Mary Stewart is a huge favorite of mine, and this is a book i can read again and again. There is mystery, odd family dynamics, an English Estate, a little bit of the paranormal, and a sweet love story. If you are a fan of Elizabeth Lowell or Nora Roberts read Mary Stewart to see where they got their inspiration.
After the tragic death of her father, Bryony Ashley returned from abroad to find that his estate would become the responsibility of her cousin Emory. Ashley Court with its load of debt was no longer her worry. But there was something odd about her father's sudden death...
Bryony had inherited the Ashley "Sight" and so, she knew, had one of the male Ashleys. Since childhood the two had communicated through thought patterns, though Bryony had no idea of his identity. Now she was determined to find him. But danger as well as romance waited for her in the old moated house, with its curious garden maze and its tragic memories...
"Mary Stewart has a gift for romance...a sensitive feel for place and atmosphere, an exquisite use of the English language, and a literacy not often found in present-day romantic novels...." --The Houston Post
The first book I have ever read by this author, it was a great book. I look forward to reading more by Mary Stewart.
I didn't realize it when I picked it up, but this is a mystery; sure, it has ESP, but at its heart it is a mystery. Bryony Ashley's dad dies and she is aware -- both from a psychic flash from her dad, and from the on-going ESP discussion she has with her anonymous "lover". Her lover has been in her life as long as she can remember, so she thinks it must be one of her cousins that she grew up with on the Ashley estate. Definitely a good book, appropriately vague and confusing at first; as usual, a tad too corny in the tradition of British pulp fiction.
Bryony Ashley knows that her family's grand estate is both hell and paradise -- once elegant and beautiful, yet mired in debt and shrouded in shadow. Devastated by her father;s sudden strange death abroad, she is nonetheless relieved to learn the responsibility of running Ashley Court has fallen to a cousin. Still, her father's final, dire warning about a terrible family curse haunts her days and her dreams.
Good mystery by a good author, with more than a touch of fantasy. My mom liked it so much she gifted it on to me.
I read this book back when I was 14.
It remains one of my favorites after years and years of reading.
Set my desire to read mystery and other suspenceful reads from then on.
I still have my orginal copy.
My copy has a different cover and is in fair shape.