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A classic tale of love, intrigue, adventure and the natural world, set on a beautiful isolated Hebridean island, by beloved novelist Mary Stewart.

When Rose Fenemore takes a desperately needed holiday to an isolated cottage on the Scottish island of Moila she doesn't expect much in the way of adventure - just a few quiet weeks of writing, walking and bird-watching. And then, late one night during a wild storm, two young men appear in her doorway, seeking shelter from the wind and rain. Neither man is quite who he claims, and the question of whom to trust will put Rose in grave peril....

The stormy petrels. The fragile, tiny black birds, nocturnal and solitary, that come ashore to nest but spend most of the lives flying close above the sea waves, come storm or shine.

©1991 Mary Stewart (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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A Delightful Snapshot of the Mid Century Hebrides

A pleasant nature jaunt on one Scotland’s wild, rocky islands with a tiny bit of mystery thrown in. It’s a nice, relaxing story. Excellent narration!!

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Not my favorite Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart's stand alone books are favorites. I like Wildings and Rose Cottage better than this title. This story wasn't as fun to read.

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Not the usual intense Mary Stewart

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As far as cozy mysteries go, this is a wonderful one. If you are used to Mary Stewart’s more intense novels, this almost won’t feel like the same author. But I feel that this actually qualifies as a different genre from her older books.

That said, it’s well-written and an interesting glimpse into English life pre-cell phones. Some of the colloquial language had me thinking that it is set in the 1960’s or 70’s?

Mary Stewart’s power of description certainly is as enviable as ever. You can visualize the islands easily.

The characters are fully-fleshed out and likable (even the villain!).

Narrator: 5 stars

Ms. Beaton seems, to this admittedly American ear, to do justice the soft accent of the Gaelic people on the island. Her British accent also sounded fine to me. Her male voices are actually quite deep and believable, especially given that her female lead has a higher pitched voice. All the voices, high or low, are well acted and have good expression!

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Worth the time

It probably was slightly undeveloped as her usual stories go but it was lovely and evocative.

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Good Stewart Read.

The story kept me engaged. As ever, Stewart's descriptions of the countryside are a beautiful travelogue. The story was well scripted and the mystery intriguing. A good read. I did not care for the narrator's voice which was a little too high-pitched for my ear, though the reading was competent.

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  • LindaB@23
  • 03-09-21

Brilliant and easy listen

I like Mary Stewart this book is an easy listen and it catches you up and takes you on a magical ride

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-21

disappointing story from Mary Stewart

didn't enjoy listening to this narrator read this story with a weak and predictable plot

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  • Mother bird
  • 12-01-19

One of my favourires

Initially distracted by the narrators voice which doesnt sound like a Cambridge don. The other accents were lovely as is the story itself. Very satusfying.

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  • Gianetta
  • 10-20-21

Favourite book spoilt by narration

I love Mary Stewart’s writing but The narrator’s speech pattern and voice were completely wrong. I so wish the older recorded versions of Mary Stewart’s books were available. Saying that however, Susie Riddell’s narration of The Wind off the Small Isles is perfect.