The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie is the second of six books I read by her that are not a murder mystery. I loved the first one I read, Absent in the Spring, despite not being keen on the main character. This one though it was 3 stars. Not bad, but not great either, so I gave it an average rating.

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie

The book follows the story of Isabella Charteris who is expected to marry her cousin Rupert St. Loo when he is back from WWII. The story takes place in 1945 and there is quite a lot on politics, as John Gabriel, an war hero and a candidate in Cornwall, is the hero. Their story is told by Hugh Norreys, who is in love with Isabella too. I think the story lacked a focus, it was a bit about war, a bit about politics, but felt too mild.

Books under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott (links to reviews):
Giant’s Bread (1930)
Unfinished Portrait (1934)
Absent in the Spring (1944) – 5 Stars
The Rose and the Yew Tree (1948)
A Daughter’s a Daughter (1952) – 3 Stars
The Burden (1956)

The Rose and the Yew Tree by Agatha Christie

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My rating: 3/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes-ish
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers
Year it was published: first published 1947
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): Contemporary fiction
Pages: 224

About the author: Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, as the youngest of three. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a Devon hospital during the First World War, tending to troops coming back from the trenches. During the First World War, she worked at a hospital as a nurse; later working at a hospital pharmacy, a job that influenced her work, as many of the murders in her books are carried out with poison. During the Second World War, she worked as a pharmacy assistant at University College Hospital, London, acquiring a good knowledge of poisons which feature in many of her novels.
Her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, came out in 1920. During her first marriage, Agatha published six novels, a collection of short stories, and a number of short stories in magazines. In 1930, Christie married archaeologist Max Mallowan (Sir Max from 1968) after joining him in an archaeological dig. Their marriage was especially happy in the early years and remained so until Christie’s death in 1976.
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