The Gabriel Hounds
It's all a grand adventure when Christy Mansel unexpectedly runs into her cousin Charles in Damascus. And being young, rich, impetuous, and used to doing whatever they please, they decide to barge in uninvited on their eccentric Great-Aunt Harriet—despite a long-standing family rule strictly forbidding unannounced visits. A strange new world awaits Charles and Christy bey...more
Group read with the Mary Stewart group
First line: I MET HIM in the street called Straight.
Christabel Mansel is on vacation in Damascus. She runs into her "cousin" Charles and the two of them decide to drop in on their great aunt Harriet. Harriet is a modern day Lady Hester Stanhope living in her palace "Dar Ibrahim" up in the mountains of Lebanon. Harriet has a reputation for being quite eccentric.
Christy visits Aunt Harriet first. Charles arrives later and things just...more
It's fun, in that way, and pretty mindless. The main character/narrator is female, but spends most of her time being rescued by men, despite being allegedly headstrong and capable. She does have spark, though. Halid...more
so i spent the first three days drawing and studying how i could possibly commit suicide. Alas, suicide is impossible there. The wacky shack is fucking suicide proof, Trust me on that.( its actually pretty impressive.
Ao, out of...more
The trouble begins when they decide to visit their eccentric great Aunt Harriet who lives and dresses like a man in her palace in Lebanon. Aunt Harriet...more
Lady Hester Stanhope was, at least when seen from a distance, a romantic figure. Her background was the English Regency nobility, and yet she ended up in a palace in Syria, playing the role of the (male) Arab potentate. She is the basis for the character around whom this novel rotates, but in this case at least the reality behind the romance is rather more shabby - ostentation is not cheap in the twentieth century.
After many years during whic...more
Although Stewart keep to her signature formula of the unexpected heroine in an exotic destination, I enjoyed this one, and liked how it ended. Stewart has a fun writing style that builds well in this one, and I appreciate that her heroi...more
Another thing that bothered me was the love story between the cousins - that weirded me out more than I thought it would. Also, it was really predictable from page one, and I like my...more
The Gabriel Hounds is a re-release of a nov...more
Christy Mansell, the daughter of a rich family, and also somewhat spoiled, is on a tour of the Middle East when she unexpectedly meets up with her cousin, Charles, and decides to go visit her eccentric great-aunt, who has set herself up in an old mans...more
This is not a favourite of mine, mainly due to...more
Now this was more my mood. The Middle East is among my least favorite settings, but I'm enjoying the cousins Christy and Charles. Especially their banter.
Great finish. I like that no animals were harmed in the making of this story.
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Lady Mary Stewart was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.
She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she...more