|Not the right book, but it's excerpted.|
I really like Elizabeth Goudge; I wish my library had more of her books. And a couple of the ones it does have are anthologies of bits taken out of larger books. This is one of them, but there were at least some stand-alone stories as well.
There were two short stories, several excerpts from longer novels, and one account of the birth of Christ that seems to be taken from a longer work (perhaps for older children?) that probably covered the entire life of Christ. The short stories were very nice, and I admit that I skipped some of the excerpts if it seemed like they wouldn't make enough sense, but I read some of them too--I quite enjoyed the ones from City of Bells and Pilgrim's Inn, which I've read. Then the story of Jesus' birth was very well-done; I'd let my kids read it.
Some are funny, some are melancholy, most revolve around the lives of churchpeople (rather like Barsetshire books that way). Though the excerpts annoy me a bit, I can see where if you were a big Goudge fan and had already read all of her books, you'd love to be able to visit your favorite Christmas scenes.
This was a lovely book to read at the beginning of the Christmas season.