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Stormy Petrel

Stormy Petrel Rose has found the perfect island retreat where she can write in peace and her brother Crispin can photograph wildlife But it is not so easy to escape the real world Crispin s arrival is delayed and R

  • Title: Stormy Petrel
  • Author: MaryStewart
  • ISBN: 9781444715071
  • Page: 396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rose has found the perfect island retreat where she can write in peace and her brother Crispin can photograph wildlife But it is not so easy to escape the real world.Crispin s arrival is delayed and Rose has to deal alone with two strangers who come in from the sea during a summer storm Neither man is quite what he claims to be, but how can Rose tell which one to trust

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    1. I've been a Mary Stewart fan since a college roommate introduced me to her books, more years ago than I am willing to cop to. But my least favorite of all her books that I've read has always been The Stormy Petrel. I excitedly snagged it at a used bookstore years ago, read it and scratched my head (see my prior short review below), read it again, and finally gave it away to Goodwill in disgust.Then I joined , and some of my best times here have been with the ladies in the Mary Stewart group. Aft [...]

    2. I needed two things from this book. One: a print book to keep me from peeking ahead in the book I was reading aloud to my husband. Two: something very easy to focus on since my head is filled with Other Things at the moment.The book fit both those requirements, so I should not feel disappointed in it, but I do. There was Stewart's usual lush descriptions of plants and landscape, which so often leave me wondering just what this or that type of plant really looks like. I would Google such things n [...]

    3. One of Stewart's three "Cottage" books (the other two being Rose Cottage and Thornyhold)Not as strong in her writing as with the other two (am I right in thinking that this was Stewart's last published novel?). A somewhat weak, anticlimatic ending marrs the stronger beginning.Regardless, a weak Stewart book is still a better reading investment then what dreck passes for romantic suspense today IMO.

    4. It saddens me to rate this novel two stars. Mary Stewart has been a comfort read for more years than I care to remember but for some reason I just didn't get around to reading Stormy Petrel.Loved the setting and the beautifully visual descriptions of Moila, an island off the coast of Scotland, but the romantic suspense element was weak. I didn't feel any chemistry, spark between the main characters Rose and Neil. Not what I've come to expect from the author over the years. Not a keeper.

    5. No one creates a story like Mary Stewart! Her location descriptions are so detailed that you feel as if you are there. This was the strong point of this story for me. A house on a desolate island with few citizens amidst birds, seals, rocks, waves, wind, flowers, etc. I really got the sense of the place, the location, smells and terrain. Wonderful!The story itself was interesting, though not really a gothic. It was more of a light mystery and many reviewers said that this type of story is not he [...]

    6. Reread finished October 22, 2017.February 29, 2012 review: This made me remember why I once loved romantic suspense but have changed my feelings about more modern writings.A gentle, suspenseful story respectful of nature and the slow and easy pace of a blossoming love interest versus blatant lust. Mary Stewart first inspired me to try my hand at writing. Perhaps I'm a bit prudish, but romances were once about the feelings and freshness of meeting someone, wondering, testing the waters, savoring [...]

    7. 3.5 stars A gentle book with a little mystery and romance. (Squeaky clean, btw). Great location of Scottish Islands with evocative descriptions. Reminded me a little of Rosamunde Pilcher's shorter books.

    8. Mary Stewart is so satisfying to read. She takes you to foreign shores and beautiful climes, then ladles on the suspense and the heroine is always clever and brave. I just love her books.

    9. As with most of Mary Stewart's work (the Arthurian books so far being the only ones I'll except from this), this is light, easy, fairly predictable, and very comfortable. I read it in the bath, and didn't give one thought to how icky my surgical incisions would be looking afterwards, so I'm not saying that's a bad thing: I read it in one go, I enjoyed it, I smiled, and though I won't remember the details in a year's time, I'll remember a cosy sort of experience with cottages and a brainy, brave, [...]

    10. As always, an entertaining story from Mary Stewart.The characters were believable and the descriptions of the island, and especially the weather, were rich. The girl is waiting for her brother to join her for a holiday, but he is delayed due to being involved in a train crash. A stranger turns up at her cottage, explaining that he used to live there, but his story is mysterious. Turns out he has a connection to the big house nearby, the owner of which has recently died. Some of the suspense of t [...]

    11. 2.5 stars. I'm not sure what category to put this one in. Mary Stewart writes romantic suspense, but The Stormy Petrel was hardly romantic or suspenseful. As always though, I did enjoy her descriptive writing. She has a way of pulling you into the surroundings of the story that I really enjoy, but overall a disappointment compared to her other books.

    12. What was that? Was it supposed to be a mystery? A romance? A field guide on the roosting habit of birds native to the Hebridean islands? It failed on all accounts. I should have given up at the 60% point when NOTHING had happened. Lame. My LEAST favorite Mary Stewart book.

    13. I fell in love with a Scottish island when I was eight years old.Looking back it was a mad thing for my parents to do, travelling so far across country with two young children, but that wanted to see Scotland, and they had been guided to a particular place by a very good friend. So if it was madness it was the very best kind of madness, and if I had to live outside Cornwall I should still choose to live on a Scottish Island.That’s what drew me to ‘Stormy Petrel, even though I knew it was one [...]

    14. The heroine of "The Stormy Petrel", Rose Fenemore, is looking for ‘an ivory tower’. An English professor/author, Rose finds the perfect set-up for a vacation in the Scottish isles. Her brother Crispin will join her as he is a doctor and a naturalist/photographer on the side. However, events conspire to delay Crispin’s arrival, and in the timed-honored style of Mary Stewart, Rose has an adventure in the meantime.“The walls of the cottage were thick enough to shut out the worst sounds of t [...]

    15. When Rose Fenemore travels to the island of Moila off the west coast of Scotland, she is looking forward to spending a quiet holiday with her brother Crispin in a paradise filled with seabirds and wild flowers. Remote and lonely, the secluded island seems to Rose to be the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. In fact, the isolated cottage she has rented - advertised as an "ivory tower" - promises to be the ideal retreat where Rose can finish writing her novel, and Crispin can commune [...]

    16. THE STORMY PETREL isn't really a true mystery. Rose, a professor of English Literature at Cambridge in the UK needs an "ivory tower" where she can work on her poetry between terms. Her brother Crispin, a doctor with a hobby of photographing birds, needs to unwind in the country (his wife Ruth loves busy city life). They decide to go off together to a remote, isolated cottage in the wilds of Scotland. When Crispin is delayed, Rose wakes up to find a strange man in the house who entered with a key [...]

    17. Not the finest of Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels, but I liked it a lot for several reasons. The first being the heroine ended up with (or it implied she ended up with) the guy I liked better. I always complain to my sister that whenever there are two men in a Mary Stewart novel I always like the one who ends up being the guy she doesn't fall in love with or, on one occasion, the man who ends up being the villain. The second reason is the main character was a writer so I identified with [...]

    18. Correct me if I'm wrong, although I suspect I'm right, but it seems that this book is billed as romantic suspense. At the very least Mary Stewart is known as a romantic suspense writer, and the cover reads "The mistress of suspense romance," so the implication is there. Well. This is not romantic suspense. There is no potential for peril, unless you count death by midges. At best it's a mystery with the potential for a future romance, and not a very good mystery at that. (view spoiler)[What's so [...]

    19. This was a group read with the Mary Stewart group.As usual the descriptive prose of Mary Stewart was front and center in this book. She can describe a place so well that you simply feel you are there. There were also some interesting characters. I enjoyed the interaction between Rose and her two students. I also enjoyed reading about the birds and seals. Unfortunately, beyond that, the book fell short. There wasn't much of a plot, there wasn't really a romance and there wasn't much in the way of [...]

    20. This was an interesting Mary Stewart story and includes a setting I would travel to at this very moment. The story itself was not told with the same strength and energy found in her stories that I have read. The plot includes a less mysterious crime element and the cast of characters seem to move in and out of the story in a more random way somehow. I would classify this as a much less romantic suspense tale also.

    21. I selected Stormy Petrel as my first full-length Mary Stewart, and very much enjoyed it overall. There is a great depth to it, and whilst I found much of the dialogue to be stilted and awkward, the real strength lies in Stewart's descriptions. Well paced and interesting, Stormy Petrel reminded me rather oddly of a more grown-up version of one of Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, with secluded cottages on remote islands, obscured identities, a mystery at its heart, and strange men walking around a [...]

    22. This sounds like heaven to me - set on a little island off the coast of Mull (Scottish island) - very tiny village, but the main character is staying in a remote cottage. Bliss! The atmosphere she creates in this book of the Scottish islands, the coast, the machair and the general peace and wonderfulness is just fantastic. This book was a fantastic read if only for the mental escape away to the tiny island.The voice of this book was a bit curious. It really reads as though the characters are fro [...]

    23. A Mary Stewart book that Sofie gifted me—yesterday when I finished Nine Coaches Waiting I was chagrined to realize that I didn't clearly remember the plot or characters of this one, in contrast to the other Mary Stewarts I've read; and since one Mary Stewart book gives the reader a strong longing to read more and more, I picked this up next.The Hebridean island of Moila is described so gorgeously, I feel I might know it—and its residents—if I were to go; Mary Stewart has a way with describ [...]

    24. Not to be all literal, but couldn't they have shown a bird on the cover? Or, I don't know, an isolated island? Because I don't have the foggiest idea what a petral is, and sometimes I can't get to the computer to google.Although I dearly love Mary Stewart, this is not my favorite. It feels a little thin, not fully fleshed out. If you haven't read Stewart before, I suggest you start with Airs Above the Ground or Thornyhold orThis Rough Magic.

    25. I love Mary Stewart, but I will freely admit that The Stormy Petrel was subpar as far as Mary Stewart novels go. It is one of the few I've never read and I found it in a used bookstore in Mesa, Arizona, and it was even a first edition so I grabbed it. But her books, including her Merlin saga, usually have a lot more suspense, tension, romance . . .I won't say anything because I dislike spoilers, but let's just say there was very little of any of that. The setting is awesome, not unlike the islan [...]

    26. This book is a little different from her others. It's not quite as mysterious or intense. You know who the bad guy is from the beginning pretty much, and I didn't feel like there was actually much to the mystery or the "evil plot." However, I still loved the simpleness and beauty of the setting, story, and characters. The main character wrote science fiction *gasp* and poetry, and I related to her very well. It was a lovely book, and I very much enjoyed it.

    27. This is my favourite Mary Stewart adventure story. A professor from Oxford takes a house on a remote Scottish island, and the first night she is there, she gets two visitors, one who claims his family lived there before, the other who owns the manor house nearby. The young woman befriends them both, but slowly comes to realize that one of them is not telling her the truth. One memorable chapter involves getting caught on an island, with midges!

    28. Oh, dear, oh dear. This is the 2nd Mary Stewart I've read (first was the disastrous Rose Cottage) and I didn't realize I'd chosen her two most recent books. I am SO determined to like Mary Stewart that I'm going to try one more time with one of her earliest. This one, like Rose Cottage, was corny beyond my worst imaginings but I'm guessing the earlier books ARE masterpieces of 'suspense'.

    29. Rose gos to the quiet Scottish island of Moila to find some quiet time to write. But after only a few days she finds not one but two strange men in her kitchen one stormy night. After that her poetry looses some of its luster.Every time I pick up this book I read it again. And every time it is just as good.

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