Rose Cottage, a tiny thatched dwelling in an idyllic English country setting, would appear the picture of tranquility to any passerby. But when Kate Herrick returns to her childhood home to retrieve some family papers in the summer of 1947, she uncovers a web of intrigue as tangled as the rambling roses in its garden. The papers are missing. The village is alive with gossi...more
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In recent years, more or less since she wrote the Merlin Trilogy, Mary Stewart's novels have become more romances and less thrillers. Rose Cottage is the most recent, and bears a distinct resemblance to Thornyhold, from just a few years earlier. Both are about returns to childhood homes, and both are about the protagonist discovering her true self, coming to new understanding about her family, both have an old fashioned atmosphere, and both...more
Rose Cottage is the childhood home of Kathy Welland and is part of Tod Hall estates in England. After several years being away, Kathy comes home to Rose Cottage to box up some of her Gran's belongings and ship them up to Scotland. She finds a mystery. Who found the hidden safe box, found the key, and emptied it? Who was the "gypsy" who put flowers on Aunt Betsy's grave? Who was digging in the garden?...more
Regardless, it's a light, easy tale set in 1947 England about Kathy/Kate, her grandmother, her religious holier-than-thou Aunt Betsy, her mother the Fallen Woman, and Rose Cottage where they all lived. Kathy doesn't know who her father is -- her mother became pregnant at 16, and the father was never named. K...more
In 1947 young Kate Herrick is sent by her grandmother, who raised her, back to the rural English village she was raised in to close up Rose Cottage, as her grandmother will be remaining in Scotland. When Kate a...more
And, if it matters to anyone else, there's no cou...more
This book centers around Kathy, a girl who grew up in a small village in England, and returns after a number of years. Her mother died when she was small, and she was raised by her grandmother and great aunt. Her return to the village sets the stage for a little...more
We've got a couple of little mysteries going. This is a bit like Thornyhold, written forty years later. Interesting the differences between her writing right after the war, and from a nostalgic distance.
In conclusion,this is also quite a bit like The Shell Seekers. I love seeing the answer to "What was your war like?" for various characters. Stewart addresses the tremendous shift in class boundaries that came with the war, solves a few little mysteries with a fair b...more
"I am not myself afraid of the dark," said Miss...more
Coming home to clear out her grandmother's belongings (Gran's settling in Scotland now), Kate discovers that some items have been stolen from Rose Cottage. She also discovers that she loves Rose Cottage more than her current home in London. And she discovers that someone still has eyes for her.
Mostly, she discovers answers to mysteries o...more
collaborated with Rosamund Pilcher, this could have been the result.
Some mystery, some romance, and a good portrayal of post-World War II England. Very different from Stewart's Arthurian tetralogy, but enjoyable all the same.
Lady Mary Stewart is a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years, but has now retired.
She is one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for...more