Feast your eyes on this beauty! Further to my post about gorgeous new Mary Stewart Book Covers, I was unable to resist ordering a copy of The Ivy Tree after work on Thursday.
We don’t have an independent bookshop in my town but we do have Waterstones and WH Smith, so we are not bereft of actual physical bookshops. At Waterstones, the helpful member of staff was unsure whether the book would arrive with the old 2011 edition book cover or the scrummy new one (the new cover was on their system but I think it was connected to the 2011 ISBN?). She explained that if the book arrived with the old cover, there was no obligation for me to buy it and they would keep it as shop stock.
I then received a text when my book arrived and, as you can see, it is the book cover I wanted!
Confession ^coughs nervously^: I now own seven copies of The Ivy Tree. Yes, seven. I’m shocked too. As well as my marvellous new one, there is on my bookshelves and in my bureau bookcase: the Hodder 1st edition, two different omnibus editions, a Reader’s Digest edition, and two paperbacks from 1976 and 2011.
Seven. What you have to understand is that these have been collected over a very veeeery long period of time. A few Mary Stewarts a year at most, probably. (What I need to understand is that I am a Mary Stewart book addict.)
So. Time for a giveaway. Would anyone (sorry – UK only) like my 2011 copy of The Ivy Tree which is pictured below?
It’s in very good condition and it is free to a good home. Let me know in the comments below by next Saturday, 4 March, if you’d like it, otherwise I’ll donate it to a charity shop. I’ll pick a ‘winner’ at random next Sunday if more than one person wants it.
Yes, meeeee! That said, I do understand if you give it to a more deserving fan. Annette
Hi Annette, welcome to the blog. Yours is the only name in the hat so far so your chance of winning is pretty high!
Hi Allison, I’m enjoying reading your blog even though I’ve never read one of Mary’s books! I’m doing a Reading Bingo challenge this year so if I win that’s my ‘recommended by a friend’ book choice sorted!
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Hi, thank you, I’m so pleased you are enjoying the blog. I haven’t heard of a Reading Bingo challenge, I’ll have to Google it – or it would be great if you wanted to explain what one is and how to take part?
Good luck with the giveaway!
Hello again morrishee,
You are the winner of The Ivy Tree! I hope you will enjoy this book – even if you don’t, it would be good to hear your thoughts on it.
I hadn’t thought this bit through but I think the best plan is for you to contact me through the ‘Contact’ button at the top of the page (or you can find it as the bottom item in ‘Pages’, depending on what sort of device you are using to access the blog) – that way you can let me know your address privately and I will post it out to you.
Congratulations – and thank you for helping me get my ‘grove’ of Ivy Trees back down to six copies!
You don’t seem to have the copy of the Ivy Tree I possess: 1961 Mill-Morrow Book Club edition. Yellow hard cover. The jacket has a gnarled ivy covered tree, gaping wall and chimney tops of a gatehouse against a storm sky. Very evocative.
I’ll be visiting Hadrian’s Wall in late March and I think I’ve worked out where to get the view that Annabelle sees at the beginning of the story.
Oh I’ve seen and admired that one! I have very few of the US editions: postage within the UK is bad enough, and Atlantic-crossing delivery is extortionate. Possibly just as well for me or I might have a dozen copies of each book…
I am thrilled that you have figured out the Northumbrian setting of the Ivy Tree and would love to know more. If you fancied sharing a photo or info or a guest blog or anything at all after your visit then I would love that! But no pressure, I just hope you have a fantastic holiday next month.
It would be great to see a photo of the view! Hope you’re right about it! I love The Ivy Tree!
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Nodding my head in agreement with all you write