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A TRICK OF COLORING HER WALK THE WAY SHE SMILEDAn English June In The Roman Wall Countryside The Ruin Of A Beautiful Old House Standing Cheek By Jowl With The Solid, Sunlit Prosperity Of The Manor Farm A Lovely Place, And A Rich Inheritance For One Of The Two Remaining Winslow Heirs There Had Been A Third, But Annabel Winslow Had Died Four Years Ago So When A Young Woman Calling Herself Annabel Winslow Comes Home To Whitescar, Con Winslow And His Half Sister Lisa Must Find Out Whether She Really Is Who She Says She IsMary Grey Has Nothing To Look Forward To Except A Future As Colorless As Her Name So If She Looks, Walks, And Smiles So Much Like The Glamorous Missing Heiress Annabel Winslow, Why Not Be Her For A Little While To The Lonely Young Woman Living In A Dreary Furnished Room, Faced With An Uncertain Future The Impersonation Offered Intriguing PossibilitiesIf Mary Looked So Much Like The Missing Heiress, Why Should She Not Be An Heiress And So Plain Mary Became The Glamorous Annabel But She Did Not Live Happily Ever After In Fact, She Almost Did Not Live At All Because Someone Wanted Annabel Winslow Missing Permanently

10 thoughts on “The Ivy Tree

  1. says:

    Deception and hidden identity are at the heart of this 1961 Mary Stewart novel Mary Gray travels from Canada to Northumberland in northern England.There she s accosted on Hadrian s wall, in the middle of nowhere, by an extremely handsome but very hostile guy, Con Winslow Con is certain that she s his long lost relative, Annabel Winslow, and threatens her Once she convinces him that she s not Annabel, it occurs to Con that it would be very useful to him to have Mary pretend to be Annabel, who disappeared eight years ago and is believed to be dead, in order to fool Annabel s ailing grandfather into willing the Winslow property and money to the false Annabel, if not to Con himself Mary, destitute and at loose ends, agrees to the impersonation plot And so begins a dangerous deception, soon complicated by the arrival of a neighbor, Adam, with whom Annabel had fallen in love so many years ago.The ivy tree of the title is an old oak tree on the Winslow property that is covered with ivy Here a giant oak stood It had been originally on the inside of the wall, but with the years it had grown and spread, pressing closer and ever closer to the masonry But the power of the oak would be its undoing, for the wall had been clothed in ivy, and the ivy had reached for the tree, crept up it, engulfed it, till now the trunk was one towering mass of the dark gleaming leaves, and only the tree s upper branches managed to thrust the young gold leaves of early summer through the strangling curtain Eventually the ivy would kill it I looked up at it for a long time.It s an interesting image, reflective of all of the layers of deceit and selfish desires in this book It s also the place where Annabel and her former love Adam who was married at the time used to leave love letters for each other Interesting connection major spoilers behind the tags The romance in this one is a little out of the norm, and not the easiest one in the world to root for view spoiler , where it s based around an older married man with a miserable marriage falling in love with an 18 year old girl But I will say it s handled in a way that won t offend most people It s not at all clear that Annabel and Adam ever slept together during their earlier love affair I think it s most likely they didn t, based on some details in the story.The first time I read this years ago I was totally blindsided when it was revealed near the end that Mary actually is Annabel I was a lot younger at the time and wasn t really familiar with the concept of unreliable narrators I think I d be a lot suspicious now But it was fun and interesting to reread this, knowing what the twist was going to be, and seeing the various clues Mary Stewart gave us in Annabel s thoughts and actions, and how carefully she worded around some of the key issues that would have given it away hide spoiler

  2. says:

    I have been thinking about this book this morning my star rating veered all over the place until I finally settled on a four.There is a lot to love about this book, especially the descriptions of scenery mystery it was a page turner, that kept me interested until the end While I wasn t sure who the heroine really was till near the finish, I also wasn t sure who the love interest was the romance was sparse, even by Stewart s standards In fact, two of the secondary characters have a interesting romance I was interested in it s outcome.As always with Stewart there is another character in the book Fortunately he didn t appear as much later in the book At one stage I was wondering how Mary Anabel could even see where she was going through the constant haze of smoke view spoiler another book is referenced While Brat Farrar is a wonderful book, all of Tey s works are very difficult to get hold of in my country if you don t have an ereader This book is still very readable but knowledge of Bratt Farrar does enhance it hide spoiler

  3. says:

    i admit i have a weakness for all that wuthers, so i really enjoyed this it s got everything you need to make your own gothic romance playset, so it s a little predictable, but it s a quick read and perfectly acceptable i.e not to be ashamed of escapist fiction plus, they reissued them in these nice trees and moors covers, which means the old, bad romance looking ones are gone for good when i was reading that damn nora roberts book, i was very much aware of its physical presence i don t have a very big embarrassment button, but there was something about reading it in public that added a layer onto the experience of it, because i am not usually aware of how i am perceived unless i am acting in a completely unacceptable way and i have also a broad tolerance for what is acceptable but i felt watched and judged which i know was completely in my mind but i felt like observers were clucking their tongues that poor girl isn t getting any and is compensating by reading romance novels how said and so young don t worry about me, strangers, i do all right.

  4. says:

    This might well be the most cleverly and tightly plotted of all Mary Stewart s romance mystery novels and alone among her novels this is the only one with a seemingly unreliable narrator When we first meet Mary Grey, she is enjoying the early morning sun and of course having a smoke in the fine spring air near Hadrian s Wall.The second hand smoke doesn t seem to bother the lambs.What I loved most was the skill with which Mary Stewart kept me in suspense about who Mary really is while leading me to sometimes sympathize and sometimes doubt her integrity and kind heart I instinctively liked Mary but did I dare trust her Then there was the handsome Irish cousin and various other love interests who wander over the horizons Can they be trusted Who should I root for The plot thickens as family members appear an ailing grandfather with land and money to pass on, a poor relation with a jealous eye, a cousin with her own love problems, various sharp eyed gossipy villagers, and a long lost.well I won t say any about that Along the way, there are gardens and wild flower filled meadows of course And a horse that may be too wild for anyone but a horse whisperer to handle It s all great fun and I loved every minute of the book and my time spent with my buddy reading friends at GR

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    I ve been kind of putting off writing a review for this I guess it s because I didn t enjoy it quite as much as the other Stewart books I ve read There was no exciting car chases or exotic locations The hero was a real dud for me I always felt like the author was holding information back, which always sends out lots of flags You can always see that there is going be a big twist at the end when information is being withheld, especially when it s in first person.That s not to say it was bad As always, Mary Stewart writes wonderfully The ending was exciting and the book had a nice gothy atmosphere to it.I m giving The Ivy Tree stars After all, most Mary Stewart books are better than your average mystery I just wasn t as captivated by any of the characters I was kind of disappointed I guess I m longing for the fifties movie type feel I got with Madam Will You Talk James Mason wasn t in this and I missed him sigh

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    I was so enad of Mary Stewart s writing when I was a teenager that I would hide when I read them so that I could pretend not to hear my older sister calling me to do chores I am almost that enchanted with them this second time around, but it is now a husband who keeps trying to pry me away.The Ivy Tree can easily be placed among my favorites of the mystery romances It is complicated enough to keep you guessing and every time you think you have figured it out for sure, Mary Stewart makes you guess again It is based on a fairly common device, the virtual twin stranger who impersonates the real heiress, but while the device might be common the writing and the deft handling of the situation is not On a trip to Northumberland, Mary Grey of Canada is assailed by a handsome, but somewhat frightening, Connor Winslow, who mistakes her for his cousin, Annabel, who has been missing and believed dead for some eight years At loose ends and down on her luck, Mary is persuaded to impersonate the aforesaid Annabel and help Connor get the inheritance he is in his eyes entitled to What ensues is a thrilling, twisting ride in the style that only Mary Stewart can conjure Few writers can engage all the senses in their writing, but for me Mary Stewart does this consistently I was very still Close overhead I heard the scratch and rattle on the sloping roof tiles, then the throaty murmur as the pigeons settled back again to sleep From the garden below came the smell of lilac A moth fluttered past my cheek, and a bat cut the clear sky like a knife Down in the neglected garden grass the black and white cat crouched, tail whipping, then sprang Something screamed in the grass.And, one might certainly think of Mary Stewart s work as fun than thought, but I find that is a deception She peppers her work with literary allusions, thoughtful humor, and tidbits of wisdom People ought to avoid pain if they can, like diseasebut if they have to stand it, its best use might be that it makes them kinder. I think that is a pretty astute observation.There are a couple of incidents in this novel involving a cat that I truly delighted in They made the book stand apart for me as being quite special Who doesn t love an author who shows an affinity with the animal kingdom, and the quickest way to make me trust a character is make him kind to animals Which might explain why I was so taken with a fairly minor character, by name of Donald Seton, who added warmth, humor, steadiness and dignity to the tale.Finally, there is the symbolism of the Ivy Tree itself, a prodigious oak that has been suffocated by the parasitic ivy that covers it A thing that is beautiful on the outside, but rotten within like a certain character in this book , evidence that something that appears strong may just be a crumbling weakness, and a reminder that love and desires that cannot be shown publicly, but must be hidden away, can be dangerous.In my quest to re read all the Mary Stewart canon, I am glad I did not miss The Ivy Tree If I were stranded on a desert island with a trunk containing all the works of only two authors, knowing I would have to read them over and over again for the rest of my life, I might well pick Shakespeare and Mary Stewart and be a happy camper.

  7. says:

    While not my personal favorite in the Stewart pantheon, The Ivy Tree is still a well executed and cleverly plotted suspense novel from the queen of romantic suspense, and deserves every one of my 4 stars It s been a while since I first read this, so while I remembered the main jist of the story for this re read, there was even I had forgotten, which was ok It s hard to review this book, because to say almost anything about the plot or the characters might spoil the tale for new comers So, I ll only say that it s a twisty, complicated story about a girl who may or may not be all she claims, a hot tempered man who may or may not be our hero, an ivy tree well duh , an old wall named Hadrian D , a cat who likes crab sandwiches who doesn t , a horse view spoiler that packs a real kick hide spoiler

  8. says:

    This is the third novel by Mary Stewart I ve read in the past few months and my least favourite so far It lacks in a number of departments Firstly, although the novel is nominally set around Hadrian s Wall in Northumberland, the setting could just as easily have been any rural England location with horses Some early references to the Wall and a theme involving a search for Roman ruins provide the totality of the Northumberland scene setting While the descriptive writing is excellent, it doesn t evoke a strong sense of place in the same way as the south of France is evoked in Madam, Will You Talk or Corfu is evoked in This Rough Magic Thirdly, while the action appears to take place around the time the novel was published that is, in 1961 , there is little in the text to place it within that time period, with the notable exceptions of a heroine who smokes like a chimney and some very dubious gender politics Thirdly, the characters are two dimensional and I found it difficult to care about any of them, other than a secondary character, Donald, of whom I wish I had seen Fourthly, the twist in the tale was, I thought, patently obvious from early on I kept hoping that I was wrong about this and I expected some other twist, but it never came For me, the twist was that there wasn t actually a twist In a way, Stewart hid everything in plain sight, which is clever writing, but not clever enough to overcome my disappointment with the predictability of the plot Although I ve focused on the negatives, I don t wish to imply that I disliked reading the novel It was an easy and entertaining read and deserves its 3 stars I particularly enjoyed enjoyed reading it with Jemidar and lots of others in the Mary Stewart Group However, I prefer Josephine Tey s Brat Farrar, which is referred to in the narrative and which clearly gave Stewart plenty of inspiration The plot in that novel is just as predictable, but the psychological portrait of the central character makes it considerably interesting.

  9. says:

    I read this the first time in junior high I had discovered her books through the Moonspinners, first on the Wonderful World of Disney, with Hayley Mills and the lovely Peter McEnery, upon whom I had a crush Movie was fun, but the books, oh, the bookswith those I have had a life long love affair After I tracked down the aforementioned book, I discovered some very unprepossessing looking books on my mother s bookshelves which turned out to be several of Mary Stewart s novels, including this one I was in heaven I have read and re read these books over these years for comfort, and they have seen me through some tough times I just read Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey, to which Mary Stewart alludes in this novel, and the combination of suspense and horses is heavenly I spent my waking moments riding and and reading as a girl and young woman, and these stories speak to me still All I need is to watch the movie The List of Adrian Messenger and my day will be perfect Very highly recommended.

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    If you were asked to step into someone else s shoes BE that person, could you do it Would you do it This was Mary Grey s first dilemma, one which she resolved by agreeing to the plot suggested by a strange woman she talked with in the town of Newcastle But is the plan really as simple as it seems Is Mary Grey who she says she is Is Connor nothing than a darkly handsome stranger or something quite different What exactly is an ivy tree And, most importantly, is scene stealing Tommy really Tommy I had great fun with this book I am so glad to have rediscovered Mary Stewart This one has earned second favorite status I was caught up in the story from the first page, and had fun making guesses about who was who all the way through to the Big Reveal, besides holding my breath than once after that Don t skip this one