The Ivy Tree

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  • Title: The Ivy Tree
  • Author: MaryStewart
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  • Page: 340
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    1. MaryStewart

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.Her unofficial fan site can be found at marystewartnovels.


    1. Deception and hidden identity are at the heart of this 1961 Mary Stewart novel. Mary Gray travels from Canada to Northumberland in northern England.There she's accosted on Hadrian's wall, in the middle of nowhere, by an extremely handsome but very hostile guy, Con Winslow. Con is certain that she's his long-lost relative, Annabel Winslow, and threatens her. Once she convinces him that she's not Annabel, it occurs to Con that it would be very useful to him to have Mary pretend to be Annabel, who [...]

    2. I have been thinking about this book this morning & my star rating veered all over the place until I finally settled on a four.There is a lot to love about this book, especially the descriptions of scenery & mystery. & it was a page turner, that kept me interested until the end. While I wasn't sure who the heroine really was till near the finish, I also wasn't sure who the love interest was - the romance was sparse, even by Stewart's standards. In fact, two of the secondary character [...]

    3. i admit i have a weakness for all that wuthers, so i really enjoyed this. it's got everything you need to make your own gothic romance playset, so it's a little predictable, but it's a quick read and perfectly acceptable (i.e. not to be ashamed of)escapist fiction. plus, they reissued them in these nice trees-and-moors covers, which means the old, bad romance-looking ones are gone for good. when i was reading that damn nora roberts book, i was very much aware of its physical presence. i don't ha [...]

    4. This might well be the most cleverly and tightly plotted of all Mary Stewart's romance-mystery novels and--alone among her novels--this is the only one with a seemingly unreliable narrator. When we first meet Mary Grey, she is enjoying the early morning sun and (of course!) having a smoke in the fine spring air near Hadrian's Wall.The second hand smoke doesn't seem to bother the lambs.What I loved most was the skill with which Mary Stewart kept me in suspense about who Mary really is while leadi [...]

    5. I’ve been kind of putting off writing a review for this. I guess it’s because I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the other Stewart books I’ve read. There was no exciting car chases or exotic locations. The hero was a real dud for me. I always felt like the author was holding information back, which always sends out lots of flags. You can always see that there is going be a big twist at the end when information is being withheld, especially when it’s in first person.That’s not to say [...]

    6. While not my personal favorite in the Stewart pantheon, The Ivy Tree is still a well executed and cleverly plotted suspense novel from the queen of romantic suspense, and deserves every one of my 4 stars. It's been a while since I first read this, so while I remembered the main jist of the story for this re-read, there was even more I had forgotten, which was ok. It's hard to review this book, because to say almost anything about the plot or the characters might spoil the tale for new-comers. So [...]

    7. I was so enamored of Mary Stewart’s writing when I was a teenager that I would hide when I read them so that I could pretend not to hear my older sister calling me to do chores. I am almost that enchanted with them this second time around, but it is now a husband who keeps trying to pry me away.The Ivy Tree can easily be placed among my favorites of the mystery/romances. It is complicated enough to keep you guessing and every time you think you have figured it out for sure, Mary Stewart makes [...]

    8. I read this the first time in junior high. I had discovered her books through the Moonspinners, first on the Wonderful World of Disney, with Hayley Mills and the lovely Peter McEnery, upon whom I had a crush. Movie was fun, but the books, oh, the bookswith those I have had a life-long love affair. After I tracked down the aforementioned book, I discovered some very unprepossessing looking books on my mother’s bookshelves which turned out to be several more of Mary Stewart’s novels, including [...]

    9. This is the third novel by Mary Stewart I’ve read in the past few months and my least favourite so far. It lacks in a number of departments. Firstly, although the novel is nominally set around Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland, the setting could just as easily have been any rural England location with horses. Some early references to the Wall and a theme involving a search for Roman ruins provide the totality of the Northumberland scene setting. While the descriptive writing is excellent, it [...]

    10. If you were asked to step into someone else's shoes; BE that person, could you do it? Would you do it? This was Mary Grey's first dilemma, one which she resolved by agreeing to the plot suggested by a strange woman she talked with in the town of Newcastle. But is the plan really as simple as it seems? Is Mary Grey who she says she is? Is Connor nothing more than a darkly handsome stranger or something quite different? What exactly is an ivy tree? And, most importantly, is scene-stealing Tommy re [...]

    11. Where is Alfred Hitchcock when you need him? I think this book would have been right up his alley and would have made a marvelous movie under his direction. I absolutely loved it. How could you not when there were passages like this:The kitchen was a big, pleasant room, with a high ceiling, a new cream-coloured Aga stove, and long curtains that stirred in the June breeze. The floor was of red tiles, covered with those bright rugs of hooked rag that make Northern kitchens so attractive. In front [...]

    12. This is my second Mary Stewart gothic romance. I read Nine Coaches Waiting, which seems to fairly consistently reside in one of the top spots on vintage gothic romance lists, last year, and really enjoyed it.The difficult nature of reviewing one of these gothic romances presents itself every time I sit down to write one. Much of the enjoyment in these books resides in experiencing the twists and turns of the plot as they unfold. Like a mystery, revealing the secrets of the book really will spoil [...]

    13. "I might have been alone in a painted landscape. The sky was still and blue, and the high cauliflower clouds over to the south seemed to hang without movement."So begins this story of impersonation set in Northumberland. Mary Grey, visitor from Canada, is mistaken for the lovely Annabel Winslow who had run away to the States eight years ago. What could have sent Annabel fleeing? That is the first question of many. Mary meets Connor Winslow, cousin to Annabel, and then Con's sister, Lisa. The thr [...]

    14. This is a long time favourite of mine, read several times.A version of 'Brat Farrar' written not long after that book ([edit]I double checked - 12years after) and with it's own twist. Mary Stewart weaves a tapestry drawing you in with poetic whimsy that brings alive the mood and moment, it took a second read to see the clues so cleverly hidden in the musings. It's the writing that raises this from a simple mystery to something special, almost mystical in places.There's a timeless quality to it a [...]

    15. THE IVY TREE (Suspense, Mary Grey/Annabel Winslow-England-cont) - ExStewart, Mary – StandaloneHodder & Stoughton, 1961, UK Hardcover First Sentence: I might have been alone in a painted landscape.*** Annabel Winslow has been dead for four years. Mary Grey, over from Canada, looks enough like Annabel to be her twin. When Conner, foreman at Whitescar, stumbles upon her, it takes a bit of convincing that she is Mary. Con, and his half-sister, Lisa, work up a plan for Mary to pretend to be the [...]

    16. Possibly my favourite Mary Stewart so far -- and the last of her mystery/romances, which is possibly why. Gah, I can't believe I have no more to look forward to. I accidentally spoilered myself as to the end of this one, but that was okay because the narration is clever enough that I just spent the time trying to catch Mary/Annabel out.I wish I knew what it was that makes Mary Stewart's mystery/romances work for me, but I can't really put my finger on it. Something about the atmosphere, the char [...]

    17. Mary Grey had come from Canada to the land of her forebears: Northumberland. As she savored the ordered, spare beauty of England’s northern fells, the silence was shattered by the shout of a single name:“Annabel!”3.5 stars. Another good mystery/romantic suspense story by Mary Stewart; The Ivy Tree wasn't my favorite, but was still good. The secret about Mary was an interesting twist, but I'm not sure how plausible the whole premise was. Stewart's books usually incorporate insta-love, but n [...]

    18. Another Mary Stewart romantic thriller where the heroine is lovely, wears frocks, and uncovers a murderer. And it's the only place I've ever heard of "singing hinnies." I ate up these books like they were popcorn when I was a teenager. We enter the story at Hadrian's Wall, where Mary Grey is accosted by a man who insists that he knows her, and that her name is really Annabel. Mary assures him it is not, and has the driver's license to prove it.But that only changes the tenor of Conner's interest [...]

    19. I almost gave this a five but, the first half was slow and I actually figured it out momentarily.Still it was well worth the read. And I liked that it had a thrilling end. So all in all I'm glad I read it. One thing that drove me into distractions is that for the whole first half of the book Mary had as a permanent fixture a cigarette in her hand. Do you know how tiresome that is? I quite frankly could not picture her as young with that thing in her mouth. All the people I know who smoke as much [...]

    20. It seems to me that every Stewart story should have been filmed by Hitchcock. Why weren't they?Anyway, a perfect story set near Hadrian's wall, with old estates, family conflict over inheritance, a little mystery, a lot of suspense, and some accurate and engaging scenery.I suppose the Barbara Vine books come out of this sort of mold, as well as the Mary Higgins Clark books.

    21. THE IVY TREEby Mary StewartWilliam Morrow 1961This is a classic that will still be in print 100 years from now. I've read it several times, and also the UK edition, which is slightly different. The Morrow U.S. edition and following reprints cut out an entire chapter and a major plot point that really does add more depth to the story. You really have not read this book until you've read the original UK edition. From the 1961 hardback dust jacket:"Mary Grey had come from Canada to the land of her [...]

    22. Moody and atmospheric, with heavy hints of Rebecca, this is precisely the kind of Gothic Mystery/Suspense I like. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect going into this, but this book begins with a head-down charge at the plot and I loved it. Yes, this was descriptive the way Gothic novels are, but Stewart never let it overtake the plot or the momentum of the story.First published in 1961 in Britain (1962 here in the States), The Ivy Tree has an almost timeless quality to it. Yes, there are cars [...]

    23. I'll always have a soft spot for this author's wonderful work. This is a quietly paced cozy mystery, wonderful for time and place. Set in the isolated bleakness of Northumberland it involves a missing heiress who suddenly returns under a cloud of mystery.Whilst I don't think it is as strong as some of Mary Stewart's other books, it's still an engaging read. I enjoyed that it was not revealed who Annabel Winslow really was until the final pages. I also liked that the hero wasn't quite as clear cu [...]

    24. This was the book that got me hooked on Mary Stewart and it actually improved on second reading. Still one of her best, with exquisitely-constructed suspense, a thoroughly memorable plot twist, a wonderfully three-dimensional villain, and some great themes about doing the right thing rather than the thing your heart leads you to do, with far more of a sense of Providence and morality than I've found in Stewart's other works. This is also definitely a book you have to read at least twice to get t [...]

    25. I read this book while sitting on Hadrian's Wall in Great Britain (and got soaked for my troubles during the Hexham Fair later that week) and so I felt right at home in the World of "The Ivy Tree" which takes place in that very place. This is a terrific suspense romance. My wife has currently read it twice since I introduced her to it last year, and I have multipled it myself several times. On my faves list.

    26. Another Mary Stewart reread. This is another that I think I only read once before. Maybe twice, maybe. It's probably my least favorite of the author's books in this category, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth reading. This story is a departure from her other romantic suspense novels, in that the protagonist's identity is as much of a puzzle as who else might be a threat. It would even be difficult to categorize this story as strictly romantic suspense, or mystery, though it is definitely full [...]

    27. The only Stewart books I'd read before were her "Merlin" series (which I own and love). This one (published in 1961)was written as a contemporary novel, but is now something of a period piece. I was immediately struck by how much the protagonist smokes! More subtly, the attitudes to the "place" of men and women, and the power [im:]balances between them, make it impossible to forget that this is a novel of an earlier time.There are plot elements that I can't refer to without revealing major spoil [...]

    28. Gothic romances are not a favorite genre of mine. But Mary Stewart is writer I love to read, no matter the genre she's writing in, so I was happy to get a chance to read The Ivy Tree. (Her straight rom-suspense are my favorites.)Two of Stewart's strengths show here. First there's her ability to create characters you believe in but don't quite trust. It keeps her stories mysterious. In this book there isn't a character except the cook that I don't suspect at some point, and I think I got suspicio [...]

    29. Another enjoyable read by Mary Stewart. I'm so glad to have "discovered" her right before summer. Now I have tons of fast, fun reads for by the pool!The Ivy House wasn't nearly as good as Nine Coaches Waiting, but it was still a very readable and intriguing mystery novel. I liked the story and the characters and the setting (England 1960s). The fault I had with the book, and the reason I could only give it 3 stars, is that I had a major problem with the first-person narrator keeping secrets from [...]

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