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Book Title: Rose Cottage|
The author of the book: Mary Stewart
Date of issue: 2011
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Reader ratings: 5.8
ISBN 13: 9781444715095
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3.5 stars. Rose Cottage is a gentle, cozy mystery, written in Mary Stewart's later years when I suspect she was weary of writing about alpha heroes and heart-stopping dangers. I almost didn't join the Mary Stewart group's buddy read of this book, I was so convinced that I had read this years ago and was bored to tears. But then I started fretting about missing the last official group read and ran down to the library to grab Rose Cottage before someone else got to it. And I'm glad I did.
Nothing about this story was familiar to me as I was reading it. Either my memory is getting really bad (entirely possible) or I had this book mixed up in my head with The Stormy Petrel, which I still can't recommend to anyone. But this was an enjoyable "curl up by the fire with something cozy and relaxing" type of book.
The book is set in 1947, when Kate Herrick leaves London to visit her ailing grandmother, who sends her to her childhood home, Rose Cottage, to retrieve some family papers and minor heirlooms. Kate never knew who her father was, and when her mother's strict religious aunt, Betsy, who is a real piece of work, moved into their home when Kate was a young child, Aunt Betsy made Kate's mother, Lillias, so unhappy that Lillias left the house and (literally) ran off with the gypsies. Kate never saw her mother again; Lillias died in a bus accident a few years later.When, a little time later, Aunt Betsy was found to be working a text in cross-stitch which said THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, my grandmother, normally the gentlest of women, tore it out of her sister's hands and threw it in the fire. And for once Aunt Betsy never said a word.Thankfully, Aunt Betsy has died by the time the main action in the story take place, but her mean-spirited actions during her lifetime reach across the years to affect her family during this story.
Kate and her childhood friend, Davey Pascoe, break open a small hidden safe box in the wall of Rose Cottage to get the family papers and small treasures, only to find that it has been recently emptied by some mysterious person. To add to the mystery, lights have been seen around Rose Cottage in the night, and someone has been digging around the cottage, and putting flowers on the graves of Kate's grandfather and even Aunt Betsy. And a stranger has been asking about Kate's family . . .
There's a little suspense in this book, but it's more on the level of don't-forget-to-lock-the-doors-at-night than sleep-with-a-loaded-pistol-under-your-pillow-and-a-Doberman-next-to-your-bed. There's also some talk of ghosts and some portentous dreams, but it's pretty mild stuff. As I said, a cozy mystery. And there's a love interest for Kate, but he's definitely the beta hero type--which fits well with the overall tone of this story, actually.
Most of the action takes place in northern England and Scotland, so there are quite a few Scots and British terms used in this novel that I was unfamiliar with. I amused myself for the first 50 pages by writing some of them down and looking them up. For example:
Clootie dumplings = clootie is a diminutive of the Scots word "cloot" or cloth. The dumpling is made by wrapping the dough in a floured cloth before boiling it. Who knew?
Clamjamphrie = commotion
Flitting = (Brit.) leaving one's home (often to avoid creditors!)
Lonnen = lane
Holystone = a soft and brittle sandstone that was used to scrub ships' decks and, apparently, floors and hearths of homes.
That's Mary Stewart for you: Always an education in some way. :)
This is a 3 1/2 star book for me. It's nice and pleasant, but not really extraordinary. But I'm rounding up because . . . Mary Stewart. Those who love her books will understand.
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Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, 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 was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.
Her unofficial fan site can be found at http://marystewartnovels.blogspot.com/.
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