shoes; BE that person, could you do it? Would you do it? This was Mary Grey's first dilemma, one which she resolved by agreeing to the plot suggested by a strange woman she talked with in the town of Newcastle.

But is the plan really as simple as it seems? Is Mary Grey who she says she is? Is Connor nothing more than a darkly handsome stranger or something quite different? What exactly is an ivy tree? And, most importantly, is scene-stealing Tommy re If you were asked to step into someone else's shoes; BE that person, could you do it? And, most importantly, is scene-stealing Tommy really Tommy?! I had great fun with this book. I am so glad to have rediscovered Mary Stewart! This one has earned second-favorite status. I was caught up in the story from the first page, and had fun making guesses about who was who all the way through to the Big Reveal, besides holding my breath more than once after that.

Don't skip this one!! Jun 27, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: gothic , Where is Alfred Hitchcock when you need him? I think this book would have been right up his alley and would have made a marvelous movie under his direction. I absolutely loved it. How could you not when there were passages like this: The kitchen was a big, pleasant room, with a high ceiling, a new cream-coloured Aga stove, and long curtains that stirred in the June breeze.

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The floor was of red tiles, covered with those bright rugs of hooked rag that make Northern kitchens so attractive. In front Where is Alfred Hitchcock when you need him? In front of the Aga was an old-fashioned fender of polished steel, and inside it, from a basket covered with flannel, came the soft cheepings of newly hatched chickens.

The black and white cat asleep in the rocking chair took no notice of the sounds, or of the tempting heavings and buttings of small heads and bodies against the covering flannel. Mary Stewart excels in creating atmosphere to the point where you are there. The characters were all well done as was and the story with a few twists and turns along the way. Some I guessed, some not. All in all, this was a wonderful read for any number of reasons. It certainly took me away like no Calgon ever could!

View all 6 comments. Mary Grey, over from Canada, looks enough like Annabel to be her twin. When Conner, foreman at Whitescar, stumbles upon her, it takes a bit of convincing that she is Mary. Con, and his half-sister, Lisa, work up a plan for Mary to pretend to be the missing Annabel long enough to ensure her grandfather passes the ownership of Whitescar to Con in his will. Annabel Winslow has been dead for four years.

Or has she? There is that constant threat of danger. Her descriptions and use of imagery make me go back and re-read passages for the pure pleasure of her words. It is a story of love, loss, and hope is wonderfully timeless. Stewart is always such a pleasure to read and this is one of, if not the, best of her works. This is my second Mary Stewart gothic romance. I read Nine Coaches Waiting , which seems to fairly consistently reside in one of the top spots on vintage gothic romance lists, last year, and really enjoyed it. The difficult nature of reviewing one of these gothic romances presents itself every time I sit down to write one.

Much of the enjoyment in these books resides in experiencing the twists and turns of the plot as they unfold. Like a mystery, revealing the secrets of the book really will spoil This is my second Mary Stewart gothic romance. Like a mystery, revealing the secrets of the book really will spoil it.

I thought this book was fantastically entertaining. Mary Stewart used continual misdirection very effectively, that had me believing one thing, and then a couple of chapters later, convinced of something else. It is intricately and cleverly plotted. I was wrong, wrong, wrong, and then wrong again.

If the book has a flaw, it is that it starts slow and the twists don't start revealing themselves until the second half of the book. There is a lot of work that goes into the set-up of the plot. Once the reveals begin happening, though, it is a race to the end. I thought that Stewart's method for revealing one of the twists was particularly subtle and clever, and a bit bewildering at the beginning of the process. So many of these stories are set in Cornwall and on the moors, that I always like to mention the setting. This one is set in Northumbria, near Newcastle, on the heath and near Hadrian's Wall.

There is less use made of the setting in this book than in many, but it's a nice change from some of the more traditional locations, and the plot involves an investigation into Roman artifacts. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed The Ivy Tree, and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys vintage gothic romance.

The sky was still and blue, and the high cauliflower clouds over to the south seemed to hang without movement. Mary Grey, visitor from Canada, is mistaken for the lovely Annabel Winslow who had run away to the States eight years ago. What could have sent Annabel fleeing? That is the first question of many. The th "I might have been alone in a painted landscape.

The three of them hatch the impersonation scheme. I won't say more because just about every detail is important. I can say that this story is thrilling and a real page turner towards the end. By Mary Stewart. Shopping Cart Checkout. Follow Us. Activity Kit. The Ivy Tree. Sorry, this item is temporarily out of stock. His name was Connor Winslow, and Mary quickly discovered that he thought she was his cousin—a girl supposedly dead these past eight years. Alive, she would be heiress to an inheritance Connor was determined to have for himself. Reviews "Throughout the intricacies of plot within plot, Mary Stewart keeps her readers guessing and sustains the suspense.

This tale spinner is still supreme. The author's easy narrative style, her vivid descriptions of the Northumberland countryside, the sharp delineation of her characters, and her impeccable good taste guarantee satisfaction to fans of the genre. No one writes the damsel-in-distress tale with greater charm or urgency.

Equally rewarding is Miss Stewart's love for the English countryside and for horses which shines through her polished writing. Author Biography. May we also suggest Published Sep Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, year-old Amber St. Clare manages, by using her wits, beauty, and courage, to climb to the highest position a woman could achieve in Restoration England—that of favorite mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II.

From whores and highwaymen to courtiers and noblemen, from events such as the Great Plague and the Fire of London to the intimate passions of ordinary—and extraordinary—men and women, Amber experiences it all. But throughout her trials and escapades, she remains, in her heart, true to the one man she really loves, the one man she can never have. Frequently compared to Gone with the Wind, Forever Amber is the other great historical romance, outselling every other American novel of the s—despite being banned in Boston for its sheer sexiness.

A book to read and reread, this edition brings back to print an unforgettable romance and a timeless masterpiece. Published Apr From the golden age of art movies and underground cinema to X-rated porn, splatter films, and midnight movies, this breathtaking thriller is a tour de force of cinematic fact and fantasy, full of metaphysical mysteries that will haunt the dreams of every moviegoer.

Jonathan Gates could not have anticipated that his student studies would lead him to uncover the secret history of the movies—a tale of intrigue, deception, and death that stretches back to the 14th century. But he succumbs to what will be a lifelong obsession with the mysterious Max Castle, a nearly forgotten genius of the silent screen who later became the greatest director of horror films, only to vanish in the s, at the height of his talent.

Now, 20 years later, as Jonathan seeks the truth behind Castle's disappearance, the innocent entertainments of his youth—the sexy sirens, the screwball comedies, the high romance—take on a sinister appearance. His tortured quest takes him from Hollywood's Poverty Row into the shadowy lore of ancient religious heresies. He encounters a cast of exotic characters, including Orson Welles and John Huston, who teach him that there's more to film than meets the eye, and journeys through the dark side of nostalgia, where the Three Stooges and Shirley Temple join company with an alien god whose purposes are anything but entertainment.

Published Oct Spanning three generations, this historical novel tells the tale of Boudicca, the most famous warrior of ancient Britain, and Caradoc, the son of a Celtic king, who sets out to unite the people of the Raven and lead them against Rome. Caradoc's objective is not easily accomplished as the Roman army advances into Britain, raping Celtic women and burning villages to the ground.

Published Sep Throughout a single day in , John Shawnessy recalls the great moments of his life—from the love affairs of his youth in Indiana, to the battles of the Civil War, to the politics of the Gilded Age, to his homecoming as schoolteacher, husband, and father. Shawnessy is the epitome of the place and period in which he lives, a rural land of springlike women, shady gamblers, wandering vagabonds, and soapbox orators. Yet here on the banks of the Shawmucky River, which weaves its primitive course through Raintree County, Indiana, he also feels and obeys ancient rhythms.

A number-one bestseller when it was first published in , this powerful novel is a compelling vision of 19th-century America with timeless resonance today. Published Oct This classic bestselling novel about a man who encounters a woman whose power to destroy is as strong as her power to love evokes Hemingway in its naturalistic portrayal of elemental forces in both nature and humanity.

When he found that she returned his adoration, he could marry her with joy, bothered just momentarily by a strange premonition. It was only later, when the premonition became a horrifying reality, that he realized the glowing loveliness of the woman he had married was the true face of evil.

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Published May The history of California in the midth century comes alive in this captivating historical novel. Garnet Cameron, a fashionable young lady of New York, is leading a neat, proper life, full of elegant parties and polite young men, yet the prospect of actually marrying any of them appalls her. Yearning for adventure, she instead marries Oliver Hale, a wild trader who is about to cross the mountains and deserts to an unheard-of land called California.

During Garnet and Oliver's honeymoon in New Orleans, she meets a dance-hall performer on the lam who calls herself Florinda Grove and is also traveling to California.

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Along the Jubilee Trail, Garnet and Florinda meet kinds of men never known to them before, and together they make their painstaking way over the harsh trail to Los Angeles, learning how to live without compromise and discover both true friendship and true love. Published May First published in , this bestselling historical novel is cherished and remembered as one of the finest retellings of the Civil War saga—America's own War and Peace.

In the first hard pinch of the Civil War, five siblings of an established Confederate Virginia family learn that their father is the grandfather of Abraham Lincoln. The family's story, and the story of their descendants, is presented in this tale that includes both soldiers and civilians—complete with their boasting, ambition, and arrogance, but also their patience, valor, and shrewdness.

The grandnephew of General James Longstreet, the author brings to life one of the most extraordinary periods in history, and details war as it really is—a disease from which, win or lose, no nation ever completely recovers. But a palpable terror is crouching in the shadows. Philippe's uncle, Leon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant—his paralysis little hindrance as he moves noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room.

Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic man who drives himself and his car with equally reckless abandon, seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma—though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature. When an accident deep in the woods nearly kills Linda's innocent charge, she begins to wonder if someone has deadly plans for the young count. Published May This brilliant Arthurian epic cuts through the mists of pagan, early Christian, and medieval splendors that have gathered about the subject and tells the authentic story of the man who may well have been the real King Arthur—Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century.

Presenting early Britain as it was after the departure of the Romans—no Round Table, no many-towered Camelot—the setting is a hard, savage land, half-civilized, half-pagan, where a few men struggled to forge a nation and hold back the Saxon scourge. Richly detailed, the story chronicles the formation of a great army, the hardships of winter quarters, the primitive wedding feasts, the pagan fertility rites, the agonies of surgery after battle, the thrilling stag hunts, and the glorious processions of the era.

Stripped of the chivalric embellishments that the French applied to British history centuries ago, the Arthurian age here emerges as a time when men stood at the precipice of history—a time of transition and changing values and imminent national peril. This realistic retelling of the legend shows Arthur severing the bonds of bastardy, vanquishing the Saxons, and loving one woman. Never before has a telling of the Arthur story made the breathtaking drama of this charismatic king more real or moving. Published Nov Bringing to life the thrilling days of the California gold rush, this novel follows the men and women who were already there when it all began with the first discovery of gold in —when San Francisco was a village of people.

Kendra came because her stepfather was an army officer assigned to duty in San Francisco. Ted said he came because he was bored working in a New York law office. And Marny went to the mining camp called Shiny Gulch to set up a gambling tent called the Calico Palace. These were the people who went up to the hills and came back staggering under the weight of the treasure they carried and who began transforming San Francisco from a shantytown into one of the most brilliant cities in the world. Witness the foundation of the golden empire before the first 49ers arrived; this is frontier California brought to vivid life.

Published Apr David Champlin is a black man born into poverty in Depression-era New Orleans who achieves great success and then sacrifices everything to lead his people in the difficult, day-by-day struggle of the civil rights movement. Sara Kent is the beloved and vital white girl who loved David from the moment she first saw him, but they struggled over David's belief that a marriage for them would not be right in the violent world he had to confront.

First published in , this epic has become one of the most loved American bestsellers. Published Apr Featuring an embattled young doctor, a divided Pennsylvania town, and a turn-of-the-century national scandal, this is a fascinating and detailed story of love, death, redemption, and the rise of modern medicine against 19th-century opposition and ignorance.

Revealing the terrible secrets of Jonathan Ferrier—the complex and capricious healer of Hambledon who remains an enigma to both his medical enemies and his friends—this novel tells the story of a brilliant and persecuted physician hounded by the double furies of a tragic past and threatened present. Amid the controversy, Dr. Robert Morgan—a sympathetic outsider and Dr.

Published Apr Nicola Ferris, impetuous, attractive, and on holiday from the British Embassy in Athens, arrives in Crete a day ahead of schedule and discovers adventure and romance. Blithely savoring the wild beauty of the countryside, she stumbles across an assured young Englishman hiding out in the hills who is less than pleased to have been found.

Before long, events begin to spiral in an alarmingly perilous fashion, leading to a stunning climax among the fishing boats of Agios Georgios Bay. With her keen delineation of character, Mary Stewart once again casts an enviable spell of suspense on readers. Published Sep Rose Cottage, a tiny thatched dwelling in an idyllic English country setting, would appear the picture of tranquility to any passersby. But when Kate Herrick returns to her childhood home to retrieve some family papers in the summer of , she uncovers a web of intrigue as tangled as the rambling roses in its garden.

The papers are missing. The village is alive with gossip. Did her elderly neighbors, suspected of being witches, really see nighttime prowlers and ghosts in the cottage garden? Kate's search for the truth brings her together with many childhood friends and neighbors and leads her down a trail of family bitterness, jealousy, and revenge. She ends up discovering a long-hidden secret that will change her life dramatically—along with romance in a place she least expects. First published in and a major bestseller, Rose Cottage is, to date, the last and most mature novel from one of Britain's greatest writers.

Le Guin, Translated by Olena Bormashenko. Published May Red Schuhart is a stalker, a young rebel who is compelled, despite extreme danger, to venture illegally into the Zone to collect mysterious alien artifacts. His life is dominated by the place and the thriving black market in alien products. But when he and his friend Kirill go into the Zone together, something goes terribly wrong. The news Red receives from his girlfriend upon his return makes it inevitable that he'll keep going back to the Zone, again and again, until he finds the answer to all his problems.

Back in print after 30 years, this brand new translation of a science-fiction classic has been supplemented with a foreword by Ursula K. Le Guin and a new afterword by Boris Strugatsky that explains the strange history of its original publication in Russia. Published Feb Abandoned pregnant and penniless on the teeming streets of London, year-old Amber St.

Published Sep First published in , this haunting novel of suspense and romance set in the Scottish Hebrides blends pungent description with sheer terror as only Mary Stewart can. Most visitors to the Isle of Skye are there to climb the jagged peaks of Blaven or fish the many sparkling streams, but Gianetta Brooke came to forget Nicholas Drury—the husband she had painfully divorced.

Then, upon the treacherous slopes of Blaven, a murder is committed, and although Gianetta missed the first act of an eerie, unearthly crime, the murderer is set to strike again and again before a thrilling finale that pits Gianetta face-to-face with a madman. As a minor player in the London theatre herself, Lucy naturally wishes to meet him—that is, until her sister indicates, with uncharacteristic vagueness, that all is not well with Sir Julian and that his composer son discourages visitors, particularly strangers. Yet Lucy has already encountered Sir Julian's son on the morning of her arrival, in a tempestuous run-in that involved the attempted shooting of a friendly dolphin.

First published in , this spirited novel will hold Mary Stewart fans breathless as it uncovers a series of mystifying and frightening events, tinging the otherwise sparkling setting of Corfu with dark hues of violence. Published Jun Don Rumata has been sent from Earth to the medieval kingdom of Arkanar with instructions to observe and to save what he can. Masquerading as an arrogant nobleman, a dueler, and a brawler, he is never defeated, but yet he can never kill. With his doubt and compassion, and his deep love for a local girl named Kira, Rumata wants to save the kingdom from the machinations of Don Reba, the first minister to the king.