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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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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 |
Re-reading an old favourite. In touch with my younger self for a few hours.... ( )
  Ma_Washigeri | Jun 17, 2014 |
An enjoyable romantic suspense novel, with a touch of the paranormal (telepathy). ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 6, 2014 |
Touch Not the Catis one of my favorite Mary Stewart novels, combining the best of her first-person thrillers with an extra touch of ESP. Bryony has long been able to communicate psychically with one of her cousins; it's the Ashley family gift. They are in love, even though she doesn't know which one he is (he knows who she is). After her father is killed in a hit-and-run, she returns to the ancient Ashley family seat to settle his affairs, only to find that someone has been stealing valuable items from the estate. Her attempts to uncover the perpetrators lead her to conclusions she never could have imagined and dangers that could mean the end of both Bryony and her beloved home.

At the same time, the reader also hears the story of another Ashley family member, Nick, and his doomed romance with a village girl in the 1830s, which will have a momentous impact on events at Ashley Court over one hundred years later.

Highly recommended for Mary Stewart fans and those who like well-written fantasy. There's a substantial romance element (it's Mary Stewart after all), but it does not distract too much from the plot.

Also, for those who like such things, there's also an excellent Touch Not the Cat/Pride and Prejudice crossover fan fiction, The Mark of the Cat, which is what originally lead me to the book several years ago. ( )
  inge87 | Jul 22, 2013 |
A quick and fun read -- it would've been quicker if I'd had motivation to read at all lately, but there you go. Like The Gabriel Hounds, it made me think of it as an adult version of the Famous Five, with romance added on. Mary Stewart's penchant for having the hero and heroine be related is a little odd to me -- however distant the relationship, it strikes me as odd.

Anyway, there's something very comfy about Touch Not The Cat, despite evil twins and moneygrubbing families. The writing is competent enough to go down easy, even if I can't enthuse about the plot. It's good fun, basically. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
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Porter, DavinaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dissing, HanneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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