Determined to uncover the truth, Kate seeks the help of childhood friends and neighbors. Her quest leads her along a trail of family bitterness, jealousy and revenge- and into an exploration of her own past. Along the way she finds true happiness in her humble beginnings and discovers romance where she least expects it.
©1998 Mary Stewart; (P)2009 Phoenix
I was seeking another of Mary Stewart's stories, Thornyhold (which I am sincerely hoping arrives in audiobook form!) and picked up this novel. It is very like Thornyhold in the lovely simplicity of the story. There is something truly magical about how Mary Stewart can craft such compelling stories and yet offer them up in such a delicate manner, with just enough information to offer a depth to the characters without overloading them to the point of causing baggage. It is a very rare skill, and it is beautifully shown here. The story isn't complex, and if you are looking for deep intrigue you won't find it here, but it is a lovely listen and so very enjoyable.
The narration suited the story perfectly!
No, I do not consider the audio edition of Rose Cottage better than the print. For me, it is just more convenient as an audio book. Mary Stewart is a long time favorite and I enjoy an easy read (or listen) that warms the heart and reduces rather than makes stress.
A familiarity, as if you know the characters personally.
Lady Brandon, because older people have so much more life experience to share.
Mary Stewart is always a good read.
This may have suffered from being abridged (which I hadn't noticed when I ordered it), but the story here, although pleasant, was very slight, with the plot turns quite obvious.
I've read a few of Mary Stewart's books and this wasn't really up to the same level as some of her other romantic thrillers.
The accents that the narrator gave the character were quite peculiar. It's set in County Durham (one character works in Sunderland and another is staying near Bishop Auckland), but most of the accents seem vaguely Scottish or Irish. That apart, it's well read.
A delightful story of mystery and love , life and family past and present beautifully narrated with a strong storyline simply delightful.
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