Sunday, September 16, 2012

This Rough Magic by Mary Stewart (thoughts)

This Rough Magic is my first read by Mary Stewart but it definitely won't be my last! Lucy Waring is visiting her sister on the island of Corfu while also taking a break from her acting career. She believes that she is relaxing in paradise until strange events begin to occur. And when two young men both mysteriously drown while fishing, Lucy finds herself impossibly caught up in the mystery of what is happening on this island.

This Rough Magic started off slowly for me but I'm really glad that I stuck with it. The author had me thoroughly entranced by the end of the novel as I couldn't wait to see how it would all play out. Just trying to collect all of my thoughts on this book is amusing for me as I feel like I shouldn't have enjoyed it as much as I did. Without giving too much away, there were many moments of unbelievability in this book that usually would have bothered me. Instead, I found myself both charmed with this book and the storyline that the author had created. For instance, the love angle between Lucy and another (sorry too spoiler-ey if I say who) happens within a matter of pages. One moment they hate each other and the next they are practically ready to exchange vows. I couldn't help but shake my head and smile though. None of the improbable (and there were a lot of them upon consideration) events took away from the story. Instead, it made it all a bit more magical which was how the island was portrayed itself. The ending of the book tied everything up quite nicely and left me ready to read more by Stewart.

All in all, quite an enjoyable read despite the slow start and improbability of it all. I am excited to have found a new author with a nice sized backlist of books for me to peruse. I'm definitely going to be reading more by this author! And this was also the perfect way for me to begin Carl's R.I.P. VII event as this book definitely fits! Recommended!

Bottom Line: A solid romantic suspense with magical qualities!

Disclosure: Checked out from my local library. I need to get on their catalog and see what other books they have by this author for me to read!


  1. Sounds like it was worth sticking with!

  2. I have books by Mary Stewart on my TBR, but I have never read her. For shame! One day!

  3. Wonderful review! I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. :)

  4. Your review has me wanting to try this author now!!!

  5. I've read some Mary Stewart and have some on my shelves but haven't heard of this one..It will most likely go on my amazon wishlist!

  6. Hooray! I went searching on Amazon and found that the book I have by Mary Stewart has 3 full novels in it and one is this book!!! woohoo! thanks for the encouraging review!

  7. I've never read anything by this author but this sounds good and you know how much I like anything with magic in it! Glad you enjoyed it.

  8. So glad you enjoyed this! I'm a big Mary Stewart fan. Nine Coaches Waiting and Madam, Will You Talk? are two of my favorites, but I honestly haven't read a bad one yet!

  9. Naida- It definitely was! And I bet that you would enjoy this book as well if you ever get the chance to read it :)

    Kailana- Hopefully you get the chance to try her sooner rather than later. Although this was only my 1st book by her so I have some catching up to do as well!!

    Suko- Thanks Suko!

    Staci- You should definitely try this one! I really think that you would enjoy this author as well!

    DesLily- I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did :) And how exciting to find that you already have it! Enjoy!

    Darlene- I hope you get the chance to read it!

    Youbookme- I'm so glad that you mentioned these two books because I didn't know which of her books to try next. I'm adding both of these to my Goodreads wishlist to try!


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