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When Gilly's aunt leaves Thornyhold to her, a house in the middle of the woods, Gilly finds that she has inherited far more than she realized. Along with the house comes a cat, a still room filled with herbs (and a missing recipe book), an attic chamber with carrier pigeons (who have secret messages), and an attractive neighbor whose young son offers the sacred and unique blessing of friendship. But Thornyhold possesses far more than even these simple offerings. The place itself seems to bestow otherworldly gifts as well.
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Chicago Review Press, 2008, c1988
Edition: Unabridged ed
ISBN: 9781556527937
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEWART 2008
Characteristics: 207 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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So you've always wanted to inherit a cottage in the English countryside...possibly this will make you rethink things.

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AL_KATI May 11, 2017

What a little gem of a book. I read this on a hot summer day just before the thunderstorm came in. The air was charged with electricity as I read, a perfect setting for a classic Mary Stewart novel.

Jul 27, 2015

I loved this book. Set in the English countryside it is full of mystery and magic and a sprinkling of love.

Nov 04, 2014

This is one of my personal favourites and a book I can re-read any time.

Feb 19, 2010

When Gilly Ramsey was a lonesome little girl, her one true friend was her mother?s eccentric and enchanting cousin Geilles. Geilles had a near-magical way of teaching little Gilly about flowers and animals and then?poof?she?d disappear on one of her world travels, leaving Gilly alone again but a little less lonely. When Gilly grows into a resourceful, modest, lovely young woman in the late 1940s, cousin Geilles wills her a charming old cottage in the countryside. As Gilly makes her new house into a home and gets to know the neighbors, she discovers that Geilles had something of a reputation as a ?white witch? with the ability to cure minor aches of the mind, body, and spirit. And, to Gilly?s surprise, the locals expect more of the same from her; to her even greater surprise, the know-how to do so comes very easily. But there?s a mystery here as well. One neighbor, cheery Agnes Trapp, is a bit too friendly, and a bit too eager to get her hands on something hidden inside Geilles? house. Another neighbor is a strikingly handsome writer, with a precocious animal-loving son who offers the true olive branch of friendship. A few animals play a significant role?carrier pigeons, a black cat, a wounded dog. And Geilles? cottage has a few surprises as well, including a room full of herbs and a missing recipe book. There?s even the occasional flash of ?Sight? that gives Gilly and extra, special power. Author Mary Stewart is best known for her gothic romances and her trilogy about the Arthurian legend; Thornyhold is gentle little gem that?s filled to the brim with an old-fashioned, cozy charm.


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