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A born and bred Londoner Mary Lindsay enjoys her prestigious city life But when her father's elderly cousin dies Mary inherits h I remember my mother guiding me when I made the transition from junior to senior member of the library I remember four authors she steered me towards Agatha Christie Daphne Du Maurier Mary Stewart and Elizabeth GoudgeThe first two I read then loved then and still love now The third I didn t read until recently when her books were reissued and I found that I loved her tooThat just left Elizabeth Goudge She didn t appeal to me at all back in the day and I must confess that when she fell out of fashion and her books disappeared from the shelves I forgot all about her I can t remember where I found her again but I m sure it s either a book blogger or a LibraryThing member I should be thankingThe library offered a range of titles not on the shelves but tucked away in the fiction reserve and The Scent of Water caught my eyeIt tells the story of Mary Lambert a middle aged teacher who uite unexpectedly inherited a country house from a distant cousinThough the two had shared a name they met only once Mary s father took her on a visit when she was still very young An ivory coach you see Mary whispered her cousin it s no bigger than a hazelnut but it s all there the horses and the coachmen and ueen Mab herself inside Do you see her inside Mary nodded speechlessly She could see the fairy figure with the star in her hair and the tiny delicate features of the child like face It did not occur to her that human hands could possibly have made the ueen and her coach for she seemed as timeless as Cousin Mary herself They had always lived her in this world inside the picture and they always would Mary saw her inheritance as a sign that she should change her life She moved to the country and her cousin s home became hers She found a new way of life a new place in the world and she found time to thinkThat allowed her to come to terms with memories of her wartime romance with a naval officer who had been killed just days before they would have been marriedHer story opens out to catch the stories of her new neighbours A contented elderly couple whose peace was disturbed by their beloved son An author who was coping with the loss of his sight rather better than his wife A couple whose way of life was threatened Children accustomed to having possession of the old woman s garden and wary of the new arrivalMary found her cousin s diaries and she learned her story too Why she had chosen to live alone why she had become distant from her family and her neighbours what she had coped with and how she had copedThis is a uiet story but it is so well drawn the people the places the situations all utterly real And it is a story enriched by lovely descriptions and by true emotional and spiritual understandingA book to read slowly so that you can be drawn into that world so that you can appreciate everything that is there and so that you can appreciate that understandingI wouldn t have appreciated this in my early days in the adult library but I do appreciate it nowThe right book at the right timeAnd that s four out of four to my motherThough she is fallible She told me that Barbara Pym was dull and that she had only kept her copy of I Capture The Castle because it had been a gift it wasn t very good

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The Scent of Water

Er country home and makes an uncharacteristically sudden decision to leave London As she gradually comes to understand herself h Recommended by my friend Deborah I liked this book for several reasons It was set in England and felt like something I might see on PBS starring Judi Dench But than that the book was very contemplative It was filled with scenes where the characters especially the main character but others too stopped in the midst of everyday life and really paid attention to the moment the light smells colors of their natural surroundings etc It reminded me of haiku mind a frame of mind that is open to the beauty and mystery that is always there I don t normally read Christian or Inspirational fiction and although this was classified in that way it wasn t heavy handed The Inspirational part simply comes from being in the moment which is where God is Here is an example of a passage that I liked They are than themselves and when the wonder grows in me I am than myself Whenever I am conscious of this than ourselves I remember the old man in the garden at home looking at the butterflies in the buddleia tree and how the butterflies seemed to shine on his face or something in him shone on the butterflies I didn t know which p 213I also want to remember and ponder the three prayers that the funny little man who looked at the butterflies described to Mary the writer of the diary He told her My dear love your God is a trinity There are three necessary prayers and they have three words each They are these Lord have mercy Thee I adore Into thy hands Not difficult to remember If in times of distress you hold to these you will do well p 94Her handling of the theme which was also the title the scent of water was also good Goudge weaves it throughout the book relating it to the situation of each of the characters One of the characters a troubled business man remembers hanging over the edge of the well and breathing in the cool scent of the water when he was a child The scent of water He had forgotten there was such a thing Perhaps only children were aware of it 136

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Er deceased relative and the people of Appleshaw will she also discover love's redemptive power pages softcover from Hendrickson Beautiful poetic deeply spiritual This seemingly simple old fashioned story is brimming with insight and wisdom and numerous wonderful soul touching uotes Easily the most moving profound book of fiction I have ever read This is one to cherish and revisit A true masterpiece What is the scent of waterRenewal The goodness of God coming down like dew


10 thoughts on “The Scent of Water

  1. says:

    This uiet story of a woman who moves to a small English village around 1960 is such a lovely insightful and inspirational novel Elizabeth Goudge who also wrote The Dean's Watch is an author who deserves to be rememberedMary Lindsay a fiftyish Londoner who never married her fiancé was killed in WWII unexpectedly inherits a country house from her father's cousin an older woman also named Mary Lindsay who the younger Mary had met on

  2. says:

    I remember my mother guiding me when I made the transition from junior to senior member of the library I remember four authors she steered me towards Agatha Christie Daphne Du Maurier Mary Stewart and Elizabeth GoudgeThe first two I read then loved then and still love now The third I didn’t read until recently when her b

  3. says:

    This book was such a joy It filled my mind with clarity and uiet pleasure like a spring bubbling up in a still wood While resonant with life the story begins with a death and one that is something of a mercy as many deaths in old age are With her last breaths the dying woman said something about sailing out on living water

  4. says:

    Recommended by my friend Deborah I liked this book for several reasons It was set in England and felt like something I might see on PBS starring Judi Dench But than that the book was very contemplative It was filled with scenes where the characters especially the main character but others too stopped in the midst of everyday life

  5. says:

    Re read I love this book with my whole heart It's not at all the sort of thing you'd think I'd adore inasmuch as it's not only steeped in Christianity it's actually a proselytizing vehicle Still it's one of my all time favoritesThe writing i

  6. says:

    I love this author and this book was a lovely re read The central figures the village life the children it all filled my heart and was a blessing each day that I read it I think it is a book that speaks deeply and elouently to me in age than it did in youth I read it and slowly as I did not want it to end Very highly recommended especially for those who can appreciate books from the earlier 20th century Ms Goudge has a m

  7. says:

    While reading this book I kept thinking about what an amazing mentor Elizabeth Goudge would have made—not necessarily as a writer though she’s a competent storyteller but as a follower of Christ The Scent of Water is studded with bits of wisdom and spiritual insight that infuse the whole making it greater than the sum of its parts It’s also one of the few novels that have gotten under my skin deeply enough to provoke chan

  8. says:

    Beautiful poetic deeply spiritual This seemingly simple old fashioned story is brimming with insight and wisdom and numerous wonderful soul touching uotes Easily the most moving profound book of fiction I have ever read This is one to cherish and revisit A true masterpiece What is the scent of waterRenewal The goodness of God coming down like dew

  9. says:

    It's probably been well over two decades since I read this book and I remembered absolutely nothing about it except the fee

  10. says:

    Apparently The Scent of Water is one of Goudges' best known works Delving into it I see why It’s simply wonderfulOn the surface it’s about a woman who inherits an old little cottage in a village in rural England and go

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