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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 (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,710 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
Format: Audio Cassette
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 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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By Amazon Customer on May 22 2014
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I have yet to read anything by Mary Stewart that I didn't like. She always tells a great story well, would recommend her highly.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book a lot, and according to the other revews, I'm not alone. It was suspenseful with a great plot with a little romance thrown in. My only problem- I guess I'm the only one who didn't understand this- is the relationship between Annabel and Mary Grey... Those of you who have read this will know what I mean, but it went completely over my head. Anyway, it was a great book otherwise and I recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Me3 on Feb. 28 2010
Format: Paperback
I am re-reading all the Mary Stewart books - a long-time favourite author of mine. This story is a little different in that her main character does NOT appear to be her typical really likable, admirable young woman of sterling character. I also knew the villan right away which is something I do not like. This put me off a bit. But since this was the last one of Stewart's books was reading, I continued. The story is interesting and is well told. The main character turns out to be a nice person after all. The other Amazon comment about the 'Mary Grey' is incorrect, it is well explained but I dislike ruining the story for someone who has not yet read the book. This book was written in 1961 - too much smoking and a cell phone would have solved a lot of problems but still a very good read.
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