It’s time for the Literary Blog Hop Giveaway, hosted this month by My Book Self! It’s always such a pleasure to see the wonderful and generous offerings on everyone’s blogs.
This time, in anticipation of the upcoming Elizabeth Goudge Reading Week, I’m excited to be able to offer a brand-new copy of The Dean’s Watch, courtesy of Hendrickson Publishers. I’m so glad that thanks to Hendrickson, several of Goudge’s books (including the Eliot Family trilogy, which I’m reviewing next Friday) are back in print in attractive new paperback editions, and I hope to see more in the future. If you haven’t yet read this wonderful British author, here is a good place to start.
The Dean’s Watch is set in the late nineteenth century in an unnamed cathedral city, which is clearly based on Ely, one of Goudge’s beloved homes during her early life. With its towering presence above the flat fen country, the cathedral dominates the landscape and its history, and becomes a silent character in the story that Goudge weaves around it.
The human characters are equally enchanting: the master clockmaker with a troubled past, the Dean of the cathedral who with difficulty befriends him, and the relatives, friends and neighbors who surround them. In telling their story Goudge creates a rich tapestry of human experience: the joy of craft, the pain of misunderstanding, the hard-won treasure of selflessness. After living through these pages, you will feel that you too have made some very valuable friends, and shared their joys and sorrows.
Out of all her books, this is one of the three that Goudge herself said that she truly loved. Whether you’re the lucky winner or not, I do hope you will consider adding it to your list. And please return to ECBR from April 24 to 30, when we’ll be celebrating Elizabeth Goudge’s many-faceted works. Good luck! This giveaway ends at midnight on April 12, and is open internationally.
Here are links to the other blogs on the Hop. Don’t forget to visit them all!
Review and giveaway copy source: Paperbacks from publisher. No other compensation was received, and all opinions expressed are my own.