Shelf Control #119: The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart

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Welcome to Shelf Control — an original feature created and hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies.

Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

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Title: The Ivy Tree
Author: Mary Stewart
Published: 1961
Length: 224 pages

What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):

Mary Grey had come from Canada to the land of her forebears: Northumberland. As she savored the ordered, spare beauty of England’s northern fells, the silence was shattered by the shout of a single name: “Annabel!” And there stood one of the angriest, most threatening young men Mary had ever seen. His name was Connor Winslow, and Mary quickly discovered that he thought she was his cousin—a girl supposedly dead these past eight years. Alive, she would be heiress to an inheritance Connor was determined to have for himself. This remarkably atmospheric novel is one of bestselling-author Mary Stewart’s richest, most tantalizing, and most surprising efforts, proving her a rare master of the genre.

How and when I got it:

I picked this up at my library’s book sale last year.

Why I want to read it:

I’ll admit it — the cover is what caught my eye! But then I remembered that Mary Stewart had been one of my mother’s favorite authors, and once I read the synopsis, I realized that I needed this book!

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4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #119: The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart

  1. My mom also read those books and so I trailed behind and picked them up as soon as she finished. I loved them and felt so grown up reading them. And of course her Merlin books, The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills and The Last Enchantment, are classics. Occasionally I find her books the free shelf at the library and have enjoyed the re-read. They’re a quick, fun read. If you haven’t read The Crystal Cave, you should!

    • The Crystal Cave — yes, that’s definitely one I remember seeing around the house! I’ll keep an eye out for it! Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

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