Month: April 2015

Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Island Magic (Guest post)

Posted April 30, 2015 by Lory in guest posts / 4 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Island Magic (Guest post)

Readers of Charlotte’s Library know that Charlotte usually (but not exclusively) focuses on middle-grade speculative fiction, with a handy weekly round-up of blog posts in that genre, as well as thorough and thoughtful reviews. Here she takes us in a slightly different direction, with a journey from her childhood reading into her adult experience of […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: An EG Quiz

Posted April 29, 2015 by Lory in events / 4 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: An EG Quiz

I know there are some readers with an encyclopedic knowledge of Elizabeth Goudge out there, while others may have read only one or two books. Wherever you fall on the continuum, here are some questions that may intrigue and amuse you. Thanks so much to the highly knowledgable Jean of Howling Frog Books for helping […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

Posted April 26, 2015 by Lory in giveaways / 19 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: A Visit to Torminster (with Giveaway!)

One of my favorite fictional places to visit is Torminster, Elizabeth Goudge’s version of her birthplace, Wells in Somerset. It’s like Barchester without the cynicism, or Cranford with a poetic and mystical touch. Centered around the Close that surrounds its beautiful cathedral, populated by an enchanting set of characters young and old, saintly and not-so, […]

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Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Introduction

Posted April 24, 2015 by Lory in events / 16 Comments
Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week: Introduction

Welcome to Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week! Whether you are a longtime fan or a new reader of Elizabeth Goudge, I hope you will join us in exploring the many treasures to be found in this beloved author’s books. Sometimes dismissed as sentimental romances or mere “comfort reading,” I believe them at their best to be […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Authors

Posted April 22, 2015 by Lory in lists / 30 Comments
Top Ten Tuesday: All-time Favorite Authors

I couldn’t resist joining in with this week’s TTT after seeing some others’ lists. To help narrow mine down, I limited myself to authors who have written a fair number of books that I have read multiple times over many years and know that I will return to again. This eliminated some childhood favorites and […]

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Words and Pictures: Sister of the Angels

Posted April 20, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 6 Comments
Words and Pictures: Sister of the Angels

“Henrietta suddenly caught her breath. Always it seemed to her quite incredible that men could have made this place; people like herself and Hugh Anthony only bigger; how could they have done it? She looked about her. The massive pillars of the nave were so tall that they seemed to be lifting up the soaring […]

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For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Posted April 17, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
For Love and Money: Doctor Thorne

Anthony Trollope, Doctor Thorne (1858) Illustration by Millais, found here. In the third of his Barsetshire Chronicles, Trollope departs from the clerical characters and themes that occupied him in the first two volumes, and takes a look at another segment of Barset society. The novel introduces us to a once-wealthy squire who is down on […]

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