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10 thoughts on “Thunder on the Right

  1. says:

    2.5 stars The melodrama, it overwhelms.Jennifer Silver, a young British woman, travels to the French Pyrenees in search of her cousin, Gillian, who suddenly wrote that she was entering a French convent Waiting for Jennifer in the beautiful French town of Gavarnie Gavarnie, France is Stephen, who s been carrying a torch for Jennifer for years, though she s been until now totally oblivious to that fact.Jennifer is told by Do a Francesca, the bursar at the convent, that a week or so ago Gillian was in a car crash and died at the convent a few days later But Do a Francesca boo hiss clearly has a sinister agenda, and there are reasons to think that the woman who died at the convent was not Gillian Re reading this after 20 years or , I reluctantly have to say that the years haven t treated this Mary Stewart book as kindly as most of her other romantic suspense novels There are flashes of Stewart s brilliant writing, but they re encased in a lot of what Stewart herself called purple prose The weather is repeatedly used as a heavy handed symbol, the heroine faints, the hero fights, villains menace and leer The writing and the plot are both on the overwrought side Stewart shows a lamentable tendency to overuse ellipses in this book, which reminds me way too much of Barbara Cartland s breathless heroines.If you re a Mary Stewart completist or an avid fan of old time Gothic type romantic suspense novels with fainting heroines, you may enjoy this, but if you re new to Stewart s books, do yourself a big favor and don t start with TotR Personally I recommend Nine Coaches Waiting and Madam, Will You Talk It was a close call for me, whether to round this down to 2 stars Chalk it up to sopho slump I understand this was Stewart s second novel She didn t care for it much either This was a buddy read with the Mary Stewart group, and while we were debating whether thunder on the right is a quote from some poem or another literary source, a few of us came up with our own poems using the title phrase I ll leave you with my very late night offering warning mildly spoilerish The Lament of Do a Francesca The time has come, the bursar said, To talk of many things Of gold and blackmail and smugglers,Of a cousin and the trouble she brings Of Celeste s crush on that stupid boyAnd just how much that stings.And why the thunder is on the rightAnd whether my black robe has wings More astoundingly great bad mediocre TotR poetry can be found here in our discussion thread in the Mary Stewart group.

  2. says:

    In my quest to revisit all of Mary Stewart s wonderful romance mysteries, I have been delighted to find that my memory and reality are much the same This is a fun, if simple and perhaps too predictable, a romp I am unsure if I can put a finger on what it is about Stewart that always delights me, but it is here in spades Fearless heroines, handsome men waiting just in the wings at the appropriate moment, a bit of kissing on the sly, confusion and bouts of clarity, and images of handsome young men flying down mountain passes on blazing stallions Is there something else the romantic voyeur could desire Mix that with Stewart s considerable descriptive talents and you have a bit of magic At least, I find it so.

  3. says:

    I read somewhere that Mary Stewart felt that this was the weakest of her novels, and I must agree although Airs Above the Ground comes in a close second Thunder on the Right starts off strong, but peters out mid way and never regains traction While the plot is intriguing a missing presumed dead cousin, and art theft brokered through a French abbey in the Pyrenees, neither storyline is fleshed out to gain full impact Likewise with the characters Stephen Masefield is one of the most lackluster Stewart heros I ve ever read, and Jennifer Silver, the damsel in distress, lacks the spunk and intrepid spirit of a typical Stewart heroine.A disappointing offering from the Dame of romantic suspense.

  4. says:

    Tension is built marvellously within Thunder on the Right, and I really enjoyed the fact that it had a mystery at its heart It did remind me of Daphne du Maurier at points, and I found myself greatly admiring elements of the plot, as well as Stewart s descriptions Enjoyable and well paced parts of it were perhaps a touch melodramatic, but it certainly gives a memorable story to its readers.

  5. says:

    Needing a good story to read, I went to my friend Mary Stewart The story is slow to start but picks up the pace and moves rapidly through the eventsJenny Silver is bothered by a letter she received from a friend Gillian She travels to Gavarnie where she was told that friend has died and is buried in the Abbey grounds Jenny doesn t believe it and as she explores Gillian s death the tale takes a major turn and Jenny needs to find Gillian Is Gillian still alive Who is buried in the graveyard I highly recommend this book and series.

  6. says:

    Earlier this year, when Hodder reissued Mary Stewart s novels in striking new covers, I remembered that I have always meant to try her books My mother used to love them, and I can remember her bringing them home from the library back in the days when I was still borrowing from the junior shelves.Now that I have read Thunder on the Right I can understand why all those books came home.I met Jennifer, the twenty two year old daughter of a distinguised Oxford Professor, at a hotel high in the Pyrenees She had come to visit Gillian, her widowed cousin, who had written to her, quite unexpectedly, from a nearby convent.Jennifer was unsettled when she met Stephen, a man she had known back in Oxford They had been very close But Stephen had been a student of her father, and the professor thought him an unsuitable match for his daughter and forced them apart.And she is was disturbed, and distressed, when she visited the convent and wasis told that Gillian has died, and has been buried That she left nothing, not a single word for her family Jennifer knew that to be completely out of character And she saw other signs that something was amiss, and that maybe, just maybe, the woman who died wasn t Gillian.Jennifer seeks Stephen s help in uncovering the truth Thunder on the Right offered so much.A heroine who was beautiful, charming, bright, and engaging A hero who was heroic, but was also reassuringly mortal A wonderfully drawn supporting cast A richly evoked setting.And, to hold all of those things together, a cleverly constructed plot, that mixed intrigue, action and romance to wonderful effect All of the elements came together perfectly I was swept away, and I lived through every high and low, such an extraordinary range of emotions.Thunder on the Right was a fine piece of storytelling, and a marvellous entertainment.Some might find it a little old fashioned, a little contrived even, but I didn t mind any of that I was caught up in the story, and I wanted to believe.And now I could happily turn back to the beginning and live through the story all over again I won t, because so many other books are calling, but I will pick up another of Mary Stewart s books very, very soon.

  7. says:

    Jennifer Silver is a twenty two year old from Oxford Her father is a professor of music at Oxford University, her mother runs the household in a way that observes the formal standards of what Mary Stewart describes as a fading age Jennifer grew up in a high walled protective existence in a place named Cherry Close She was also an only child When she was eight years old, her older half French cousin Gillian, who previously lived in Northumberland, came to live with the Silvers after the sudden death of her parents in one of the first air raids of the war It would only be five years later when Gillian met and married a man named Jacques Lamartine who had been stationed with the Free French near Oxford After the wedding, Gillian and Jacques moved to Bordeaux, France This left Jennifer alone again at Cherry Close at the tender age of thirteen Jennifer s parents took a different, if non confrontational view on how to guide Jennifer as she became a young woman Her mother, a staunch traditionalist, would prefer her daughter attend finishing school, and once finished , she would come home to be brought out and then suitably married Jennifer s father took a cosmopolitan view on what Jennifer might pursue after her Switzerland finishing school experience He suggested his daughter engage in an area of study that was of interest to her, an idea which Jennifer was amenable to She eventually chose Art, which turned out to be a good compromise, and a relief to her mother who saw art as a much suitable academic pursuit than the unwomanly of the sciences Mary Stewart tells us that by her teens, Jennifer was already blooming into a beauty I liked how she describes this She had been a planish child, with a promise of beauty in the fine bones of the face and the silken texture of the straight, pale gold hair Despite Jennifer s lovely appearance, she seemed to be unaware of the attentions of the young men she met That was until Stephen Masefield came along His attempts to get close to Jennifer were thwarted, in no uncertain terms, by Mrs Silver And with that, Stephen left for two years of study in Vienna, Austria He s physically separated from Jennifer but is unable to put her out of his mind, we learn Sometime later, Jennifer discovers, from Gillian of Jacque s untimely death, and her decision to remain in Bordeaux alone Gillian then sends Jennifer a series of letters, culminating with the last one in which she declares her intention to become a nun, living at the convent of Notre Dame Des Oranges All of this leads us up to the opening scene of the story Jennifer is lunching at the Hotel du Pimene, Gavarnie, deciding on the best strategy for locating Gillian She s travelled here out of deep concern, since Gillian s last letter came three weeks ago, and she s afraid of why she hasn t heard from her friend since By chance Stephen himself makes his way to her table, he s on holiday and spotted her in the dining room They share a drink and reminisce of the last time they were together two years before it is then that Stephen tells Jennifer that he s written her several times since he left, a revelation that surprises her since she received no letters He asks what she s doing in this part of France, which leads to Jennifer explaining the circumstances of Jacques death and Gillian s plan to become a nun Stephen asks what she plans to do next, I m going up to see her now Jennifer replies To pry her loose from the convent he asks of course, if I can, why not She asserts With that, Stephen offers to hike part of the way to the convent with her The scenery is exquisitely described by Mary Stewart The valley twisted toward the south, and before them, the great barrier of dim green peaks Once the convent comes into view, Stephen asks if Jennifer wanted to make the rest of the journey alone, to which she replies she does She reaches the convent and is greeted at the door by a rosy cheeked teenager, Take me to Mother Superior please, Jennifer requests The girls guides her through the inner walkways, staircases and shadowy network of hallways until Jennifer is finally left in the presence of a woman who can only be described as a quasi sister , a woman who at first glance appears to be one of the order of sisters, but who we learn rather quickly is not She s Dona Francisca, the bursar of the convent Jennifer informs Francisca that she s looking for Gillian Lamartine which prompts the woman to give her the shocking news.Gillian died the previous week and was now buried in the convent cemetery Jennifer numbly follows Francisca to the graveyard, where she s introduced to the nun responsible for the gardening, a Sister Maria Louisa After a brief discussion, Francisca leaves Jennifer with the gardening nun, assuming that the young lady wishes to spend time in solitude at her friend s grave.And that when Jennifer and Sister Louisa begin talking Jennifer relays the story Francisca told her just a few minutes ago, that Gillian was in a car accident that was caused by a rockslide that was probably the result of the recent heavy rains and that she walked from the site of the accident all the way to the convent, a distance of six kilometers According to Francisca, by the time Gillian arrived at the convent gates she was exhausted and in shock which soon lead to delirium She was never coherent, and less than a week later, her death Jennifer had asked about mention in the papers, but Francesca said there was none The gardening nun heard Jennifer s retelling of Francisca s version of the story and asserted that indeed Gillian was lucid and coherent a few times over the course of the week Why then would she not tell you about her relatives Or that she s received a letter saying I was coming to visit her The nun had no explanation for this Jennifer thought further, there is a village between where the crash occurred and the convent, Why would she not sop at the village first She talks these things through and realizes that there are many inconsistencies in the story of Gillian s death She wonders if she s getting the truth, or if someone has something to hide Perhaps the woman who dies wasn t Gillian at all What followed was a fantastic tale of subterfuge, blackmail, human smuggling, murder and deception All of it intertwined in shadowy convent scenes, secret nighttime mountain trail hikes, clandestine meetings and a backdrop of rugged, yet beautiful French Pyrenees This story is yet another proof of Mary Stewart s storytelling talent

  8. says:

    This is the most dreadful trash But it s perfect to read on a lazy holiday, or when you are ill in bed Gothic romance, purple prose, naive, feeble but beautiful heroine, strong but sensitive hero, sinister villainess, predictable ending it has everything Set in and around an isolated convent in the Pyrenees in the 1950s, it rather reminded me of a downmarket version of Black NarcissusUsually Mary Stewart s strength is the way she conveys a sense of place But this seemed too overblown and over written most of the time A shower of hail raced up the slope and over the crested woods, its million tiny ghost feet pattering and galloping overhead like a wave sweeping the shingle As it ebbed into silence the lighting stabbed again a flash, a crack, and then at one stride the storm was in the valley the growl and roar of thunder rolled and re echoed from the mountains on either hand, and the sword of the lightning stabbed down, and stabbed again, as if searching through the depths of the cringing woods for whatever sheltered there.There are pages and pages like this she must have been getting paid by the word It s hard to believe this is the same person who wrote the excellent Merlin trilogy.

  9. says:

    This is one of Stewart s novels along with Thornyhold, Nine Coaches Waiting I like best It features a nicely paced plot and vivid antagonists, especially Dona Francisca From the start Stewart evokes her hooded malignity and danger with subtle expertise The convent and its surroundings are also vivid I m not that connected with Jenny Like other heroines, she s very competent and on her toes rather too perfect to relate to Her thoughts aren t deeply delved into, but I don t mind so much because her motives are easily followed by her actions, and I care about her search for the truth about her cousin Gillian However, after the second half of the book I get a little detached from Jenny s struggle, I think because there is no reflection on Gillian, no past scenes with her that would show me why and how Jenny is close to her and is so desperate to get her into safety, apart from cousinly ties The lack of background on Gillian leaves me feeling a little empty at the end, which is abrupt and does not feature her at all.Stephen has a nice development from a claimed non hero to one who very much fits the part He is a little condescending at times, but tender and gentle to Jenny, responding instantly to her needs and danger I wouldn t mind being on an adventure with him.

  10. says:

    This suspense novel is up there with my favorite Mary Stewart books Thornyhold, Rose Cottage, Nine Coaches Waiting, This Rough Magic, and Madam, Will You Talk Stewart wrote many books, so this top six list is somewhat selective Set in the Pyrenees on the French border with Spain, Thunder on the Right includes a missing maybe dead woman, a mysterious convent populated by secretive characters the nuns are okay, it s the other people who seem to be hiding something , a long lost love who may or may not live up to the heroine s expectations, and a heart stopping climax with lots of twists and turns all set in the Valley of Storms, where the weather reflects the goings on Even the protagonist questions the melodrama of it all, but that adds to the book s charm as Stewart once again proves herself a mistress of this genre.

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