The Scent of Water
"A captivating story filled with English charm, luminous wisdom, and astounding spiritual insight"
Goudge's singular gift is the depth and insight she brings to her characters. Mary Lindsay is a born and bred Londoner who has enjoyed her city life--a prestigious job, and friends with whom she takes in the city pleasures of theatre, art and music. But fleeting memories of a childhood visit to her father's elderly cousin out in the country are revived with the news that the woman has willed her home, the Laurels, to Mary. She makes an uncharacteristically sudden and life-changing decision to leave London for the country. The gradual unfolding of her understanding of herself, of the now-deceased woman who has bequeathed her home to Mary, and of the people of Appleshaw, all weave together in a most memorable story of love's redemptive power.
"It's hard to describe this lovely, enchanting book. It's one of my favorite books and I periodically reread it. It has lovely descriptions of Nature and is a story about the most sacred mystery there is: Love, all kinds of Love. This is probably one of the most life-affirming books I have ever read."
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Review: The Scent of WaterUser Review - Susan - Goodreads
On my first reading, as a teenager, I was captivated by Mary and by the whole village! Such a weaving of emotion and history, growth and change, people and places and pets and faith. I always ... Read full review
Review: The Scent of WaterUser Review - Penelope Wallace - Goodreads
This is a good book, although I was not convinced by the character or conversion of nasty Valerie. I did like the 3 prayers - Thee I adore, Into Thy hands, Lord have mercy. Generally I sometimes feel I do not have a deep or sensitive enough soul for Elizabeth Goudge. Read full review