Rose Fenemore is taking a break from her Cambridge teaching post in an isolated cottage on the island of Moila. One evening, she is shocked to discover an attractive stranger, Ewen Mackay, in her kitchen, who claims to have grown up in the cottage. She is tempted to believe him, when another man seeks shelter from the storm. John Parsons also rouses Rose's skepticism...and more tender feelings as well. And as the truth about the two men unfolds, the stormy petrels, fragile elusive birds who fly close to the waves, come to symbolize Rose's confusion and the mystery of her future....
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Mary Stewart was born in Sunderland, County Durham, England, but lived for many years in Scotland, where she divided her time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands. Lady Stewart's career as a novelist began in 1956 with Madam, Will You Talk? She went on to publish 20 novels, all bestsellers, including her Merlin trilogy about the legendary enchanter Merlin and the young Arthur (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment, and The Wicked Day), and The Stormy Petrel and Thornyhold. Her books for children include The Little Broomstick, Ludo and the Star Horse, and A Walk in Wolf Wood. She also published a book of poetry entitled Frost on the Window. Stewart died in 2014.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fun story. The romance is barely hinted at, the mystery keeps popping up and disappearing again, and the real story is just people and everyday events and the island life. There's more interest in the styles and types of writing, and the mechanics of getting food when there's only a thrice-weekly ferry, than in a thief and con-man. And the machair and the midges and the stormy petrels are what really stand out. There's also a good bit of philosophy, of the uncommon-sense variety - those who can write should, and not let the world drown them out; it's not a betrayal to tell the truth on a liar... like that. Lovely story.
I think if this book as one of those old fashioned cozy mysteries. No big murder and mayhem and horrible deaths. This mystery is in fact rather light on the suspense element, although it tries to set up a mystery. It isn't scary. There's barely a touch of romance. I enjoyed the book as a pleasant light read, and what I most enjoyed was the descriptive nature of the environment of the Scottish Hebrides. I also liked that the protaganist, a poet and professor, was secretly a science fiction writer under an alias.