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@Read Epub ⛈ Henrietta's House ½ A Magical Mystery TourToday Is Hugh Anthony S Birthday Party, And He S Celebrating With The People He Loves Best, Young And Old Alike The Day Begins With A Wish And Ends With A Revelation As Each Of The Partygoers Ventures Into An Enchanted Forest Where Legend Becomes Reality And Their Wildest Dreams Come True An Innocent Birthday Picnic Becomes The Adventure Of A Lifetime And No One Will Ever Be The Same Again A whimsical story, featuring adventure, very old gentlemen, books, underground caves and rivers, and a delightful surprise for a very loving girl Henrietta is ten, her adopted brother Hugh Anthony about to celebrate his birthday However most of the characters in the book are adults, the majority quite elderly It s a children s book, but I don t know many children nowadays who would appreciate it, other than, perhaps, voracious and eclectic readers of between about nine and twelve However, for adults who like Goudge s writing, steeped in history and cathedral culture, it s a pleasant book It s set entirely in the real world despite some bizarre circumstances and coincidences I read it in just a couple of days, and would give it three and a half stars if that were possible. This is a re reading of one of the Torminster trilogy about Henrietta Hugh Anthony who live with their grandparents in the cathedral close Most of the events take place on a single summer day when a large party leaves to go on a picnic to celebrate Hugh Anthony s birthday I love the way Elizabeth Goudge comfortably entwines the spiritual down to earth aspects of life Grandfather lectures the stranger who claims there is no paradise, or heaven, but Henrietta gets her dream house, too, rich in satisfying domestic detail, from ornaments in the drawing room to dishes in the kitchen, clothes accessories a red wicker laundry basket in the bathroom to put them in when she wants to change This dreaming day is one when nearly all the invited guests have adventures, explore secret places find out about themselves others It may be my favorite of the three The others are Sister of the Angels City of Bells.
It wouldn t do for me not to read at least one Elizabeth Goudge book this year This was a short but delightful read, just the spoonful of beauty, charm, and whimsy that I needed It s a book about the very young and the very old, and having a good and humble heart I enjoy how the story infuses real life with a fairy tale feel, reminding us that the presence of virtue and paradise in this world show the reality of Heaven As always with Goudge s novels, Henrietta s House tells a layered story where the plot and many of the characters have a double or sometimes triple meaning and function For example, Henrietta is herself, a sweet little girl in the early 1900s, but she also takes on the role of the little girls in fairy tales in this modern day, real life fairy tale Most of the action takes place in one day young Hugh Anthony s birthday but it s a day full of surprises and mystery where hearts are changed and wishes come true. I loved this book I had no idea of what it would be like, as it was another one off my shelves It is a magical tale of two children and a number of adults adventures and the way they change It is thoughtful, gently humorous, and very satisfying Maybe it is a children s book but it is one I ll keep and reread.