Monday, November 24, 2014

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart is one of Stewart's later novels, published in 1997. The story takes place during the summer of 1947. Londoner and young war widow Kate Herrick is sent by her grandmother to Rose Cottage, located in the village of Todhall in the north of England. Kate grew up in Rose Cottage with her grandmother and her aunt. Her task is to pack up some of her grandmother's belongings and arrange for these things along with some furniture to be sent to Kate's grandmother in Scotland.

High on the list are the contents of a hidden wall safe. When Kate arrives at Rose Cottage, she can't find the key to the safe. With the help of childhood friend and now carpenter, Davey, they get into the safe and discover the contents gone. Also, a stranger has been in the village asking questions about Kate's family. There have also been reports of a light at night and strange visitors lurking around Rose Cottage.

Along with these mysterious goings on, Kate has some questions of her own. She was born out of wedlock. When Kate was a child, her mother ran away with her lover only to die in a bus crash in Ireland. Kate has never known the identity of her father.

All of these issues get resolved in the enchanting Rose Cottage. Mary Stewart has created a delightful novel with interesting characters and a lovely village. This is a wonderful story of second chances, and there is a nice romance. I'd recommend Rose Cottage for anyone looking for a light read with great writing.


  1. Like the sound of this one. I hope I can track it down.

  2. Yes, I hope you'll be able to find it. Thanks for your comment!