The Rosemary Tree, by Elizabeth Goudge
I have all these books I want to post about, and really there are a couple of others that should come first, but I want to return Rosemary Tree to the library today, since it's an ILL. So here we go.
Some time ago, some blogger (who it was I no longer know) put The Rosemary Tree on a list of her own personal life-changing books. I really like Elizabeth Goudge a lot, and I had not heard of this title, so I put it on my wishlist and eventually got around to ILLing it. It reminds me very much of the Eliot chronicles, being a story with a lot of different people, all connected.
We have John and Daphne, a married couple who need to connect better, their three daughters (each with her own story), the girls' school teachers, Daphne's former fiance (fresh out of prison), a great-aunt who lives on a small estate, and John's old nanny. All of their stories intertwine to produce a really lovely novel about second chances that uplifts but is never sticky or saccharine. I don't know that anyone could write novels like this anymore.
Someday when I'm rich, I will collect Elizabeth Goudge books.