Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart has been on my radar for quite awhile. I even have it on my Project Fill in the Gaps list. That, along with the combined recommendations of Holly, Chachic and Angie (three people I trust more than most for recs) finally urged me to pick it up.
I don’t have much previous experience with Mary Stewart – but let me tell you. That will be changing. Nine Coaches Waiting is nothing short of stellar. Everything from the plot to the characters to the writing (the writing, you guys – oh my stars) left me all but speechless.
Let me give you one – very important – piece of advice about Nine Coaches Waiting. Don’t try to learn anything about it before just picking it up. If you enjoy historical novels, mysteries, thrillers and/or suspense – I promise you’ll love it. Let it be a surprise!
Can y’all imagine a better way to describe falling in love than the following?
“It was stupid, it was it was terrifying, it was wonderful, but it had happened.”
The way Mary Stewart has with words kills me, y’all. From giving the characters distinct personalities to describing feelings to invoking fear and suspense…she does it all in Nine Coaches Waiting. When my twitter status updated my currently reading status, the fabulous Deanna Raybourn said the following:
“NO ONE can write more suspenseful pages about absolutely nothing than Mary Stewart–and I mean that as profound compliment.”
Isn’t that delicious? I wasn’t that far into Nine Coaches Waiting yet, but I found that statement so intriguing. Since I am nowhere close to the wordsmith Deanna Raybourn is, I had to steal that for my review. I can’t think of a better way to describe Mary Stewart’s writing!
If you’re a fan of romantic suspense and old fashioned mysteries, this is definitely a book you have to read! I absolutely can’t wait to dive into more of Mary Stewart.
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