Stormy Petrel, Paperback Book
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'A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven.

I'd rather read her than most other authors.' Harriet EvansWhen Rose Fenemore takes a desperately needed holiday to an isolated cottage on the Scottish island of Moila she doesn't expect much in the way of adventure - just a few quiet weeks of writing, walking and bird-watching. And then, late one night during a wild storm, two young men appear in her doorway, seeking shelter from the wind and rain. Neither man is quite who he claims, and the question of who to trust will put Rose in grave peril ...The stormy petrels.

The fragile, tiny black birds, nocturnal and solitary, that come ashore to nest but spend most of the lives flying close above the sea-waves, come storm or shine.


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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, but sensible heroine.<br/><br/>I would've almost preferred a twist at the end, for the reveal to be reversed, because a) it would've been harder to predict and b) I could see the whole course of where it could've gone from the moment one of the two men arrived on the scene. Mind you, then it would've been more like The Moonspinners, I suppose.<br/><br/>And hey, at least this time she didn't marry her cousin.

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