By Mary Stewart
Mary Stewart, writer of many bestselling novels, has been usually in comparison with the Brontë sisters. Her 1960 vintage My Brother Michael, with its fabulous mingling of romance and suspense, its vibrant descriptions and overtone of drawing close catastrophe, is additional proof that the comparability is richly deserved.
Perhaps Camilla Haven accidentally invoked the gods that afternoon within the crowded Athens café while she wrote to a chum, “Nothing ever occurs to me.” yet a couple of hours later, a rare teach of occasions had dispatched Camilla to Delphi, to be within the corporation of an enthralling yet quietly decided Englishman named Simon Lester. Simon informed Camilla he had come to the traditional Greek ruins to “appease the shade” of his brother Michael, killed a few fourteen years prior on Parnassus. From a curious letter Michael had written, Simon believed his brother had stumbled upon whatever of significant significance hidden within the craggy reaches of the mountainside.
And then Simon and Camilla realized that they weren't on my own of their seek . . .
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My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart