Mary Stewart is my all time favourite author. Nine Coaches Waiting is my favourite of all her works. If you haven't read her works or this novel then you are missing something in your life.
Have you ever read a book that feels like you've a fuzzy blanket around your shoulders, a sleek hunting dog at your feet, and a cup of tea at your side as thunder rages overhead? That's how this book felt to me. I'm sad I hadn't read it sooner!
One of the best gothic novels ever written.
Another Mary Steward mystery-romance. So well written. I don't know why this book hasn't been made in to a movie. It would be great, although too scary for me to watch.
I really enjoyed this classic English novel. It takes several gothic elements, such as the secluded French countryside, a family with dark secrets and a dash of romance, and results in an intriguing mystery with an interesting cast of characters.
This is Mary Stewart at her best, before she got a bit tired on her later ones like Rose Cottage. The escape and flight part is wonderful to read; so vivid it's better than a movie. The idea that protecting the family name is of any importance compared to the life of a little boy is hard to comprehend, but Stewart is contrasting nobility in the sense of titles with nobility in the sense of noble character. Even the villain recognizes that Linda is 'gallant', though that doesn't make him want to emulate her.
The de Valmys want an English governess. Lovely but alone-in-the-world Linda Martin is indeed English?but she?s also half-French. Still, she needs a job, and what harm can it do to pretend ignorance when the French language is spoken? Plenty. Linda?s new charge is Philippe de Valmy?Comte (or Count) Philippe de Valmy, inheritor of a grand title, manor, and fortune at the tender age of nine years old. He lives at the magnificent Chateau de Valmy with his stylish and chic Uncle Leon and Aunt Heloise, who are overseeing the extensive estate until Philippe comes up of age. Philippe is a charming boy, and if the de Valmys are a bit standoffish, the beauty of Linda?s new home more than compensates?especially when Raoul, Philippe?s devastatingly handsome older cousin, takes a decided interest in the pretty new governess. But when one too many ?accident? threatens Philippe?s safety, Linda doesn?t know who to trust?and it?ll take more than faking not knowing French to secure her young charge?s life. Author Mary Stewart wrote Nine Coaches Waiting in 1958, but she draws from the literary tradition of the gothic romance and the story is still fraught with suspense. The gorgeous French landscape is evoked in all its beauty and the sense of secrets lurking just below the surface is detectable from the first page. Resist the charm of this romantic little thriller if you can.
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