The Rosemary Tree
|by Elizabeth Goudge|
| Retail: $14.95|
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Pub Date: March 2015
Item Number: 706279
In the raw aftermath of World War II, the Wentworth family faces fundamental questions about living together and loving each other despite their differences. John Wentworth, a country vicar caught between leading his family and his church, is far less ineffectual than he feels himself to be. His wife Daphne hardly realizes how much she loves her exasperating husband. While John’s great aunt lives in the dilapidated family manor house, their three daughters attend a dysfunctional school, captive among embattled staff. Harriet, John’s aging former nanny, holds the family together through her love and empathy.
When Michael Stone returns to town, recently released from prison and unwittingly discovering his former flame, he disrupts the lives of all—including his own. But it could be just the disturbance the family needs to break free from their prisons, as they begin to discover how life can be transformed by second chances.
With her characteristic lyricism, Elizabeth Goudge explores the dynamics of ordinary human existence. Her writing guides us to see the beauty in our social and spiritual lives.
Elizabeth Goudge was a British novelist (1900–1984) born into the home of an Anglican priest and theologian. She wrote children’s books as well as novels—her Green Dolphin Street was made into an Academy-Award winning film. In style and themes she parallels English writers such as the creator of the Miss Read series as well mirroring the spiritual depth found in George MacDonald’s Victorian novels. She won the Carnegie Award in 1947 for The Little White Horse, which is J. K. Rowling’s favorite children’s book.