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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Pub Co (May 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1417990481
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417990481
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,438,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on April 24th 1900 in Wells, Somerset, where her father was Principal of Wells Theological College. Although she had privately intended writing as a career, her parents insisted she taught handicrafts in Oxford. She began writing in her spare time and her first novel ISLAND MAGIC, set in Guernsey, was a great success here and in America. GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY (1944) projected her to fame, netting a Literary Guild Award and a special prize of GBP30,000 from Louis B. Mayer of MGM before being filmed. In her later years Elizabeth Goudge settled in Henley-on-Thames. She died on April 1st, 1984. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It's a great read for anybody from teenagers on up.
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This is a timeless story of love, children's progression into adulthood, and finding parts of the past that have been lost.
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Her characters and scenes are so finely and beautifully drawn--she is a writer of the first magnitude.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JenT on April 5, 2012
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The book was not one of Goudges' best works. It was a bit on the dark side in the beginning but it improved and in the end I was happy with it. What I was not happy with was Amazon's conversion into Kindle format. It was basically scanned and put into their format with no editing or correction of optical recognition errors. There were words that were converted wrong and formatting was screwed up all throughout. It made the book more difficult to read.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stardustfawn on April 5, 2012
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As always with Elizabeth Goudge, this was a wonderful book. In fact one of my favorites from her collection. I gave it 5 stars but must warn you that it is full of typos. "f"and "r" get mixed up frequently and there are other examples. Beginnings of sentences sometimes have the word expanded to something that is nonsense. I wish that the persons who copied this book had also proofread it. So disappointed that they did not. Other than that, I love the book and hope to read it again, but this time in hard cover where I can see what she really meant to write. Right now there are only two of her books available for Kindle. I hope to see more soon.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Carroll on August 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth Goudge is my favorite author. In this book she combines history and all the many types of love ( love for God, selfless love, romance, etc.) to make a book that I just hated to leave! It takes place in Cornwall, but also takes us to France, to see the devastation in the wake of the French Revolution from the eyes of two people. I felt like I was there!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Gough on November 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Goudge in the Time of Nelson and Napoleon

In a Note at the start of "Gentian Hill", Elizabeth Goudge explains that this novel is a retelling of the legend of St Michael's Chapel at Torquay, on the south-west coast of England. The chapel was a place of pilgrimage for any Roman Catholic sailors whose boats anchored in Torbay. She briefly names a village, and a nearby hill which are used, with fictional names, as key locations in the novel. From shreds of place, history, and legend, Goudge creates a vast tapestry of character, events, and epic, romantic themes.

A young Catholic English aristocrat, Anthony, orphaned by the guillotines of the French Revolution, raised too delicately by a doting grandmother, sent to be a midshipman in the Royal Navy, deserts his ship, and takes on a new identity, Zachary, near Gentian Hill.

A younger girl, Stella, orphaned by a ship-board explosion at Plymouth, and raised by a country farming couple, wears a locket, with a handwritten Shakespearean quote.

Boy meets girl. Things are not what they seem. There are dark forces haunting them, and mid-way through the story, the boy is revealed to be a deserter. He returns to the Navy, and eventually fights at the Battle of Trafalgar. Stella has a second-sense, and in a vision is present with Anthony-Zachary during the battle.

Much else happens. There is a local kind-hearted doctor, a parish Anglican priest, a Catholic Abbe, with a dark sorrow of his own.

All of these rich threads weave steadily together: the teenage love matures into adult marriage, and the revelations of lost identities and connections. As is so often the case with Goudge's novels, the astute reader can guess what will happen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By kwillspen on May 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thirty years after reading this book when I was 18, the scenes between Zachary and Stella are still with me. I've carried a tattered copy with me for those thirty years through dozens of moves and nearly lost it when a puppy got hold of it and ripped the cover off, but the book is timeless for lovers of teenage romance and historical fiction. This book made far more sense to me than "A Tale of Two Cities," and I'll never understand why it didn't become a classic. It is, by far, the best story I ever read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Broyles on March 18, 2011
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It puzzles me that Green Dolphin Street should have been Goudge's most popular novel, when books like this one sparkle among her works. I have never read anything of Goudge's that I did not like; however, this may well be my favorite of all her work (I am torn between this one and The Dean's Watch).

Goudge does a superb job of showing how suffering can positively transform a life and, through the grace of God, inform the work for which that life was, perhaps, intended. This book does all of that; and it condenses the themes of Grace, Mercy, and Redemption into a single note - or gem, shining brightly in the mind long after the reading is finished.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Suzyscone on January 27, 2013
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Elizabeth Goudge is one of my favorite writers.She is mystical and poetic, has a wonderful sense that there is another reality that intersects with ours, but it will only be noticed by those seeking it. Her characters are very normal in having character flaws, but through the action of grace, they are generally able to over-come these failings and rise above them, often through self-sacrifice, but always through deep self-awareness and humility. She has a wonderful connection with the spiritual and the other-worldly. I highly recommend anything written by Ms Goudge.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Norie on August 1, 2013
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Elizabeth Goudge's writing conveys readers to a sultry summer day or balmy moonlit evening with poetical descriptions. Her stories are filled with well-developed characters and interesting stories, and Gentian Hill is another example of her skill. If you enjoy being lifted to the place and time the words portray without irritating grammatical and spelling mistakes, avoid the Kindle issue of Gentian Hill. The large number of mistakes take away much of the pleasure one receives while reading, as there are many blunders, such as 'light' instead of 'fight' and 'Hung" (which is always printed with a capital H) instead of 'flung', both used frequently, making it obvious that no one proofread this edition. The story of Stella and Zachary deserves better than the bungled job presented by Kindle, but please read this wonderful tale of love, kindness, and hope.
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