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The Rose And The Yew Tree

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  722 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
A newly reissued edition of Agatha Christie's 'Mary Westmacott' novel, a Crime of the Heart novel about love and anguish across the class divide. Everyone expected Isabella Charteris, beautiful, sheltered and aristocratic, to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the War. It would have been such a suitable marriage. How strange then that John Gabriel, an ambitious ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published 1986 by Fontanta/Collins (first published 1947)
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Aug 27, 2016 Leslie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christie-read
British politics, unhappy women, and dreaming of marrying your cousin. Yep, sounds like a great read. I have now read 3 of the 6 novels Agatha Christie wrote under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott. But unlike her mystery stories, I'm pretty sure I will never have a desire to re-read any of these. These are marketed as romance, but I find them too filled with depressing people with unredeeming qualities. Even the narrator here, Hugh Norreys, leaves something to be desired.
Jan 13, 2011 JackieB rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I had to abandon this because it was so grim. I think the narrator was suffering from clinical depression. There was a kind of emotional "greyness" in all of the events and people he described. He didn't seem to like anybody and frequently complained about how useless he was and how meaningless his life was. I got about half way through and couldn't take anymore.
Dane Cobain
Aug 21, 2014 Dane Cobain rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rose and the Yew Tree is one of Christie’s pseudonymous novels, originally published under the pen name of Mary Westmacott. The novels which Christie wrote as Westmacott are usually referred to as romance novels, and while there’s a healthy dose of romance involved here, it’s more of a human interest novel than anything else.

Loosely speaking, the story follows the ruthless John Gabriel in his attempt to make it as a politician in a sleepy village, a man who would happily represent any politi
Oct 13, 2009 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Agatha Christie and her odd little Belgian and her prim Miss Marple, so I expected that I would love her Mary Westmacott stories. Unfortunately I didn't... they were good stories, but I didn't feel the usual sense of accomplishment or enjoyment upon finishing it.
The Rose and the Yew Tree sounded intriguing; instead I was left feeling down and depressed. NOT how I want to feel at the end of a story.

I can't say that even trying years later that there was any change... although the stories
Aug 01, 2011 ☯Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This book is written by Agatha Christie under an assumed name. It is not a mystery, but a "romance." I would not have believed in the character of Isabella if I had not had my son. Isabella is calm and content wherever she lives because she lives entirely in the present unable to articulate her emotions and feelings. She does not understand that others are frustrated by her inability to express herself. In addition to the "love" element, there is much political machinations. The political world ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hugh Norreys meets a mysterious woman while convalescing at the English country home of his brother. At first he is puzzled by Isabella Charteris's air of unperturbed serenity but as their friendship develops, he becomes irresistibly drawn to her. Sadly, he can only watch helplessly as she turns away from all that is beloved and familiar in her life and starts down a questionable path. Agatha Christie writing as Mary Westmacott blends romance, politics and war to create a thought-provoking story ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Fátima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sempre achei que Agatha Christie era uma escritora que descrevia e compreendida os diferentes tipos de pessoas e neste livro ela descreve um conjunto de personagens de um modo único e dá uma visão impressionante das suas interacções. Não é apenas uma história com personagens invulgares misturadas com pessoas comuns, denota-se a sua energia e a individualidade com aquilo que dizem e sobretudo com aquilo que não é dito.
Li uma versão em português editada pelos Livros do Brasil, não muito cuidada, c
Aug 06, 2010 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Another non-mystery Christie. The relationships between men and women against the backdrop of small town post-war politics, seen through the eyes of Hugh, a man who has lost the use of his legs. Gabriel is a war hero and aspiring politician whose weakness is a crippling inferiority complex. The plot seems secondary to the characters. Some of them, Teresa, the wise sister-in-law and Isabella, the local "princess" are interesting.
Nov 19, 2014 Polly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two people who should probably never have met do meet and fall in love (but definitely not like) and make each other miserable. Sounds like a terrible story, but actually isn't, mainly because the people involved aren't that simple. Agatha Christie really could write (people who say she couldn't are dorks or haven't read anything she wrote), and some of her Mary Westmacott books are the best proof of that, because they're stripped of the Poirot foibles and so on.
Pratiksha Das
Dec 20, 2013 Pratiksha Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Mary Westmacott novel and I picked it up thinking it'd be a mystery novel with either the odball M.Poirot or the adorable Miss Marple (both of whom I love). Instead, it turned out to be a romance. But did it disappoint me? Not in the least.
I throughly enjoyed perceiving the world through the eyes of Hugh Norreys, who, after being rendered invalid, has all the time in the world to observe people. Though it gets quite depressing, I will read it again.
J'abandonne à la centième page.
Il y a clairement un problème de rythme, je n'arrive pas à entrer dans l'histoire ce qui est très rare avec Agatha ... J'y reviendrais peut-être mais je préfère passer à un autre roman, pouf le moment.
Jul 04, 2009 Charu rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie, writing as Mary Westmacott, is a master at describing people, places and incidents. She details her characters so well that they seem like somebody you might have known in real life.
Dec 19, 2013 Mj rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie should have stuck to mysteries. I didn't care for any of the characters in this boring story written under her pen name.
Umut E. B. (Kareler ve Sayfalar)
An amazing novel about human psychology.
Norlela A Yusoff
Abandoned this book for a few other books before finally getting to the last page.
Nov 18, 2011 Nisha-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lord, the skill and unnerving perception of Christie.

I love the choice she makes in a setting, how she unashamedly places a story in the midst of a small village with no pretence to exoticism or grandeur and then proceeds to ruthlessly delineate and unpack and thoroughly dissect the characters with a psychological insight that sometimes leaves me breathless and overwhelmed, struggling to contain so much intricacy of characterisation in my head.

And her clever use of symbolism, how unusual that ce
Yoda Bor
Jun 08, 2016 Yoda Bor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Agatha Christie n’a pas écrit que des romans policiers.
Entre les aventures d’Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple ou les Beresford, elle s’est aussi essayé à d’autres styles, en utilisant un nom d’emprunt.

La Seconde Guerre Mondiale est terminée et les personnages sont bien moins guindés qu’auparavant.
Ils se tutoient, font des études, parlent de divorce et même de s’enfuir avec quelqu’un d’autre alors qu’ils sont mariés.

Malgré tout, ils ressemblent tout de même aux grands stéréotypes qu’Agatha Christie a
Apr 19, 2011 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very moving story by Mary Westmacott (aka Agatha Christie) told through the eyes of Hugh Norreys, an invalid who due to his state of health is able to observe those around him and draw conclusions on their characters. There are many themes within this story: politics, love, domestic violence and war but it all hangs together very well. It is interesting how she writes about politics, which to me is usually such a dull subject - the candidate John Gabriel has a refreshing and almost rut ...more
Elvis Rodrigues
Após perder o movimento das pernas em um acidente, Hugh Norreys vai morar com o irmão e a cunhada na pequena cidade de St. Loo, um vilarejo se recuperando da II Guerra, e logo se envolvem na política local e na tentativa de emplacar o candidato John Gabriel, um veterano de guerra, diferente de tudo que o Partido Conservador espera, mas, justamente por ser um ar de mudança, promissor. Gabriel é carismático e articulado, mas ao mesmo tempo um canalha. No local vive a descendente da Lady St. Loo, I ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes historical fiction
Recommended to Mary by: My daughter Mareena
Everyone expected that Isabella Charteris - beautiful, aristocratic, and privileged - would marry her cousin Rupert when he returned from the War. After all, theirs would have been a most suitable marriage between the serene heiress of Castle St. Loo and her gallant knight.

That was until the enigmatic John Gabriel entered Isabella's life. He was a decorated war hero and a vulgar opportunist. That he should appear in her life at all told Isabella everything she needed to know about the final cha
Sep 28, 2015 Sammy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern
A short, and not particularly life-changing read. The fourth of Christie's six "Mary Westmacott" novels, I did not gain the same attachment to character as in "Giant's Bread", nor the giddy literature stylings of "Absent in the Spring". This is not a bad book, and anyone working through the Christie canon can certainly consider it - indeed, it's wonderful that we live in an era when these books have all been lovingly reprinted - but this strikes me as fairly uneventful. This was the last of the ...more
May 09, 2016 Clarabel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage
Très décevant. Dans le registre des rééditions des romans méconnus d'Agatha Christie, écrits sous le pseudo de Mary Westmacott, préférez Ainsi vont les filles ! L'If et la Rose taille le portrait d'un homme ambitieux qui se lance dans la politique sans conviction. Séducteur, enjôleur, celui-ci embobine son entourage, au grand dam du narrateur, lequel est paralysé depuis un accident de voiture et broie des idées noires en recueillant les confidences de l'individu. Il manque au récit ce supplément ...more
Sep 04, 2016 Alison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
Rose and Yew was a little lackluster for me, because I’m not really into romance novels. I don’t even remember that much of it. Mostly I remember the artist guy moving in with his married friends that just got a house in a tiny village and spending all his time making fun of the residents and mooning over a seventeen year old girl whose aunts he despises. I remember so little of it I could probably read it again right now. …but I won’t because it was so uneventful I don’t even remember any of it ...more
Jun 01, 2015 Morgan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: agatha-christie
I really enjoy Agatha Christie's mysteries, so I wanted to read some of the romance novels that she wrote. This was unlike any romance novel I have ever read - the two people who end up together talk with each other maybe 3 or 4 times in the whole book. Overall, the characters are on the unlikable side (except for Teresa and Lady St. Loo- I wish we would learn more about them!), but I think the conversations between the characters make the book worth the read. Politics and outlook on life in the ...more
Mary Miley
Let be begin by saying that I love Agatha Christie's mysteries and have loved them for decades. So when I learned that she wrote romances under the name Mary Westmacott, I was curious. I bought one and brought it with me on vacation to Florida this month, expecting a treat.
Was I ever disappointed! And shocked to have been disappointed. That is not a word I would ever have used for Agatha Christie. However, The Rose and the Yew Tree was boring and tedious and unbelievable. I didn't like any of th
Trudy Pomerantz
Sep 16, 2015 Trudy Pomerantz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"My canary died when I was about five. It was quite well the night before - and in the morning it was lying in the cage - with its feet sticking up stiff - life that bird just now. I took it in my hand," she shivered. "It was > cold . . ." She struggled with words. "It - it wasn't real anymore . . . it was just a thing . . . it didn't see . . . or hear . . . or feel . . . it - it wasn't there!"

A book that shared similarities with Absent in the Spring in that it examined the theme of how well
Rekha Dighe
The Rose and the Yew Tree is not the author's detective collection...this is one of the six romance novels written as Mary Westmacott. The book tells a love story amidst the political background with fantastic narration of Norreys. The most interesting part of his narration is his observation of the people around him. I found him interesting than John Gabriel. I found most of the characters are very confused and act weird on situations. At the end of the book, I wondered why Isabella has to choo ...more
por momentos me interesaba bastante y de pronto era tan aburrido que ni me daba cuenta de que leía, en algún punto me recordó a alguien que tal vez si me quería de verdad pero nunca logré comprenderlo porque era a su manera.
El final me produjo un grito ahogado casi, simplemente no podía creer que ese fuese el final.
Jan 21, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like calling this book a book a "romance" is misleading. It's about human nature and behavior in many forms, and romance is just one of them. It's not a happy book, although I found the way the narrator grew throughout the story to be satisfying. My favorite character was the sometimes brutally honest sister-in-law.
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