Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart

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.

Check out Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart on Goodreads / Amazon

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  • Chachic January 25, 2012, 12:26 am

    That was fast! Glad you were able to bump this up the TBR pile. Isn’t Mary Stewart’s writing just lovely? I can’t wait to read the rest of her romantic suspense novels. I hope they’re just as charming as Nine Coaches Waiting. It doesn’t hurt that they come in beautiful editions.
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  • Andrea January 25, 2012, 11:40 am

    Oh I love the sound of it. I love mysteries and romance tied together. I want to look more into it before reading it (a bad habit of mine) but I will try and take your advice and just pick it up and read it! Glad to hear you thought it was that good!
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  • Angiegirl January 25, 2012, 2:37 pm

    I love everything about this review. SO thrilled you loved this one and can’t wait to hear which others you love.
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  • Jessica @ Quirky Bookworm January 27, 2012, 3:16 pm

    So happy to find another Mary Stewart fan! I think my favorite might be Airs Above the Ground, but I love Nine Coaches Waiting and My Brother Michael and…pretty much all of them. 🙂
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  • Paula January 29, 2012, 2:13 pm

    This makes me want to re-read Nine Coaches Waiting! It’s been such a long time, I don’t remember much about it. I also loved The Moon-Spinners, My Brother Micheal, and Madam, Will you Talk? Great books!
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  • June February 22, 2012, 8:47 am

    Jessica @The Quirky Bookroom posted a link to this review. I loved the book!! Thanks for “giving” me a new author!! 🙂

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