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
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
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
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
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
DO NOT WATCH THE MOVIE WITH HAYLEY MILLS!!!!! WHAT A WASTE.
Protagonist Nicola is likable, adventurous, and believable, and easy to sympathize w...more
(FYI, there is some language, and the romance got a little too "romancy" for me once in a while.)
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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....”