Thornyhold

Thornyhold

Book - 1988
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When Gilly Ramsey, whose childhood has been one of lonely isolation, inherits an English country home steeped in magic, she discovers an intriguing, mysterious world, and a man who teaches her to love.
Publisher: New York : Morrow, c1988.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780688084257
0688084257
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

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AL_KATI May 11, 2017

What a little gem of a book. I read this on a hot summer day just before the thunderstorm came in. The air was charged with electricity as I read, a perfect setting for a classic Mary Stewart novel.

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owllight
Jul 27, 2015

I loved this book. Set in the English countryside it is full of mystery and magic and a sprinkling of love.

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Wattage
Nov 04, 2014

This is one of my personal favourites and a book I can re-read any time.

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kalio
Feb 19, 2010

When Gilly Ramsey was a lonesome little girl, her one true friend was her mother?s eccentric and enchanting cousin Geilles. Geilles had a near-magical way of teaching little Gilly about flowers and animals and then?poof?she?d disappear on one of her world travels, leaving Gilly alone again but a little less lonely. When Gilly grows into a resourceful, modest, lovely young woman in the late 1940s, cousin Geilles wills her a charming old cottage in the countryside. As Gilly makes her new house into a home and gets to know the neighbors, she discovers that Geilles had something of a reputation as a ?white witch? with the ability to cure minor aches of the mind, body, and spirit. And, to Gilly?s surprise, the locals expect more of the same from her; to her even greater surprise, the know-how to do so comes very easily. But there?s a mystery here as well. One neighbor, cheery Agnes Trapp, is a bit too friendly, and a bit too eager to get her hands on something hidden inside Geilles? house. Another neighbor is a strikingly handsome writer, with a precocious animal-loving son who offers the true olive branch of friendship. A few animals play a significant role?carrier pigeons, a black cat, a wounded dog. And Geilles? cottage has a few surprises as well, including a room full of herbs and a missing recipe book. There?s even the occasional flash of ?Sight? that gives Gilly and extra, special power. Author Mary Stewart is best known for her gothic romances and her trilogy about the Arthurian legend; Thornyhold is gentle little gem that?s filled to the brim with an old-fashioned, cozy charm.

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