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Rose cottage – tekijä: Mary Stewart
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Rose cottage (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1997; vuoden 1997 painos)

– tekijä: Mary Stewart

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When Kate Herrick's grandmother asks her to travel down from Scotland to her childhood home in Todhall to retrieve some papers and family momentoes before Rose Cottage is sold, Kate is happy enough to go, but curious as to the changes she may find there. Widowed in the recent war - this is the summer of 1947 - and comfortably settled now in London, she has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Todhall, and is in some doubt as to how the village will receive her. But Rose Cottage - a tiny thatched dwelling with a tangle of fragrant roses in the garden - is unchanged, and the villagers seem friendly. But there is disturbing evidence of a break-in at the cottage, and then her nearest neighbours, three elderly ladies from what the villagers call 'Witches' Corner', come with tales of night-time prowlers in the cottage garden, and even ghosts . . .… (lisätietoja)
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Kirjailijat:Mary Stewart
Info:New York : William Morrow, c1997.
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Rose Cottage (tekijä: Mary Stewart) (1997)

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A very enjoyable light read. Kathy is the main protagonist (and narrator) and she tells a good story. It's character-based, primarily, with just a hint of intrigue and an even smaller hint of a possible romance. It barely fits in Mary Stewart's 'romantic thriller' or 'romantic suspense' genre, but is all the more enjoyable for avoiding the violence and unpleasantness that appears unexpectedly in some of her other novels.

There are some delightful villagers in this, including three old biddies (who are probably no older than I am now..): their scenes are gently humorous as well as being important in the telling of the story. It's set in 1947, just after the second World War, and feels very realistic, even though it wasn't published until fifty years later.

Definitely recommended if you like light women's fiction with just a tiny bit of suspense.

Full review here: https://suesbookreviews.blogspot.com/2021/02/rose-cottage-by-mary-stewart.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Feb 10, 2021 |
DNF at 30%. I've read enough to know I don't want to keep reading, at least not now. Maybe I'll come back to it.

I picked this up for a reading challenge category (woman author with male pseudonym). I really liked Pargeter's Wales quartet, and this mid-century mystery series about a village policeman and his family sounded right up my alley. But the level of detail is stupefying, I have to stop an unravel sentences to get their meaning on a regular basis, and the unpleasant characters are really unpleasant. As in, I recoil from the words. Maybe my tolerance for reading racist and anti-Semitic language is just at a low. It fits the character, but it hits like a sledgehammer. I would get through that if the rest of it were easier to read, but it's not. ( )
  Sunita_p | May 18, 2019 |
Mary Stewart (1916 – 2014) was the author of numerous romantic suspense novels that were especially popular in the 1950s and 1960s. She wrote this book late in her career, and published it in 1997.

The setting of Rose Cottage is England in 1947, in the post- war period. Kathy Herrick, a young woman who has lost her husband to the war, returns to her childhood home, a tiny thatched cottage in the English countryside. As a child, Kathy had been abandoned there by her mother, who purportedly had departed with a “gipsy” and moved to Ireland, only to die two years later in an auto accident. Now Kathy has been sent back to Rose Cottage by her grandmother to retrieve some family papers held in a secret, locked cabinet. Kathy finds that the cottage has been broken into and the papers are missing. Neighbors report strange nighttime visitors to the cottage, and meanwhile, flowers had begun to appear on her older relatives’ graves. Kathy’s search for the answer to the growing mysteries leads her into a family history of abandonment, bitterness, and revenge. It turns out that Kathy's mother is still alive, and they are reunited joyfully – as her grandmother had planned. The history is revealed: her mother had become pregnant at 16 and eloped to avoid a scandal; she is now remarried to a wealthy American man who knows little of her past history. Meanwhile, Kathy decides to marry a young man named David, whom she’d known as a child, and who helped her solve the mystery. The romantic element is nearly non-existent, as is typical in Mary Stewart novels. One of the closing paragraphs gives a sense of the book’s tone: ”The quest, in the end, had been for myself, and I had been answered. It isn’t the roots that matter to life, it’s the flower. No more questions, no more looking back. I had found myself, and I knew where I belonged. I was part of this place, and it was part of me. I was home.”

Rose Cottage is no more than a pleasant little, old- fashioned story about a historically distant time and culture. It is heavy on description, very light on mystery, and dwells on family history – as one might expect of a book written by a woman in her 80s. It mainly will be of interest to “completists” who (like myself) seek to read everything by Mary Stewart. Newcomers to her works are better off sampling novels from early in her career, such as The Ivy Tree, Seven Coaches Waiting, and The Moon-Spinners. ( )
1 ääni danielx | Jun 3, 2018 |
Slightly mysterious. Lovely atmosphere. good characters. Very enjoyable. Nice cozy read for a rainy day. ( )
  njcur | Nov 12, 2014 |
Kathy Herrick returns to the village where she grew up six years after leaving it. As a small child her mother left her with her grandparents and she grew up in Rose Cottage, the small house they lived in on the estate where they worked.. Strange things have been taking place near and in Rose Cottage and Kathy gets caught up in the intrigue. A cozy with a feel good ending this is a good read for a light day of reading. ( )
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It is 1947, a calm, still day of June.
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He looked to be about my age, a capable-looking young man with brown hair and grey eyes, where I thought I could still see the quiet, clever seventeen-year-old who had been in my class at school.
I could hear, too, that my voice had taken back, as a kind of echo, some of the country sounds it had rejected. Kate Herrick or Kathy Welland? Which was I? Which did I want to be?
I remembered the Miss Popes as being deeply interested in all that went on in the village; at least, that was how they would have put it; the village called them, briefly and with adjectives that varied according to the station of the speaker, interfering old tabbies.
When I paused at the garden gate Miss Mildred was visible only as a flowered cotton rump sticking up among the lupins.
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ISBN 0380781433 is for Somewhere I'll Find You by Lisa Kleypas
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When Kate Herrick's grandmother asks her to travel down from Scotland to her childhood home in Todhall to retrieve some papers and family momentoes before Rose Cottage is sold, Kate is happy enough to go, but curious as to the changes she may find there. Widowed in the recent war - this is the summer of 1947 - and comfortably settled now in London, she has come a long way from her humble beginnings in Todhall, and is in some doubt as to how the village will receive her. But Rose Cottage - a tiny thatched dwelling with a tangle of fragrant roses in the garden - is unchanged, and the villagers seem friendly. But there is disturbing evidence of a break-in at the cottage, and then her nearest neighbours, three elderly ladies from what the villagers call 'Witches' Corner', come with tales of night-time prowlers in the cottage garden, and even ghosts . . .

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