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A gripping, nail-biting adventure set in Scotland, from the original queen of romantic suspense

Total heaven. I’d rather read her than most other authors’ Harriet Evans

When Rose Fenemore takes a desperately needed holiday to an isolated cottage on the Scottish island of Moila she doesn’t expect much in the way of adventure – just a few quiet weeks of writing, walking and bird-watching.

And then, late one night during a wild storm, two young men appear in her doorway, seeking shelter from the wind and rain. Neither man is quite who he claims, and the question of who to trust will put Rose in grave peril . . .

Praise for Mary Stewart:

‘Mary Stewart is magic’ New York Times

‘One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century’ Independent

‘She set the benchmark for pace, suspense and romance – with a great dollop of escapism as the icing’ Elizabeth Buchan

‘Mary Stewart’s writing is illuminated by her evident affection for the Western Scottish landscape . . . a rattling good yarn’ Sunday Telegraph

Reader reviews of Stormy Petrel:

Mary Stewart! What an author! . . . The plot has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and the writing is a joy’

‘She truly is one of the best romantic suspense writers, if not the best

‘Like consuming really rich chocolate you don’t want it to end . . . She has the gift and has been sharing it with her readers generously. She still has magic’

‘Mary Stewart specialises in novels which have you alternately holding your breath as to what might happen, or chuckling to yourself


Lady Stewart's writing is illuminated by her evident affection for the Western Scottish landscape . . . a rattling good yarn
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
A sunset touch . . . a gentle love story . . . a happy return
<i>The Times</i>
A beautifully written, atmospheric story
<i>Birmingham Post</i>
From opening to finale, this zestful romantic adventure grips, amuses, frightens and delights
Sunday Telegraph
Mary Stewart is magic
New York Times
The stylish, educated novels of Mary Stewart . . . arguably inspired the deluge of bestselling romantic fiction that has flooded the market in recent decades.
Mary Stewart sprinkled intelligence around like stardust . . . She built the bridge between classic literature and modern popular fiction. She did it first and she did it best
Melanie Reid, Herald
A writer of considerable skill . . . [with an] intuitive feel for the past and its re-creation in vivid, poetic detail
A wonderful wordsmith . . . Stewart was among the first authors to seamlessly integrate a mystery and a romance thus allowing the two to come alive and complement each other.