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Book Title: The Moon-Spinners|
The author of the book: Mary Stewart
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Reader ratings: 6.6
Edition: Cornet Books
Date of issue: 1964
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In the early 1960s, Nicola Ferris is vacationing in a remote area of the Greek island of Crete when she stumbles into unexpected trouble. Hiking in the hills, she comes across two men, one of whom, Mark Langley, is critically injured. She spends the night taking care of him while the other guy is off doing Other Stuff, and helps him fall asleep by telling him the story of the moon spinners:
"Night after night, you can see the moon getting less and less, the ball of light waning, while it grows on the spindles of the maidens. Then at length, the moon is gone, and the world has darkness, and rest, and the creatures of the hillsides are safe from the hunter".
The next day she is shooed off by the men, who don't want her to get involved in their troubles. If only they knew that by sending her to the small hotel in the nearby village of Agios Georgios, they're sending her from the perimeter of the dangerous plot right into the heart of it...
This was the first Mary Stewart novel I ever read, back when I was a high school sophomore. In fact, this book is responsible for my getting a crush on a cute senior who had a Greek last name and a great head of hair just like Stewart lovingly describes in the book: "... that black pelt of hair, thick and close as a ram's fleece, which is one of the chief beauties of the Greek men." Good times!
So anyway, I've got a soft spot for this book, like I seem to have for most of these old Mary Stewart romantic suspense novels, because memories, so it's probably getting a bit of a rating bump because of that. It's lightweight perhaps, but still it's a fun, suspenseful adventure with just a little romance. Stewart is a wonderful author who gives even light novels a nice literary touch. Nicola is a can-do kind of girl, and her sarcastic cousin Frances is one of the joys of the book."All right, what's his name?"
"How d'you know it's a he?"
"It always is. Besides, I assume it's the one you spent the night with."
"Oh. Yes... He's a civil engineer. His name's Mark Langley."
"It isn't 'ah' at all! As a matter of fact," I said, very clearly, "I rather detest him."
"Oh, God," said Frances, "I knew this would happen one day. No, don't glare at me, I'm only teasing. You've spent the night with a detestable engineer called Mark. It makes a rousing start. Tell all."Another delightful romantic suspense novel from Mary Stewart set (as usual) in an exotic location.
November 2015 buddy (re)read with the Mary Stewart group.
Art credit: "Spinning Moonlight" by David Wyatt
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Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.
She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.
Her unofficial fan site can be found at http://marystewartnovels.blogspot.com/.
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