The Heart of the Family

The Heart of the Family

Elizabeth Goudge / Jun 01, 2020

The Heart of the Family In this unusual story of a family and the strangers it takes to its heart Elizabeth Goudge reintroduces us to the Eliots a clan we grow to love and cherish The author s exquisite portrayal of childr

  • Title: The Heart of the Family
  • Author: Elizabeth Goudge
  • ISBN: 9780892838349
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this unusual story of a family and the strangers it takes to its heart, Elizabeth Goudge reintroduces us to the Eliots, a clan we grow to love and cherish The author s exquisite portrayal of children, grownups, animals and the English countryside gives it the refreshing charm for which she is famous Library Journal A sequel to PILGRIM S INN, THE HEART OF THE FAMILIn this unusual story of a family and the strangers it takes to its heart, Elizabeth Goudge reintroduces us to the Eliots, a clan we grow to love and cherish The author s exquisite portrayal of children, grownups, animals and the English countryside gives it the refreshing charm for which she is famous Library Journal A sequel to PILGRIM S INN, THE HEART OF THE FAMILY is the third in Goudge s trilogy about the Eliot family.

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      • Elizabeth Goudge

        Elizabeth Goudge was an English author of romance novels, short stories and children s books.Elizabeth de Beauchamp Goudge was born on 24 April 1900 in the cathedral city of Wells, she moved with her family to Ely when her father, a clergyman, was transferred there When her father, Henry Leighton Goudge, was made Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, the family left Ely and went to Christ Church, Oxford.Goudge s first book, The Fairies Baby and Other Stories 1919 , was a failure and it was several years before she authored Island Magic 1934 , which is based on Channel Island stories, many of which she had learned from her mother, who was from Guernsey.Goudge was awarded the Carnegie Medal for The Little White Horse 1946 , the book which J K Rowling, author of the Harry Potter stories, has said was her favorite as a child The television mini series Moonacre was based on The Little White Horse Her Green Dolphin Country 1944 was made into a film under its American title, Green Dolphin Street which won the Academy Award for Special Effects in 1948.A Diary of Prayer 1966 was one of Goudge s last works She spent her last years in her cottage on Peppard Common, just outside Henley on Thames, where a blue plaque was unveiled in 2008.


    1. I love Elizabeth Goudge. Whenever I pick up one of her novels my heart rate slows and peace enters my world. Her language is beautiful, the description of nature and its effect on people transports me to a more beautiful place. She asks some of the deep questions; Is love stronger than hatred? How does the love between family members strengthen or smother? Where do we find the courage to do what is right? How do we help one another in the deepest, most eternal way?This is the third book of the E [...]

    2. "The Heart of the Family" is the third and last volume of the Eliot Family trilogy. I wish there were three more! This book continues the story of Lucilla Eliot and her family and focuses mainly on David, Lucilla's grandson, his wife Sally and their two children.Sebastian Weber has a lot to recover from. He has lost everything in the war; his family, his health, and his emotional well-being. Recovering from his incarceration in a concentration camp, Sebastian is really not a healthy guy and then [...]

    3. I started this and had a hard time getting into ite main character is VERY introspective and working through bitterness/depression and it was hard for me to read.

    4. If you enjoyed Pilgrim's Inn (the second book of the Trilogy), you don't really need to read this book to find out what happened next, because not much happened next. A lot of the book takes place on one summer afternoon in the woods, a bit like Goudge's Henrietta's House although without the literally magic bits--the supernatural here is more towards the theological and philosophical. If you are in the mood for wandering through Knyghtwood and listening to what's on the mind of Goudge and her c [...]

    5. Heart of the Family is the last in the series of books featuring the Eliot family. The Eliot children have grownup and are starting to find their own path, learning that grownup decisions are not always easy. The reader finds David returning after a tour in America with Sebastian in tow and morning a forbidden love affair. Goudge introduces us to Sebastian who has lost his family in the war and who has developed an uncomfortably mysterious bond with David. This book though well written was my le [...]

    6. Really like her writing style and descriptions. Great insight into the way people think, but she gives her characters too much wisdom and insight, almost a clairvoyance that's not believable. Not a fast-moving plot, but a book to be savored in quiet times.

    7. I had not realized this book would be more about internal character changes than actual plot. It begins slowly, and moves its focus from person to person enough to intrigue you, but not to slow you down.I think I surprised myself by liking this.

    8. A bit slower-moving than the other Damerosehay books, but lovely. Nice closure on the life of Lucilla - lovely, real, and sympathetic figure, now that I am a bit closer to her age than the first time I read this book. :D"That, she remembered, had always been Lucilla's way. One worked from the outside in. One compelled feeling by action, slowly and laboriously by one act of self-denial after another, instead of allowing feeling to control action.""At one time I traveled a great deal, and I tried [...]

    9. Years after first reading and loving Pilgrim's Inn, I was delighted to find out that there was a sequel: The Heart of the Family. Unfortunately, The Heart of the Family lacks the magic and coziness of the previous book. Its message seems to be that if you're not suffering enough, you need to try harder. This is mid-20th-century literary Christianity at its most twisted. One character, Sally Eliot actually believes that her (justified!) terror of childbirth is a gift from God, allowing her to fee [...]

    10. Sadly a let down after the first two books in this trilogy. I was thoroughly enjoying the first 75% of this book and two characters in particular fell flat. We were presented with two trials they were going through at the beginning and I felt their problems weren't explained enough nor were they truly resolved. I really hated being disappointed at the end of this trilogy and were it not for the beautiful writing I would have given this two stars.

    11. The third Eliot book several years after Pilgrim's Inn. David and Sally are expecting their third child, David returns from a tour in America bringing a broken-down survivor of the concentration camps home as his secretary. Sebastian finds peace from the horrors of his past years during his days with the Eliot family after a surprising revelation from David.

    12. Dreamy writing. Deep insights. Damerosehay must be beckoning. I have only recently discovered Elizabeth Goudge writing and have been savouring the Elliot trilogy. Worth reading but take your time so that you don't miss the gems of wisdom.

    13. Final book in the 'Eliots of Damerosehay' trilogy.More philosophical and mystical than the previous two books in the series. Sebastian, deeply traumatized by war, comes to work in the family home. Moving in places and encouraging about the future. Long-winded but worth persevering.

    14. A very nice book. I think it is definitely one for the those who enjoy intelligent reading. A lot of musings in this book.

    15. I love the grace and depth of Elizabeth Goudge's writing, and this series most of all. Multiple rereads only increase the enjoyment

    16. I enjoyed it, though I felt it didn't really have a strong plot. More of a get to know each character more in depth and farther down the road of time. Pretty philosophical too.

    17. [This is Book #3.] The Eliots of Damerosehay series was my very first experience with E. Goudge novels. What a delightful series full of real people and grand vocabulary.

    18. Well as much as I live Elizabeth Goudge, I did not care for this book. I would have been content with the last book being Pilgrim's Inn. I would have been more interested in finding out more about Ben and Carolyn and the Twins than reading about Sebastian. This book also made me not like David, since he was having an affair and made Sally unhappy (again). Pilgrim's Inn ended well and I almost wish I wouldn't have read the 3rd novel in the series.

    19. This third book in the series lacks some of the plot momentum of the first two books. Grandson, David, meets a man while touring in the USA and brings him back to England to his grandmother's home to re-adjust to losses incurred during the war. The characters are all wrapped up in various forms of love, respect and caring.

    20. This hasn't been my favorite EG series, and this third one was the most difficult for me to enjoy. There were some beautiful moments, but overall the angst and introspection just weren't my thing.

    21. Third in the Elliot Family Trilogy, and though a little slow and not my favorite of the three, a satisfying ending to the saga. Elizabeth Goudge is one of my favorite writers of adult fiction.

    22. I picked The Heart of the Family up at a thrift store over Christmas and left it at my parents' house in case I ever wanted a peaceful read while visiting. Three months later I was back because my dad died suddenly, and I picked it up to give my mind somewhere else to go now and then during my stay.Immediately upon picking the book up, I had the comforting feeling I used to have as a child when I'd find some completely unknown treasure of a book in the school library. Part of the reason I felt t [...]

    23. After I wrote about the first Eliots of Damerosehay book, I realized that it sounded a bit like a romance novel. But it isn't--none of these books are. They are in a genre unlike most of today's novels. I suppose I'd call them books about people and their personalities and temperaments and how they interact, with some Christianity and prayer thrown in. Psychological portraits? Because the overall plots seem thin: people face temptation to run away together. People buy an old pilgrim's inn and fi [...]

    24. The last of the Eliot trilogy. I was expecting some kind of tragedy to spice things up but nothing like that happened and things trucked on at what seemed like an "in real life" pace. Is there some point where character development and/or describing someone's most intimate feelings starts to ring false? Like a "does anyone think or act like that?" moment? Yeah, that's how this book was starting to feel. Not sure that I'll read anymore Elizabeth Goudge. Might just stick with my faves

    25. Oh, dear. I do love Elizabeth Goudge, but by book three of the Damerosehay saga, I was bogged down. This one dragged along, and the long metaphysical bits were re-hashes from the first two books - nothing new, just repeated in a slightly different setting. Goudge's philosophy is sound as a bell, but, like a bell, it can get repetitive.

    26. Though a great work of art, a grand thinking novel, a good winter-read, it lacked the finality I was looking for in the last book of a great series. I suppose I was hoping for a little more "happily-ever-after" than Elizabeth Goudge could allow in her very realistic, true-to-life novel. Still, it was an excellent book which I'd definitely recommend.~Kellyn Roth

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