The Ivy Tree
Mary Grey had come from Canada to the land of her forebears: Northumberland. As she savored the ordered, spare beauty of England’s northern fells, the silence was shattered by the shout of a single name: Annabel!” And there stood one of the angriest, most threatening young men Mary had ever... show more
Mary Grey had come from Canada to the land of her forebears: Northumberland. As she savored the ordered, spare beauty of England’s northern fells, the silence was shattered by the shout of a single name: Annabel!” And there stood one of the angriest, most threatening young men Mary had ever seen. His name was Connor Winslow, and Mary quickly discovered that he thought she was his cousina girl supposedly dead these past eight years. Alive, she would be heiress to an inheritance Connor was determined to have for himself. This remarkably atmospheric novel is one of bestselling-author Mary Stewart’s richest, most tantalizing, and most surprising efforts, proving her a rare master of the genre.
Publish date: September 1st 2007
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
The Ivy Tree was published seven years into Mary Stewart’s career, in 1961, and in some ways it’s one of her strongest books. (Also one of my favorites.) It’s set in Northumberland, and weaves together some of the strands that Stewart returned to frequently. It’s an interesting one to reread, becaus...
Finished! Well, I'll be hornswoggled. This book was really rather fabulous, actually. The beginning is a bit slow, but the plot twists come fast and furious in the last half. It's set in Northumbria, near Newcastle, which makes a nice change from Cornwall, and the Roman ruins figure in th...
3.5 stars. Another good mystery/romantic suspense story by Mary Stewart; The Ivy Tree wasn't my favorite, but was still good. The secret about Mary was an interesting twist, but I'm not sure how plausible the whole premise was. Sometimes I feel like Stewart's books verge on insta-love, but not this ...
This novel had me guessing the entire time! The best part was there were no hokey tricks, last minute third parties. But lots of irony. I very much enjoyed the suspense. Thanks, Jeanette for recommending it!
Wow what an ending! The twists and turns kept coming and every other chapter I changed my mind. Was she or wasn't she Annabel? I'm not saying.....but it was sure fun finding out!