Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Nine Coaches Waiting in Ladies Home Journal, 1958


The table of contents page above has a little biography of Mary Stewart. It says that in her spare time she "directs college plays and exercises race horses." Her passion for drama makes sense, but exercising race horses? So crazy glamorous!

Many of Mary Stewart's novels were condensed and published in women's magazines around the time of that the novels were first published. Through this sort of think is done infrequently now, back in the day it was a fairly common way to publicize a new book by a well-known author. The image above is the illustration by Harry Anderson that accompanied the condensation of Nine Coaches Waiting in the September 1958 issue of Ladies Home Journal. Sorry the quality isn't great -- the microfilm was black and white and a bit fuzzy. But it's a lovely picture. It must depict the scene when Linda is in Madame de Valmy's room trying on the ballgown she'd made. Raoul finds her there and they have a nice little interlude. ;)


I pushed away from him at last, both hands against his chest. "But Raoul, why?"

"What d'you mean why?"

"Why me? Your father called me 'Jane Eyre,' and he wasn't far wrong. And you--you could have anyone. So ... why?"

"Do you want to know why?" His hands turned me around to face the mirror again, holding me back against him. I could feel his heart hammering against my shoulder blade. His eyes met mind in the glass. "You don't have to be humble, ma belle. That's why."

*Sigh*
If you haven't already started this classic tale, "Nine Coaches Waiting," DON'T WAIT ANY LONGER!!! This book is a hybrid mix between Rebecca and Jane Eyre for me and I'm loving every page more than the last one! Let's admit it, summers over, the kiddos are back in school, so there's no excuse for you to not find the time read this little gem!
Happy Reading!

1 comment :

Karen said...

I just finished Nine Coaches Waiting and I loved it! It was riveting until I turned the last page. Have fun ladies & I look forward to discussing it on Sept 1st with everyone.