Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Amazon and Goudge
First, I was asked to explain how bloggers receive credit from Amazon.com again. Whenever you order from Amazon.com, if you click on any book or object within the blogger's Amazon widget (mine is called something like "My Recommendations"), then the blogger receives a small percent of whatever the purchase price is on an order.
It isn't much but it really can add up. I use mine to purchase books and items I normally could not afford. I know some of my blog friends use their credits for homeschooling books.
You are not charged extra at all, it is just something Amazon does as we're encouraging you to shop there with our widgets.... and they truly do offer great service. You don't have to order anything that is shown on the widget, you just have to "enter" Amazon.com by clicking on the widget (although I love the items I've recommended there).
You do have to re-enter Amazon through the widget each time you have completed your order. I hope that helps and hasn't confused you further.
As for Goudge... oh, I am embarrassed to offer much advice as I've only "discovered" her within the past couple of years. Although, I found out she was one of my late mother-in-law's favorite authors. I also wondered where to begin so I e-mailed a couple of my favorite writers and Goudge enthusiasts (who introduced me to her)... Lanier (who has written a lot about Goudge books) and Sarah... who offered advice.
It was suggested I begin with Pilgrim's Inn (called The Herb of Grace in England), which is the second of the Eliot trilogy but is also a "stand alone" novel. I adored the book! I read the first book in the trilogy later, called Bird In the Tree which is also lovely and offers an understanding of the events of Pilgrim's Inn... so I would recommend it. I haven't read, The Heart of the Family, which is the third in the trilogy but Stephanie did and said it didn't add much to the story. I will read it someday just to come full circle.
I do understand the reader who said she didn't care much for The Scent of Water. While it is one of my favorites, I do admit it can be very melancholic and a little Gothic. I think one of the reasons I like it is having lived with a husband who is bipolar now for a very long time and having a sister who was prone to depression. It deals with the subject beautifully.
Speaking of Gothic, at first after I finished The Middle Window, I didn't think I liked it much. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it is a truly Gothic novel with ghosts from the past and such. I think if I knew that to begin with, I'd have enjoyed it and not been rather confused. I don't own it or I would re-read the book, knowing more about what to expect.
I do own but have not read Green Dolphin Street, which if I understand is the only book of hers made into a movie. Personally, I thought the movie dreadfully depressing and then Stephanie told me the book is equally a downer. Right now I need encouragement so it is on the "to read someday maybe" mental list.
My favorite titles? It's a tie between A City of Bells and The Dean's Watch... both of which have become a part of me and my thinking... a sign of truly great literature.... to be read over and over. Although, I would definitely re-read Bird In the Tree and Pilgrim's Inn many times, too... and The Scent of Water so as it would not feel neglected.
Both A City of Bells and The Dean's Watch have story lines which remind me of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, to lovingly mold us and shape us as one would work with fine china to form us into the image of The One Who Created Us.
Stephanie says I have to read I Saw Three Ships, which I plan to see if the library has soon. It is one of her children's books with a Christmas theme.
Do I have a Goudge book I'm coveting to read? Oh, definitely Henerietta's House (aka: The Blue Hills) which is a children's book sequel to A City of Bells. But it cost almost $200 in paperback and nearly $300 in hardback used. I don't want any book that much!
I'd also love to read Towers In the Mist, which is the third of the City of Bells books. I'm hoping I can find it and the above book through inter-library loan.
I have some of her other books on my "Goudge shelf" to read soon... lovely titles just waiting to be delved into perhaps this winter... both fiction and nonfiction. I'll share more about those titles when I read them. I'd love to hear about your favorite Goudge books.
I am so thankful to have bibliophile friends recommend Goudge and D. E. Stevenson's books. They have been lovely additions to my reading.