The Scent of Water

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Hendrickson Publishers, Oct 1, 2011 - Fiction - 306 pages
82 Reviews

"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.

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"I am not a person who re-reads books, but this is one that I feel the need to read again on a regular basis. I wish this would be published again so I could share it with more people. Just reading the book felt like someone had given me a special gift."

"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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Always enjoyed the gentle pace of Elizabeth Goudge - Goodreads
Ms. Goudge has a lyrical quality to her writing. - Goodreads
There is a lot of insight in this book. - Goodreads
Her writing is both beautiful and deeply thoughtful. - Goodreads

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User 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

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User 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

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About the author (2011)

Elizabeth Goudge was a British novelist (1900-1984) born into the home of an Anglican priest and theologian. She wrote children's books as well as novels--her "Green Dolphin Street" was made into an Academy-Award winning film. In style and themes she parallels English writers such as the creator of the Miss Read series as well mirroring the spiritual depth found in George MacDonald's Victorian novels. She won the Carnegie Award in 1947 for "The Little White Horse," which is J. K. Rowling's favorite children's book.

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