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By Mary Stewart, Foreword by Meg Cabot

Rediscovered Classics


208 Pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95)

Publication Date: October 2008

ISBN 9781556527937

Rights: US

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2008)

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Magic, romance, and intrigue in a British country mansion

During Gilly Ramsey’s lonely childhood, the occasional visits of her mother’s cousin Geillis were like the visits of a fairy godmother. But years later, when she inherited Geillis’s home, Thornyhold, she also inherited her cousin’s reputation as a witch. The undeniable powers at work in the peculiar house would eventually force Gilly to choose her own path through the enchanted woods around her.             This bestselling novel delicately depicts a young woman falling in love in the delightful English countryside, where Thornyhold’s magic casements open upon peril, but also upon hope and happiness.


"Mary Stewart is one of my all-time favorite writers, [and] Thornyhold is my favorite." —Meg Cabot, author, The Princess Diaries and Queen of Babble

"Here [Stewart] shifts skillfully to the 20th century, mixing magic, witchcraft, and romance. Readers will be hooked from the very first line, 'I suppose that my mother could have been a witch if she had chosen to.' The opening promise of an engaging story is not broken. An enchanting novel that should have broad appeal." —Library Journal

"Stewart sustains readers’ interest with her sympathetic characters and her thoughtful, well-written narrative. She is a bit of a magician with words, conjuring up people and places with rich, descriptive images. One only wishes that a visit to Thornyhold lasted longer." —Orlando Sentinel

"A welcome reissue of Mary Stewart's novella . . . Thornyhold casts its own magical spell on us." —Historical Novels Review

Author Biography

Mary Stewart is the author of 20 novels, including The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Ivy Tree, The Last Enchantment, The Moonspinners, Nine Coaches Waiting, and The Wicked Day. Meg Cabot is the author of Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls: Moving Day and the Princess Diaries series.