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The Ivy Tree Paperback – Sep 1 2007

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556527268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556527265
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #794,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Throughout the intricacies of plot within plot, Mary Stewart keeps her readers guessing and sustains the suspense . . . This tale spinner is still supreme."  —Kirkus Reviews

"This involved novel of impersonation and inheritance reads like Daphne Du Maurier . . . The author's easy narrative style, her vivid descriptions of the Northumberland countryside, the sharp delineation of her characters, and her impeccable good taste guarantee satisfaction to fans of the genre."  —Library Journal

“It’s hard to think of anyone more insistently readable than Mary Stewart; The Ivy Tree is as un-put-downable as any of her previous novels . . . No one writes the damsel-in-distress tale with greater charm or urgency."  —The New York Times Book Review

“Perils await every turning page.”  —Washington Post

"The story moves with a fine pace of suspense and holds all the elements of a mystery tale. Equally rewarding is Miss Stewart's love for the English countryside and for horses which shines through her polished writing."  —New York Herald Tribune

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"Exciting."--The Christian Science Monitor

"Perils await every turning page." -- The Washington Post --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12 1998
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This book was a really great book. It had the perfect classic plot with a great twist. The ending was cool and the charector's were well developed. Mary Stewart is a good auther and a great inspiration.
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By Noirdame on May 28 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
The title comes from a 17th century English folk song, and it is of course, highly symbolic. Mary Stewart (1916-2014) often incorporated folk music, poetry and even Shakespeare into her novels, and "The Ivy Tree" is a fantastic example that, as well as of her love of nature, which she weaved into this story of romantic suspense. Stewart's books in this genre often involved a young woman in a foreign land (or at least a land that was foreign to her), who gets caught up in some sort of dangerous intrigue purely by chance. "The Ivy Tree" expands on this theme, with Canadian Mary Grey visiting Northumberland and mistaken by a man named Connor Winslow to be his cousin Annabel whom the former strongly resembles. Annabel fled several years before, although she was the heir to Whitescar farm and fortune. And she was supposed to marry Con, adding some tension to the story (and there is more to come). Once Mary sets Con straight, he and his half-sister Lisa persuade Mary to masquerade as Annabel in order to win back her grandfather's affections. Of course, this is so Con will benefit from Annabel's inheritance, and Mary does agree to go along with the scheme. Because Annabel has also been presumed dead, it seems that Mary has her work cut out for her. But in assuming the identity of Annabel Winslow, and now in a situation where money, family tensions and secrets abound, Mary is of course putting herself in danger. And the tree of the title is on the Whitescar estate, being slowly strangled by the ivy, which as I said at the beginning of this review, is quite symbolic. There are a few twists, which I wouldn't dream of giving away.Read more ›
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By Dolphin on Dec 18 2014
Format: Paperback
To my mind, this is one of Mary Stewart's best works, although inevitably it reflects the views and attitudes of the time in which it was written, as well as some very deep-seated provincial prejudice that might surprise the modern reader. The novel opens on a sunny, warm day in spring with our heroine contemplating the beautiful panorama of fields and farms from somewhere along Hadrian's Wall (not far from Newcastle, in the north of England). However, the peace of this idyllic scene is very quickly shattered by the arrival of a voluble and compelling young man with a secret obsession. The story moves along at first at a leisurely pace, as connections are made and the blocks of a complex deception are carefully stacked into place. There is a clear reference to Brat Farrar and that is recommendation enough for me. I have already bought a copy and will be reading it next.

Lady Stewart deftly incorporates archaeological and geological elements (on which subjects she is particularly well versed), and the descriptions of the Northumberland countryside are lyrically exquisite, but is it really always that warm and sunny in June? Apparently not, as the story, gradually building in pace and intensity, mirrors the development of a weather front which eventually explodes into a devastating summer thunderstorm and, suddenly, everything happens at once. From this point onwards, the book becomes a page-turner and I'm finding that even now, on my fourth reading, I can barely put it down.
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