Rose Cottage

Rose Cottage

by Mary Stewart

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'Vivid, enthralling, absolutely first class' Daily Mail

Summer, 1947. Kate Herrick, widowed in the war, returns to Rose Cottage, her childhood home, to retrieve a few family papers before the house is sold. But Rose Cottage is not the idyllic paradise she remembers from her childhood. The papers themselves are missing, and neighbours tell stories of night-time prowlers. Kate discovers that the long shadow of an old secret lies over the house, and in bringing Rose Cottage into the light she will finally be forced to confront the truth of her own past.

Beyond the weedy garden with its riot of rose bushes, nothing had changed. The beck, wide here and quiet, slid past below the bridge. Willows and wild roses, cuckoo pint and king cups, and a wood pigeon crooning in the elms. And someone crossing the bridge to approach the garden gate. Someone I knew well...

Mary Stewart's last novel, Rose Cottage is a classic of her writing. Featuring a sparky heroine, an exceptional eye for detail, romance, intrigue and the gentle promise of a bright future, Rose Cottage is a must-read for all fans... and everyone who loves a good story beautifully told.

'There are few to equal Mary Stewart' Daily Telegraph

'A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors' Harriet Evans

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444715101
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/26/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 39,029
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mary Stewart was one of the 20th century's bestselling and best-loved novelists. She was born in Sunderland, County Durham in 1916, but lived for most of her life in Scotland, a source of much inspiration for her writing. Her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for The Crystal Cave, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for one of her children's books, Ludo and the Star Horse. She was married to the Scottish geologist Frederick Stewart, and died in 2014.

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Rose Cottage 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
lycomayflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pleasant read with a slight mystery. I enjoyed the setting of late-forties rural England more, perhaps, than the story itself, but that is not really a criticism. Certainly not as plotty or suspenseful as others of Stewart's, but an afternoon's visit to an appealing time gone by with just enough goings on to keep one going on.
moonshineandrosefire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kathy Herrick's mother had left her when she was a little girl and gone off with the gypsies. Thinking that her mother is now dead, Kathy has returned to her childhood home - Rose Cottage - to claim it for her own. I liked this story very much and give it a C+!
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lovely. A little romance, a little mystery - the Mary Stewart patented kind, with lots of maybe-nastiness that dissolves away into happiness at the end. The final convention in the cottage is laugh-out-loud funny, starting with the bit about Bunny. The setting is fascinating, too - 1948 and still under rationing, and the similarities and differences between Scottish Strathbeg, English Todhall, and London. A highly enjoyable story.
bridgetmarkwood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reading is always a gentle pleasure when Mary Stewart is involved. Rose Cottage was mystery that moved/unfolded at a perfect pace. Nothing too crazy or disturbing... just a fun read. I found it relaxing during a stressful week. It reinforced my love for this author.
Novelreaction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having recently moved, some old favorite authors came to my attention while moving boxes. My husband kept getting irritated with me when I would get distracted by the books, pulling them out and making stacks of ¿to be read¿ books instead of putting the books away. Unfortunately, my desire to read is always greater than my free time so the stacks will quickly get out of control unless I am reminded that I own the books and just have to pull them out when I want to read them. I decided to read Mary Stewart¿s Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart has been a favorite for years because I love her Arthurian series but I don¿t remember reading anything else by her.The novel is set in England in 1947 (I debated about tagging it as historical but to me historical feels at least 100 years old so I didn¿t), right after the end of World War II. I have read numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, that take place during WWII but this is the first that takes place in post WWII England.The story is a great one about family, community and the mistakes that can greatly impact our lives. I really like the main character, Kathy¿s attitude. Instead of whining about the sad events in her life, she just quietly moves forward making the best of things. It reminds me that no matter how tough things are, you can always be happy.The story was a little slower moving than most other books but I actually enjoyed the pace as a change to the normal. It is a quick read and most of the plot revolves around the main characters search for answers about her past but there is some romance woven within the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Stewart but compared to her earlier books this book is boring.
misskitty52 More than 1 year ago
I read this many years ago & dearly loved it. Sad to see that her classics aren't on nook, though. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely nostalgia piece. Having grown up with Mary Stewart, I was delighted to see this title that was new to me. For all of you who love the community feel of small villages, this story will warm your heart!