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A haunting love story set in the Channel Islands and New Zealand in the 19th century.William, whose hypnotic, masculine presence made two women adore him... of Marianne, moody, passionate, brilliant, by whom William was both fascinated and repelled... of Marguerite, Marianne's beautiful sister whom William wanted with all his heart.They had both loved him for years. Now thA haunting love story set in the Channel Islands and New Zealand in the 19th century.William, whose hypnotic, masculine presence made two women adore him... of Marianne, moody, passionate, brilliant, by whom William was both fascinated and repelled... of Marguerite, Marianne's beautiful sister whom William wanted with all his heart.They had both loved him for years. Now they were waiting for him to return from his journeys and claim his bride....

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Number of Pages : 512 Pages
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Green Dolphin Street Reviews

  • Karyl
    2018-10-07 22:08

    As soon as Marianne sets her eyes on William Ozanne, after his father finally returns to his birthplace, she also sets her cap for him. From that very moment she realizes that she is meant for him, and that she would mold him into exactly the man she wants him to be. However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him as well, a pure, giving love that asks for nothing in return. After emigrating to New Zealand to make a new life for himself as an adult, he writes home to ask his love to join him in the New World -- except he mixes up the names of the sisters. What follows is a hard look of what it means to give up everything to make someone else happy, and how one can find peace and happiness in return. And finally at the end, the one who had thought she had lost it all years and years ago, and had been living a lie all this time, realizes instead that she's been given an incredible gift -- and it is the making of her.This book is very long, true. There were parts that dragged a bit, but I think it was necessary to fully flesh out each and every character. There are so many people, and each one is a completely three-dimensional character, not simply cameos that flash upon the scene and are as quickly gone again. The writing is a little high-flown and romantic, but for me it gave the book an almost soft-focus feeling as I read it. Beautiful book, and one definitely worth sticking with.

  • bup
    2018-10-21 01:29

    Well, I haven't finished this. I can't right now, and I may never. Too painful.Baby, I finished the book, and I'm sorry you weren't here with me for the ending. It ended as well as it began, but, like real life, with some sadness picked up along the journey that we have to carry with us.I want to trumpet as much as I can the greatness of this book. Truly a forgotten classic. At times I thought I was reading Dickens. I don't know why this book isn't huge. You can see by the ratings it's good - having an average rating above 4 is no easy feat on goodreads.I'm not sure I want to tell you much about the book - it was wonderful for me not knowing anything about it except a recommendation that it was good, and letting it sell me on itself.It's a period piece - set in the 1830's (written in the 1940's) in the British Empire, and it's the story of a few lives that intertwine. Sounds staid, but isn't.Please seek it out and enjoy it.

  • Karen
    2018-09-27 23:18

    This is my all time favorite book. Good luck finding a copy, though. It is out of print. I checked it out from the Orem Library but it has since gone missing. I bought a used copy off of Amazon.Interesting fact--this book was made into a movie in the 40s, I think, staring Donna Read, Lana Turner, Van Heflen. It has some early cinematographic attempts at portraying an earthquake. It is reasonable good.I read it first in the 90s but reread it about a year ago. Still as good as I remember it. Don't expect a quick and easy read. The characters are complex and it covers a long period of time.Basic plot is of two sisters, both in love with one man. He favors the younger sister but when alone and drunk in New Zealand, he writes a letter asking the older sister to come to New Zealand and marry him. (Their names were similar.) Now what does he do? Read the book and find out.

  • Abigail Hartman
    2018-10-14 01:14

    I came away from this novel...vaguely confused. In some ways I enjoyed it very much, and in others I was left with a sensation of, "Ha ha, wait, what?" Therefore, the thing to do is clearly to take a page out of Cait's playbook and make lists (and anyway, lists are more fun to read).Thumbs-up!1. Despite the fact that there was so much of it that I did, admittedly, skim through a few paragraphs here and there, the descriptions are beautiful. Whether talking about the Channel island or New Zealand, or England or China, Goudge paints the landscape through the eyes of the characters and makes it its own character in the novel -- one of the most important characters, in fact. And it's breathtaking.2. The story arcs are fantastic. I almost never read books that follow the the protagonist(s) from childhood to old age -- they always sound a bit dull, honestly -- but I was fascinated by the evolution of the very different physical and yet very similar spiritual lives of Marianne, Marguerite, and William. (Marianne's totally not pleasant, but she's still, in my opinion, the most interesting and engaging character. William annoyed me.) One of the aspects of the story I admired most was Goudge's awesome use of repetition: I love the way she "recycles" the same phrase or even paragraph to emphasize the connections between different characters.3. It's engaging. Again, a story that follows three characters through almost their whole lives doesn't sound particularly great to me, but while Green Dolphin Street is a) pretty long and b) heavy on descriptive passages and c) more about spiritual journeys than catastrophes and dramatic events (there are catastrophes and dramatic events, they're just not the focus, in my opinion), it still pulled me in. I wanted to keep reading; I wanted to know how the characters' struggles and relationships would or would not be resolved. Many of their trials rang true with me, and I was invested in their stories. The lumber-business bits in New Zealand were the best.Thumbs...down? Sideways?1. "You probably found the theology confusing because it was confused." This is a book suffused with a mystical/pietistic perspective on life, and while much of it is quite beautiful and has elements of truth, I honestly felt that the core message was unrealistic and unbiblical. I could have misunderstood it, but that was the sensation I took away. Christ is mentioned a few times in His role as suffering Savior, but He was not, as I saw it, central to the salvation of the characters. Indeed, the characters seemed to be "saved" through their relationships with other characters -- either the giving or receiving of some kind of "sacrificial love." In one case a character even (view spoiler)[considers his death to be a sacrifice that, um, wins God over into saving the lives of his sailors? There definitely seemed to be some "bargaining" vibes there, anyway. (hide spoiler)] God Himself often seemed to be nothing more personal than a mysterious force in the background. Of course, in large measure the novel seems to be allegorical, but the message struck a wrong note. Sacrificial love toward one another is important, but ultimately we don't save ourselves by giving up everything for another person. Green Dolphin Street seemed to me to go far astray on this point.2. Sometimes the characters left me doing the "huh what?" thing. Like, Tai Haruru. He was a fascinating figure and his story arc, too, was interesting; however, I thought from his first introduction that he was much older than William and Marianne. Thus (view spoiler)[I considered him a father-figure to them both, and then all of a sudden there is a kind of romantic soul-connection between him and Marianne that absolutely threw me for a loop. I felt like I'd been given whiplash. (hide spoiler)]There are more likes than dislikes, then. It's just that the dislikes were very large ones, not just minor points that appeared here and there but could be dismissed; the spiritual message covered the whole of the story, and while it had some biblical points, I was ultimately uncomfortable with where it went.

  • Christy
    2018-10-16 22:06

    In your typical love story, girl meets boy and they fall in love, but some obstacle springs up, such as a misunderstanding, or another woman. Eventually the obstacle is overcome, however, and they declare their love and live happily ever after. But what if things don’t work out that way? What if the boy hopelessly botches things and accidentally marries the wrong girl? Can it still be a love story? Green Dolphin Street is tender, funny, wrenching, and vivid, and it will weave its exquisite spell on you while it challenges and enriches your understanding of real love.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-20 05:05

    This book was referred to me by my dear college roomie Diane, who was killed in an auto accident this past January. She happened to randomly mention it in one of our few Facebook exchanges. I decided to request it from the library and received a 1944 edition (possible 1st edition). It was a very interesting read. Although a fictional storyline it is based on the true experience of a man in the 1800's, writing to the father of his childhood sweetheart, asking that she be allowed to join him as wife in a new country, but he accidentally writes her sister's name, and it is the "wrong" sister who is sent. This is *not* a Hallmark movie story - it delves into character development, personality flaws and conflicts, romantic love, wrought love, etc. Much of the second half of the book was set in mid-century New Zealand, as it was being developed by euro-settlers, with some related, violent clashes in the storyline. It was often slow, but I found it thought-provoking. Perhaps I chose and finished it mainly because of Di's recommendation, but I'm glad I chose something off my literary beaten path.

  • Rachanalski Srodzinski
    2018-09-24 03:27

    This book is an absolute gem. I have read it COUNTLESS times and each time I read it again I fall into the world in its pages and find it hard to come out on the last page. The characters make you fall in love with them, or hate them... this sounds like a fairly generic statement but rarely do I feel anything when reading a book, this one was most certainly an exception. Marianne, marguerite ... so much could be said about them, I feel that the emotions of the characters was expressed PERFECTLY. This book stays beside my bed, its hard to find these days and it is one of my prized possessions.

  • Jane Jago
    2018-10-16 03:15

    Not my favourite Elizabeth Goudge. But still

  • Bridget Blanton
    2018-09-29 05:19

    I am a fan of Elizabeth Goudge, but this is not my favorite book … While she still writes so beautifully throughout the novel, I grew tired of Marianne's obsession with the object of her desire. On the one hand, Marianne is presented as intelligent and independent yet, she seems to focus almost all of her energy on the man she loves; at the cost of happiness for people she supposedly loves. Yes, it's a well developed, classic love triangle/tragedy and for that Goudge is to be applauded, but still, it just grew tiresome for me. The focal point of the novel, page after page, is Marianne and her obsession. I was trudging through the book … I ended up putting it aside a few times to pick up something else… not a good sign… However, I remain a fan of Miss Goudge - she is a remarkable writer.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2018-10-18 06:06

    What a bizarre and unfortunate mistake to make! Elizabeth Goudge is always a lovely read despite being not exactly modern and unfashionably nice! I forgave her for all errors about NZ - she made it clear she had never been here.

  • Luisa Knight
    2018-10-01 02:13

    It's been a week since I finished this book, and even now, I'm still unsure of how to go about writing this review. My thoughts are not concrete. I continue to find myself mulling over all the intricacies of the characters, and pondering the heavy questions they themselves pondered over. I waiver between liking the story and liking it immensely. It's moving, thought-provoking and invokes self-reflection. This book has strong character portraits, with the caste often asking deep spiritual and philosophical questions about God, having a relationship with God, religion, love, salvation, merit, worth, even martyrdom. The plot's main premise is the caste's querying pursuits for salvation, love and peace. Though the conclusions drawn should be taken with a grain of salt, and some I disagree with entirely, the philosophical questions stressed in the story are good ones and worth a little mental floss. And the questions will by no means shatter your faith; they are more for soul-searching. Readers will more likely than not take away these two things: I do not want to be Marianne; not in thought or action, or in attitude, so I'll be careful to watch my personality tendencies and keep them in check and inline. I do not want to make Marguerite's one mistake.Regarding Goudge's style: she's a literary genius. It reads smoothly and beautifully due to her exquisite word texture. I can not say enough on this score! There are lush descriptions of places, people and ideas; areas which she dwells in often, lulling the plot. And Goudge, at least with this work, nailed the art of characterization. I have not read such vividly "real" people in quite some time. If you decide to read this book, don't read the descriptions and don't read the introductory pages in the book - go right to the first chapter. In my opinion, they give too much away. I would have liked the shock of not knowing ahead of time where the story was going. So for a quick synopsis: When Marianne LePatourel meets William Ozanne in the 1830s on an island in the English Channel, she sets her heart on him. However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him too. And so begins this sweeping novel that takes the characters on dramatic adventures from childhood through old age, on land and at sea, and from the Channel Islands to China to the New Zealand frontier.Cleanliness:ProfanityMild Obscenities & Substitutions - 82 Incidents: d*mned, d*mn, h*ll, d*mnablyReligious Profanities - 49 Incidents: God, god-d*mned, Lord, Good Gracious, mercy of heaven, God bless my soul, heaven knows, my goodness, Faith, thank God, in the name of God, Mother of God, for goodness sake, for heaven's sake, for God's sake, God knows, good God, God help him. (By gad, begod, begorra are used numerous times throughout the book.)Scatological Terms - 9 Incidents: bl**dyDerogatory Terms - 14 Incidents: n*gg*rs, *ss, Ch*nk, J*pConversation Topics - 5 Incidents: This book has strong character portraits, with the caste often asking deep spiritual and philosophical questions about God, having a relationship with God, religion, love, salvation, merit, worth, martyrdom; as well as showing the caste's querying pursuits for redemption, love and peace by various means. Mentions alcohol throughout the book. At one time a main character is an alcoholic. Various men smoke throughout the book and mentions snuff.Mentions sailor and Maori tattoos often. There is some discussion about the Maori customs of cannibalism, cutting, suicides if a spouse died, head shrinking, spirits, and there is a scene with a faked seance.For a full cleanliness report, which includes Sexual Content, visit my website. I have hundreds of other detailed reports too, and I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  • Cynthia Haggard
    2018-10-15 03:33

    Is it Marianne, or Marguerite? Poor William could never remember the names of the two sisters, even though they had very different personalities. Marianne was a fiery independent woman, who would not have been out of place in the 21st century. Her gentle sister Marguerite had more old-fashioned qualities. When William had successfully made a life for himself in New Zealand, he decided to write home to St. Pierre in Guernsey, and ask for the hand of the woman he loved. The woman he loved was gentle Marguerite. But in the letter he wrote to their father, he asked for Marianne.So Marianne set off for an unknown place, happy to be shed of a place that hemmed her in. Fiery and courageous, she made a success of herself in New Zealand, taking the inevitable hardships in stride. She had no idea that she was not the bride her husband had in mind until they returned to Guernsey.The scene where she confronts her sister Marguerite with her knowledge that she was the wrong bride is one of my favorites. One doesn’t expect nuns to be speechless with laughter, but this scene is such a luminous one, for the laughter, the love and the forgiveness.Elizabeth Goudge (1900 -1984) is a mostly forgotten author, but at her best, she married wonderful storytelling with spiritual depth. I often wish I could write like her.

  • Lora
    2018-09-23 04:06

    Could be a soap opera, might be a romance, but no, it's a generational historical fiction with spiritual depth and a serious love of Nature! I finished this in an exhausted state- the last 25 pages were at least as intense as the other events in the fifty years the book covers. This book just would not wind down. It was pretty good. Really, really good.

  • LaRae
    2018-09-30 04:23

    This book is about various forms that love takes, and follows primarily the lives of three people -- Marguerite, Marianne, and William. One of these characters, at times, nearly drove me crazy with her selfish, controlling nature, but her journey was definitely worth taking with her. The ending of this book was deeply satisfying, and the pages were filled with truly magnificent prose.

  • Vivienne
    2018-10-17 23:04

     A Gripping Saga, This is a wide-sweeping saga with love as the central theme. Selfish love, unrequited love, romantic love, jealous love, love of God, familial love, passionate love, possessive love, demanding love, selfless love. Love in all of its many manifestations and meanings. The story spans lives, events both momentous and small, some based on historical facts, and some fiction, countries, islands, decades. It is a story of weakness and strength, pride and humility, cowardice and courage, the resilience of the physical and the spiritual, the fine line between happiness and unhappiness, also of determination and stubbornness, the terrible anguish of divided loyalties, self-deception, arrogance, bitterness, hatred, ambition, manipulation, but above all else, love. It is a story that will grip and not let go.The first part of the book is set in Guernsey, and introduces the three main characters, Marianne, her younger sister, Marguerite, and William Ozanne, son of an Island-born doctor who had returned after an absence of twenty years. Marianne is sixteen, William, thirteen and Marguerite, eleven, when the sisters meet William and his father for the first time. The sisters are nothing alike. Marianne is tiny, sallow complected, straight dark brown hair and plain. Marguerite is plump, with a pink and white complexion and a head of golden curls. William is big physically and extremely handsome. These three characters are so well-described in all their virtues and frailties, their thoughts, moods, their very essence, that I became part of their little group. The sisters’ parents, Sophie and Octavius Le Patourel, and William’s father, Dr Edmond Ozanne are also “real” people and indeed all these characters, the Island, itself, and everyone who lived absorbed me effortlessly into their lives.Shortly after William moved to the Island, he and Marianne had an adventure that led them aboard a beautiful clipper, the latest and fastest from the dockyards. The clipper is called “Green Dolphin”, with Captain O’Hara, the Master, a huge Irishman with a huge heart, and his long-time sailing companion, Nat, a disfigured, strange little man with a limp, but very strong. There is an immediate connection between the four of them and O’Hara, Nat, and “Green Dolphin” become an integral part of William’s and Marianne’s lives.The story jumps six years and then another ten. The sisters are still on the Island, and William has been living in New Zealand for the past ten years. How he ended up there I will leave for future readers to discover, as I will also leave them to find out how the years have changed Marianne and Marguerite.The story of William, Marianne, missionary Samuel Kelly and his wife, Susanna, Tai Haruru along with many others, both in Wellington and in a small settlement outside the nascent city of Wellington is absolutely absorbing and is probably my favourite part of the story. I laughed, I wept, I was frustrated, I rejoiced, I near despaired. I was uplifted and cast down. Truly, I was part of the whole glorious, dreadful period. This is a magnificent piece of writing. The author has skimmed lightly over the true hardships of life in very early settlement in the greater Wellington area, and has shown very little of the lives the pioneers lived. I am not quite sure that her depictions of Maori or Pakeha do either of them justice, but it is a novel after all. Tai Haruru aka Timothy Haslam’s and William's attitude to Maori was not an exception in those very early days, especially for men, while Marianne’s was often quite normal for women. The Wellington area actually got off very lightly during the Land Wars, which were much fiercer further north. The author’s historical timeline and geography are somewhat awry I think.Wellington Harbour (Port Nicholson) is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, but the entrance to the Harbour can be treacherous in bad weather as you will read in the story. Cook Strait, which ships have to navigate to reach the entrance to the Harbour is also a treacherous stretch of water, so it is very easy for me to see Captain O'Hara's difficulties. The passages that deal with that and also the earthquake and its aftermath are very true to life in the "Shaky Isles" and it was not only pioneers who had to deal with them.Wellington was founded by The New Zealand Company, with the first ships carrying settlers and immigrants arriving in January 1840. The settlers worked hard and when Marianne arrives in 1850, there is a thriving town, although primitive by Old World standards, as Marianne makes clear. Later in the story, William and Marianne move to Otago in the South Island and spend some years as sheep farmers before moving to Dunedin, a flourishing town that had been founded as a “Scottish” settlement as the story portrays, predominantly the ‘Free Kirkers’.From Dunedin, William and Marianne migrate back to Guernsey, thereby going full circle.The book finishes on an emotional note until the final two sentences, at which I couldn’t help laughing.This is one of those books that takes you by the heartstrings and doesn’t let go. To say I recommend it seems so small, so banal, but recommend it I do.

  • Nicoleta
    2018-09-23 04:19

    Se numea Marianne cartea în română. Adaptare nu prea inspirată.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-21 04:17

    I love this book mostly for the beauty. Things like tiny, colored shells in a hidden beach-cave with gulls flying over head. The book opens with the mother coaching her two girls who are lying on boards, so marvelous! It's awesome that the book is inspired by a story of two sisters who meet on a rock and kiss, something like that. The contrast between the sisters is amazing to recall, and the way the author created them to be SO real. You could dig and dig and Marguerite would be pure Marguerite, and Marianne would be pure Marianne, all the way to the end. We KNOW them.I've often thought of the ending as "mature." (view spoiler)[ It wasn't the ending we wanted. We wanted William and Marguerite to end up together. But they didn't. William stays with Marianne, unbelievable. But so NOBLE. So COSTLY. Sooooo many times I've thought of Marianne standing on the bow of that ship in New Zealand, just arrived, and of William's seeing her there, and how his friend encouraged him to love THAT woman, to remember how he'd felt THEN, and to build on THAT when he was tempted to leave her. What eternal advice!(hide spoiler)]Marguerite ... "It always gave her quite a shock to see herself in the glass nowadays, for during the last year she had grown quite suddenly to look like a woman. Gone now was the round, fat little Marguerite of the past. She had grown tall and slender, one of those naturally graceful women whose every movement cannot help being one of beauty. Her small head was proudly poised on her long neck, her clear skin flushed with health and tanned by the sun, her hair a riotous mop of natural curls, her eyes ever bluer than they had been in her childhood. Her complete naturalness and her un-self-conscious delight in life shone from her like sunshine. 'Why!' she ejaculated in astonishment, 'I do believe I'm beautiful!' 'Very conceited of you to say so,' said Marianne tartly, thrusting a dainty little foot out of bed. 'Why?" asked Marguerite. 'It's not to my credit if I'm beautiful. The credit is God's, and I like to give credit where it is due.' 'Now you're being irreverent,' said Marianne, feeling for her bedroom slippers. 'Not at all,' said Marguerite. 'I'm being grateful. Thank you, God, for making me beautiful. I give a lot of pleasure.' And she pirouetted round the room, a whirling pillar of blue and white and gold."

  • Saphraneet
    2018-10-02 06:27

    This was a book so unlike any other book I have ever read, and as a result it really made an impact on me. I believe the main theme of the story is how the characters, both the major and the minor, journey to find their own special place (country) in the world. One minor character explained, "Our home, our special country, is for all of us the place where we find liberation; a very difficult word, child, that tries to describe something that can't be described but is the only thing worth having." And in another conversation a main character summarizes what was told her, "I suppose she meant that it is where our souls find it easiest to escape from self, and it seems to me it is that way with us when what is about us echoes the best that we are.... [W]hen I am living in a particular sort of way I say to myself that now I am in my own country. It is when I am living very simply, and rather hardly, and the light is clear and the wind cold and there aren't any lies or subterfuges. When I am there I have a feeling that a door opens out of it into yet another country where my soul has always lived, and that one day I shall find out how to unlock the door." Even the original title of the book, Green Dolphin Country, expresses this thought of a country. I don't know when or why it was changed.The characters are real people with virtues and more predominately, flaws. In their journeying to their individual "country," they do not remain unchanged; they each grow to where their virtues begin to dominate their flaws. So in that way the characters are made "fit" to live in their "Green Dolphin Country" whenever they find it. It reminds me of the lines in "Away in a Manger": "Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with thee there." Only this idea of "Green Dolphin Country" is on this side of heaven. We are to live in His presence with fulfilled lives in our "country" before we die.

  • Jane
    2018-10-09 22:27

    More like 3.5. Although it was a bit old fashioned in tone and prose sometimes bordered on the purple, I enjoyed this novel of the discovery of the true nature of love and of adventure in pioneer New Zealand, from isle of Guernsey and final return. The book spans more than a generation of lives of the same three main characters in the 19th century.After misadventure as a British naval officer, William Ozanne joins the crew of a merchant ship, the Green Dolphin, and settles in New Zealand where he makes a success at the lumber trade. Feeling he can provide for a wife, he sends home for a bride and who should arrive but his love's sister, due to his mistake in the wrong name. The novel shows the growth of each character--the strong though bossy Marianne, the wrong bride; Marguerite, her sister who finds peace in her life; and the feckless William, who sets the whole story in motion.The author did a marvelous job of characterization of everyone, from the three main figures to the "cameos". She admits in her note she may have made mistakes in her version of New Zealand; I felt the Maori uprisings, fire, shipwreck, and earthquake were very well done. Descriptions of the landscapes were a bit effusive but they brought the period to life for me. The author writes in her note: "Although this book is fiction ... it is based on fact. That a man who emigrated to the New World should after the lapse of years write home for a bride and get the wrong one because he had confused her name with that of her sister, may seem to the reader highly improbable; yet it happened. And in real life too the man held his tongue about his mistake and made a good job of his marriage."

  • Terry
    2018-09-23 00:18

    This book introduced me to Elizabeth Goudge. After reading the book, I scoured the library for more by the same author . I was lucky enough to have a mother who also loved reading, and she purchased others. Through Miss Goudge, I so very much! She introduced me to a world I didn't know existed, and I've been a bit of an Anglophile ever since! Goudge's books are notably Christian in outlook, containing such themes as sacrifice, conversion, discipline, healing, and growth through suffering. Her novels, whether realistic, fantasy, or historical, interweave legend and myth and reflect her spirituality and her deep love of England. Whether written for adults or children, the same qualities pervade Miss Goudge's work and are the source of its appeal to readers of all ages, but most especially girls and women. English bungalows and cottages, English gardens (especially if they are Secret), tea in the late afternoons, and "proper" ways of being, doing and saying. The beauty of her word painted pictures in my head of that other life, and through the characters in every book, it rubbed off! I was 12, then 13, 14 and 15 -- now at 60, I still prefer her created world. She said, in 1960, "As this world becomes increasingly ugly, callous and materialistic it needs to be reminded that the old fairy stories are rooted in truth, that imagination is of value, that happy endings do, in fact, occur, and that the blue spring mist that makes an ugly street look beautiful is just as real a thing as the street itself."My favs: "Gentian Hills" and an all time great: "The Scent of Water"

  • Deborah
    2018-09-26 05:04

    A novel about humans as wanderer, lover and saint. It is rare in that it is simple (everyday experiences) and rings true yet reaches the highest quality of philosophical musings. "The visionary is a mystic when his vision mediates to him an actuality beyond the reach of the senses. The philosopher is a mystic when he passes beyond thought to the pure apprehension of truth. The active man is a mystic when he knows his actions to be part of a greater activity." - Evelyn Underhill,Chapter I, What Is Mysticism?, p. 28...confessing that they are pilgrims and strangers on the earth. For they that say these things, do signify that they seek a country. And truly if they had been mindful of that from whence they came out, they had doubtless time to return. But now they desire a better, that is to say, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city. - Epistle to the Hebrews

  • Kelly
    2018-09-25 23:10

    More difficult to read than her other novels, but oh, so worth it. Once again, Goudge's characters come alive, and their lives and struggles are compelling.I found myself praying desperately that I would not be a selfish, manipulative, bitter woman like Marianne. I learned a little bit more about what it means to love my neighbors- especially my husband. I took great satisfaction in the skillfully written dénouement and the redemption of her characters, now my friends. Authors like Elizabeth Goudge make reading worthwhile.

  • Bette
    2018-10-11 03:30

    Absolutely amazing book about two sisters and the man who loves them both. It spans more than fifty years, and at the end you really feel that you've experienced their lives with them. Goudge writes beautiful descriptions of nature and has a real understanding of human frailty. I'm still reeling from the strong emotions the book inspired.

  • Lynn Demsky
    2018-09-20 05:13

    An interesting book about two sisters during the New Zealand settlements with primitive forests the crude very dangerous living in the settlements and the Maori Civil Wars. Sort of along the line of Michener's books --- good!

  • Nan
    2018-10-20 01:17

    Favorite Book!

  • Lori
    2018-10-01 23:05

    Not the typical love story. But simply wonderful, and about love in a much deeper, less conventional way. Very sprititual book. I re-read this book every few years, I love it that much!

  • SusanInSedalia
    2018-10-14 23:24

    More like four and a half.

  • Jenny
    2018-10-20 02:25

    Ughhh couldn't get into it. TOO deep and drawn out

  • Sheila
    2018-10-14 03:24

    I found this book hard to get into at first but I think the fault mine rather than that of the author. I have been unused to reading the classics, which is where I would rate this book and find long passages of description tedious. However, on finishing this book I only wish my descriptions could bring places alive in the same way as Elizabeth Goudge manages to bring alive first the channel islands and then New Zealand.The story follows two families, the Ozannes, especially William and Le Patourel's, Marianne and Marguerite. As children on the island, William is torn between his feelings of love and friendship for both of the girls, Marguerite, a pretty, lively, content child and Marianne, plain but full of ambition and a slightly bitter nature.Through unfortunate circumstances, William ends up in New Zealand in the middle of the nineteenth century, still a rough pioneering land fraught with dangers and difficulties. He decides that he needs a wife and sends for the love of his life, Marguerite. However, in his impetuosity, he writes the wrong name in his letter to Le Patourels, and it is Marianne who comes out to him. The book deals with the complexities of this impetuosity and how it plays out against the tough background of the new country until it finally concludes back in a huge circle at the channel island.

  • Loz
    2018-09-23 00:26

    Man this was a slog. I enjoyed bits of it. Especially the regency romance section of Veronique's story. I liked the light nods to reincarnation and soulmates, I'm a sucker for that, but I also liked that a more logical love was main story, although my god was Marianne hard to tolerate, let alone like, a lot of the time. I wouldn't have been able to believe the main crux of the story if the author hadn't written the little note at the beginning that something like this actually happened.It was well written, but Ms Goudge did get a bit rambling and theological sometimes. I won't write her off though because I adored The Little White Horse and maybe I'll choose something shorter by her next time!I mostly chose though it because some kind soul had left a New Zealand postcard and a photograph of Guernsey dated May 1986 (my wedding month and year of birth!) in there, the main settings of the story.