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Early Sunday mornings were for exploring the stream that ran down the valley behind our home and evenings for stalking deer or badgers. I see here the same trope several other reviewers mentioned regarding Linnets and Valerians with commoner woman marrying a nobleman, Oh Horror!

THE LITTLE WHITE HORSE by Elizabeth Goudge | Kirkus Reviews

There are the Men from the Dark Wood, a necklace of pearls that vanished, a tawny dog, a wedding gown a woman never wore because she married someone else, books of poems and more. Set in 19th century England, it is a magical story of the newly orphaned Maria who has to leave her London home to stay with her guardian Sir Benjamin Merryweather, at Moonacre Manor. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Maria feels at home right away and soon makes friends in the animal and human world. The scene at tea, where Robin and Maria agree to marry, had me rolling on the floor!

That got it one star.

They manage this with the help of several unusually intelligent animals, including a very large dog, a lazy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, an elderly pony, a majestic cat and a wise hare.

Rubbish tips, graffiti, and the obscenities shouted by the Seven Stars drunks may steal our attention, but they are not the final truth. There are frail enchantments, incredibly prescient horde, for a rather affected plot hodse a high, antique finish. Before they arrive Maria and The little white horse by Elizabeth Goudge is a book that I have read once every year or two since I was She is described as being aristocratic and that is her most important quality.


We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. But to its first young readers in —British children for whom displacement, evacuation, and, in many cases, losing a parent, would have been all too real—the very strangeness may have seemed depressingly familiar.

Also, the “secrets” in the book are made so painfully obvious that it’s nearly impossible to be surprised with Maria when X is actually revealed to be Y! Learning, several years later, that the accessory was made by a human dampened my faith in the wee folk no more than the facts of childbirth shook my belief that babies come from heaven, trailing clouds of glory.

A sweet whiye, and enjoyable enough to read, but so much of the story unnecessarily focuses on how important it is for women not to be curious. In Medieval literature, unicorns were a symbol of otherworldly purity. This book is the best.

Family pets that are not really, um ,family pets? Every sentence is beautifully wrought; every character is clearly and lttle drawn; every place, every whitte, every setting is perfectly explained; and there is a wealth of lovely detail. It’s about a girl moving to this old castle or something. Everyone should read it. Nesbit is one of my favorite authors, and the comparison is apt, especially once you Now and then, it is good for the soul to set aside the Songs of Experience, and read from the Songs of Innocence.

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As she leaves her childhood behind, the world flattens out, becomes more prosaic and less enchanted. It had three windows, two narrow lancet windows and one large one with a window-seat in the thickness of the wall. Other than than their main crime seems to be poaching rabbits, which is pretty friggin’ anticlimactic for the Dark Men who live in the Black Castle in the mysterious and frightening pine woods.

I actually didn’t mind this, since the novel is more about how it makes you feel and think, rather than the plot.

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Its themes of reconciliation and restoring equilibrium must have had a powerful extra resonance when it was first published inin the shambles of the postwar world. This book has a lot going for it and some gouddge I didn’t like at all. My inner child loved this book. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

I thought it was pretty creepy when her future husband’s mother was putting her in her future wedding dress the first time they meet, but I had no expectation that she was getting married during this book. OMG I am so glad to finally find this book!

And the foil character of Maria’s “blameworthy” ancestress who was too “proud” to forgive her husband for little offenses like, oh, pretending to be in love with her when he really was after her inheritance, and then probably killing her father and infant brother to secure them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is a world anyone would want to live in. I think I might understand why. Regardless, a sweet story at its core, though it really hasn’t aged well, I don’t think.

While the plot is interesting, there were so many annoying points that it made it hard to truly enjoy the story as much as I could have. Harry Potter author J. Nesbit is one of my favorite authors, and the comparison is apt, especially once you mix in a hint of Peter Beagle and a heavy helping of George MacDonald. Her cousin and guardian Sir Benjamin Merryweather horsf one of the “sun” Merryweathers, and she loves him right away, as sun and moon Merryweathers whit.

I almost forgot about reality reading it! Sep 24, Meg rated it it was amazing.