Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Memes: Thornyhold by Mary Stewart

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. The Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week I am spotlighting Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. I recently discovered a series of books called Rediscovered Classics done by Chicago Review Press which is reprinting a number of books I remember reading years ago. I thought I had read everything Mary Stewart wrote but somehow this one has eluded me until now. Here is the description from Amazon:
During Gilly Ramsey’s lonely childhood, the occasional brief visits of her mother’s cousin were a delight, seeming like visits of a fairy godmother. Years later, when Gilly inherits Thornyhold, her house, she discovers that her cousin, with her still room and herbalist practices—and her undoubted powers—had long been known to the locals as a witch. She is approached by neighbors, some innocent, some not so innocent, but all assuming that she, too, is a witch, and a possible addition to the local coven. Gilly finds there is some truth in this, for she discovers that she can call on a kind of power in difficult moments. This wonderful novel from bestselling author Mary Stewart is delicate in its perception of a young woman’s falling in love, delightful in its portrayal of the English countryside, and skilled in its creation of a world full of magic.
I suppose that my mother could have been a witch if she'd chosen to. But she met my father, who was a rather saintly clergyman, and he cancelled her out. 
Friday 56: 
Slowly, as I lay with open eyes, the darkness dissolved into shapes of varying blackness; the room was a cave of blackness with the faint oblongs of the uncurtained windows showing indigo.


  1. What a great find! I'll have to check out the list for Chicago Press.

    Have a nice weekend.

  2. I haven't read this one in ages but I loved it! I definitely want to go back and reread this and revisit some of my other favorite Mary Stewarts. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Not heard of this one. He cancelled her out? As a witch or is she dead? Sounds fascinating:)

    Here's my 56 -

  4. I'm definitely interested in the Rediscovered Classics list. Thornyhold sounds like a story I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty.

  5. Very interesting! I think I'll just go check out those Rediscovered Classics...
    My 56:

  6. I like the sound of this one.Here is my Friday 56

  7. It's been years since I read this but I remember enjoying it,

  8. Thanks for sharing a forgotten story.

  9. Thanks for dropping by my blog. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  10. Forgot to mention, that I would pick up the book just to walk through that door. lol


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