But one day her impulse led her on a little-used path into the foreboding White Mountains. And there she found a man in hiding--for reasons he could not explain.
Warned to stay away, Nicola was unable to obey. And before...more
The first three chapters, especially, are full of the wonderful descriptive prose that Mary Stewart writes so well. The setting is Crete, with rocky crags, a sheltered bay, dolphins, laughing children, and a profusion of wildflowers. Mary Stewart also sets the stage with an early encounter with a menacing stranger; a plucky, modern heroine; and a gentle case of insta-love. So, why only 3-½ stars?
Somehow, I was never quite caught up in the adventure. It may be due to (view s...more
This story starts off well from the beginning. There is an exotic setting, the truly rugged hills of Crete, a wounded man in need of assistance and a boy of 15 in dire straits. The descriptions of the Bay of Dolphins, the local flowers, the gardens and the windmills to irrig...more
For those of you who have see the movie, I think it should be said that they are Completely Different. Other than Mark and Nicola having the same personalities in the movie as in the book, everything else is off. I still like them both though, (movie verses book) and the tale of The Moonspinners is one of my favorite parts in the book, that and the stunning scenery. That's what this book abounds in, descriptions. Eloquent, sparkling descriptions.
"I came near to a c...more
She arrives in Crete for a holiday and is unintentionally pulled into a dramatic mystery/murder/kidnapping that is being played out in the island. Prior to her arrival, two brothers have a run-in with local trouble and are being hunted/kidnapped by some...more
The premise: A young woman named Nicola, who works in a low-level position at the British Embassy in Athens, plans to meet up with her older cousin Frances at a seaside village in Crete for the Easter holiday. But Nicola gets there early, and before her cousin even arrives, she finds herself mixed up with a couple of strange men who are on the run. Soon both she and Frances find themselves in grave danger ... (Is there any other kind?)
This is my th...more
It's a ridiculous story, really: I think I said of one of Mary Stewart's other books, Touch Not the Cat, or maybe The Gabriel Hounds, or both, that it's really The Famous Five for adults, with a dash of romance and some exotic scenery. Sinc...more
By the way, the old movie has absolutely nothing to do with the book, even though it says it does. If I were Mary Stewart, I would have been appalled at what the movie makers did to her wonderful stor...more
I've always wanted to go to Greece. It seems like such a lovely place, rich in culture and I would love to try authentic Greek food. I have no idea when I'll be able to go though so I have to content myself with reading books with Greek settings. The Moonspinners is set in Crete and is the second Mary Stewart romantic suspense novel that I've read. I'm slowly enjoying going through her entire backlist.
I love that Mary Stewart's books have different settings. I may not be a...more
Nicola is an engaging heroine. I appreciated her spunk, courage, and love of nature and beauty, yet in some ways she was also very much a young lady of the '60s. Still, she really held her own against the men in this novel, not just intellectually but physically, too. I also rea...more
First off, forget everything you know about the Moon spinners from the Disney movie with Hayley Mills (which, by the way I thought was pretty good); the book is completely different.
Basically, a young woman arranges to meet up with her aunt in a small coastal village in Greece for a short holiday. Nicola arrives a day ahead of her aunt and while exploring on her way to the hotel, stumbles upon a wounded English man, Mark, who has apparently go...more
It's always a treat to dip into a Mary Stewart novel and The Moonspinners is no exception. From the vivid descriptions of picturesque Crete to the heart-pounding, suspenseful drama that the heroine, Nicola, is drawn into from the very first pages, I think this is one of Stewart's best. Even though the formula is fairly predictable (heroine in danger, instant attraction to hero, a child in peril, etc...), I still found it hard to put this one down. Absolutely enchanted by the story of th...more
DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE WITH HAYLEY MILLS!!!!! WHAT A WASTE.
I first read it years and years ago and reading it again now, I still find myself totally engrossed in the story.
Love the characters and the setting in Crete is fabulous.
I probably will read it again in the future.
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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
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...on the darkest night, the maidens take their spindles down to the sea, to wash their wool. And the wool slips from the spindles into the water, and unravels in long ripples of light from the shore to the horizon, and there is the moon again, rising above the sea....Only when all the wool is washed, and wound again into a white ball in the sky, can the moon-spinners start their work once more....”