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Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart

Touch Not the Cat (original 1976; edition 2005)

by Mary Stewart

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Title:Touch Not the Cat
Authors:Mary Stewart
Info:HarperTorch (2005), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart (1976)

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Just love the suspense, action, foreign lands! ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
This is not my usual kind of book. A women with a psychic connection with an unknown man (obviously a relative, but she doesn't know which one of her cousins it is), is partial heir to an estate in England. Her father is killed in a hit and run accident (or is it?) in Germany, and when she returns to England, some family members encourage her to break the family trust and sell some land she has so they can qui9ckly recoup their losses of other people's money. This is basically a book about mood and relationships between the heroine and her neighbors, family, cousins and others from the family's past. A love affair from over a hundred years ago re-appears in part at the end of each chapter, and as the book comes to a conclusion the plot and personality strings are all tied up nice and neat. A good read, but not a great one. Recommended for lovers of English rural estate stories, whodunnit mysteries and some ESP stories. ( )
  hadden | Feb 25, 2016 |
Bryony returns from abroad, to stay with her cousins. Strange things happen, as she tries to understand her father's last words. Some danger, some drama. Very well written with suspense and excitement. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
Good read. ( )
  JDHoliday | Jan 24, 2016 |
It's the 1970s. When Bryony's father dies, his house and land will not go to his daughter because she is a woman, but she does have a say in if or when it is sold. Her cousins also have a stake in it. Bryony also has a kind of telepathy, or at least a connection with someone – she's not sure who – where they can read each others thoughts. She enjoys this and is certain it's someone in her family, but would like to find out for sure.

Ok, I hated that she called the voice in her head “lover”! Ugh! She thinks this is family (but apparently there aren't taboos against relationships with cousins at this time? It seems kind of current for that to be the case, though?)! However, the storyline was ok. At first, I wasn't very interested and tended to skim things, but it did pick up for me in the second half, so that was much more interesting. I did think the end was tied up a little too neatly. Overall, though, it's an “ok” read for me. ( )
  LibraryCin | Aug 23, 2015 |
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Mary Stewartprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dissing, HanneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eijsden, Cath. vansecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And some win peace who spend/the skill of words to sweeten despair/Of finding consolation where/Life has but one dark end.--From "The Riddlers" by Walter de la Mare
For my uncle George Rainbow.
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My lover came to me on the last night in April, with a message and a warning that sent me home to him.
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Bryony Ashley knows that Ashley Court, the grand estate, is both hell and paradise -- once elegant and beautiful, yet shrouded in shadow. After the tragic death of her father, Bryony returns from abroad to find that his estate is to become the responsibility of her cousin Emory. Her family's estate with its load of debt is no longer her worry. Still, her father's final, dire warning about a terrible family curse haunts her days and her dreams. And there is something odd about her father's sudden death... 

Bryony has inherited the Ashley 'Sight' and so has one of the Ashleys. Since childhood the two have communicated through thought patterns, though Bryony has no idea of his identity. Devastated, she believes, that the mysterious stranger is her destiny... the lover-to-be who waits for her now at Ashley Court. Now she is determined to find him. But passion is not all that will greet Bryony upon her return -- for the crumbling walls of the old mansion guard dark secrets, tragic memories... and inescapable peril.
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Bryony Ashley knows that her family's grand estate is both hell and paradise -- once elegant and beautiful, yet mired in debt and shrouded in shadow. Devastated by her father;s sudden strange death abroad, she is nonetheless relieved to learn the responsibility of running Ashley Court has fallen to a cousin. Still, her father's final, dire warning about a terrible family curse haunts her days and her dreams.

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Story about a search for a phantom lover, an ancestral family home, a father's strange dying words, and a spirited young Englishwoman with the "gift" who discovers that her lover may be her father's killer.

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