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Nine Coaches Waiting

Stewart, Mary (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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A governess in a French château encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel. When lovely Linda Martin first arrives at Château Valmy as an English governess to the nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy, the opulence and history surrounding her seems like a wondrous, ecstatic dream. But a palpable terror is crouching in the shadows. Philippe's uncle, Leon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant#151;his paralysis little hindrance as he moves noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room. Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic man who drives himself and his car with equally reckless abandon, seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma#151;though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature. When an accident deep in the woods nearly kills Linda's innocent charge, she begins to wonder if someone has deadly plans for the young count.
Authors: Stewart, Mary, 1916-
Title: Nine coaches waiting
Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, c2006
Characteristics: iv, 342 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Mary Stewart
Notes: Originally published: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1958
New foreword by Sandra Brown
ISBN: 9781556526183
1556526180
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEWART 2006
Subject Headings: France Fiction Haute-Savoie (France) Fiction Governesses France Fiction
Genre/Form: Romantic suspense fiction
Love stories
Topical Term: Governesses
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A governess in a French château encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel.


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Jul 01, 2013
  • sal222 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this classic English novel. It takes several gothic elements, such as the secluded French countryside, a family with dark secrets and a dash of romance, and results in an intriguing mystery with an interesting cast of characters.

This is Mary Stewart at her best, before she got a bit tired on her later ones like Rose Cottage. The escape and flight part is wonderful to read; so vivid it's better than a movie. The idea that protecting the family name is of any importance compared to the life of a little boy is hard to comprehend, but Stewart is contrasting nobility in the sense of titles with nobility in the sense of noble character. Even the villain recognizes that Linda is 'gallant', though that doesn't make him want to emulate her.

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