Friday Spotlight: Thornyhold

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Thornyhold by Mary Stewart


Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence and whatever thoughts of impressions it provokes. For the Friday 56, hosted by Freda’s Voice, we share a few lines from either page 56 or 56%.


Opening Line:

I suppose my mother could have been a witch if she had chosen to.


Page 56:

There was no key in the lock of the back door. Presumably this was the one that Mrs Trapp held. But the door had a couple of adequate bolts.


Book Summary: 

When Gilly’s witch aunt leaves Thornyhold to her, a house in the middle of the woods, Gilly finds that she has inherited far more than she realized. Along with the house comes a cat, a still room filled with herbs (and a missing recipe book), an attic chamber with carrier pigeons (who have secret messages), and an attractive neighbor whose young son offers the sacred and unique blessing of friendship.

But Thornyhold possesses far more than even these simple offerings.

The place itself seems to convoke otherworldly gifts as well: Gilly cultivates the abilities to heal and to foresee the future once she makes Thornyhold her home.




12 thoughts on “Friday Spotlight: Thornyhold”

  1. That’s a really interesting first line. I can’t decide if this is a good thing or a bad thing. xD Could really go either way, I suppose, which intrigues me! I’ve heard of Mary Stewart, but I don’t think I’ve read any of her work before, but man, this sounds like a really cute story! Thanks for sharing.

    You can find my First Line Friday 56 here.

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  2. Whoa. Talk about blast from the past. I saw the cover, realized I had read it before, had feelings of immense enjoyment about the book stemming from seeing the cover, and then realized I don’t remember the story at all! The blurb did not help really bring it back. Given the sense of the nostalgic blast, I be very interested in reading yer review for this so that I can see if it be worth rereading or if I should let the happy feelings lie.
    x The Captain

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