Magic, romance, and intrigue in a British country mansionDuring 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.
Reviews"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 BiographyMary 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.