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Island Magic A lonely wanderer A magical island And Two People Bewitched By Love The Channel Islands were divided in allegiance between France and England Of French blood and yet subjects of Queen Victoria the i

  • Title: Island Magic
  • Author: Elizabeth Goudge
  • ISBN: 9780854560929
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Island Magic By Elizabeth Goudge, A lonely wanderer A magical island And Two People Bewitched By Love.The Channel Islands were divided in allegiance between France and England Of French blood, and yet subjects of Queen Victoria, the islanders were curious hybrid creatures But now, in 1888, England is slowly stretching out her arms to them.Colin du Frocq is eight years old, and his dreams are ofA lonely wanderer A magical island And Two People Bewitched By Love.The Channel Islands were divided in allegiance between France and England Of French blood, and yet subjects of Queen Victoria, the islanders were curious hybrid creatures But now, in 1888, England is slowly stretching out her arms to them.Colin du Frocq is eight years old, and his dreams are of the sea that surrounds his home By day he steals away and takes to the sea in any boat that is sailing At night he lies in bed listening to the waves beating against the shore Then one night, in a wild storm, a ship drives onto the nearby cliffs and a strange man enters Colin s life, changing Colin s course forever.A twist of fate brought Ranulph back to a springtime place that had forgotten him A proud and beautiful woman offered him refuge, even though she did not understand why, as she trembled before his gaze.Now Ranulph could feel the spell of the Island twisting around him, binding him to the world of love and companionship he had rejected forever.A storm wracked sea had brought him home It was the magnificent fury of another storm that taught him the splendor of life and the power of love.

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    1. Ranulph is one of the survivors of a shipwreck, rescued by the inhabitants of one of the Islands off the coast of France and England He is invited by Rachell Du Frocq to spend his recovery time at their farm Why would Rachell invite a complete stranger into her busy life after all she has a husband, five children, a servant and a farm to manage This part of the story is one example of the magic Goudge weaves into her novels In Rachell s case, she has had a seeing what we today might call a premo [...]

    2. Her first book and I think you can tell It s has all the ingredients of what makes her books so lovely but she hasn t quite mastered the art yet worth reading because it s Goudge but not quite as gripping as her others says the critic who has never written anything worth publishing

    3. The setting is St Pierre, the capital of Guernsey, a channel island between England and France Island Magic quenches two of my current fascinations island culture and late 19th century rural life Andr and Rachell du Frocq, with their five children, are barely eeking out a living on a farm called Bon Repos Good Rest or, as I like to translate it, Sweet Tranquility , a place that comes with a benediction written on stone outside the farmhouse Harbour and good rest to those who enter here, courage [...]

    4. Rachell and Andr are the proud parents of five high spirited children Their lives, though, are not peaches and cream The year is 1888 and they live on a run down farm in the town of St Pierre, on one of the Channel Islands between England and the coast of Normandy Their sixteen year marriage has been tried by fire as they ve buried three babies and used up all of Rachell s inheritance to keep the farm going When a shipwrecked man is brought to the island, Rachell immediately takes him in, sensin [...]

    5. The rather lurid cover art and copy on the mass market paperback copy made me hesitate, but I m glad I added it to my stack to purchase in a used bookshop This is the second book by Elizabeth Goudge I ve read A friend sent Green Dolphin Street to me last year and I was simply enchanted by that story This one wasn t as good, but it was still delightful I love her interesting characters and her vivid, lush descriptions Perhaps a bit old fashioned, but lovely to immerse yourself in The written equi [...]

    6. Elizabeth Goudge s maternal ancestors lived in Guernsey, the island referred to in the title I read this novel many years ago and was intrigued by Rachell and Andre du Frocq s children, each of whom spring to life from the page Eight year old Colin who adores his mother and buys sweets for her from a forbidden stall, and his four sisters each, with distinct personalities The descriptions of the island are so beautiful that I wept when I first read the novel Re reading it I am entranced by the po [...]

    7. As titles of books are meant to capture the essence of a novel, this book title hits its mark There is most certainly something magic, in an ethereal way, about the island where the novel is set The reader is slowly brought into the center of a family by entering the existential anxieties and joys of each member Truly, you will walk a mile in their shoes and be able to see each character as a human being, with their flaws and their strengths Goudge uses words like a painter works with oils Sente [...]

    8. By the end, I was disappointed in the author s treatment of the mother character, Rachell She didn t remain true to character I wanted her to be unwaveringly faithful to her husband and family I love the children s characters throughout and found their treatment by the author satisfyingly appropriate for the most part The Grandpapa was a person of importance who helped wound and alienate the family I felt like I knew very well what it would have been like to live in their family, in their town, [...]

    9. A really sweet story The descriptions of the island s topography, buildings, gardens weather, which are leisurely in Victorian style, are just delicious I have started fantasizing about identifying visiting this island, which lies between France England But it s probably fictional sigh.I really like the way the point of view keeps shifting among the characters, including all five children of the du Frocq family occasionally the servants.The reader has to accept some pretty huge improbabilities, [...]

    10. I loved this book This was the second Elizabeth Goudge book I have read Again I am completely amazed at the charm in her writing It is eloquent, yet not frivolous After reading The Little White Horse, I expected this to be a little happy and childlike and happy, but instead was pleasantly surprised with a deeper read The book is about a family on an island just off of France, struggling to find themselves and make ends meet The book is from several different viewpoints, and I really enjoyed the [...]

    11. I loved this, and I didn t actually find it slow at all, because the plot is in each of the family members discovering with help ways to untie the knots they are in So each set piece untied a knot, or gave hints as to how it would go, and indeed in the end everyone had found some kind of path The writing was beautiful I don t usually enjoy a lot of description of scenery, but Goudge is very poetic and really evokes the impact of the place on the viewer, rather than simply listing all the plants [...]

    12. Elizabeth Goudge has written two of my favorite books, so this was a real disappointmentRY slow moving, a LOT of description I did like the people, but not the plot.And if you look at the blurb well, it s nothing like that It s a family story.

    13. I wanted to read another of her books since she wrote one of my all time favorites, Green Dolphin Street It was alright, nothing compared to GDS She s a wonderful writer, so detail oriented, but this book was sloooooow.

    14. Goudge is a wordsmith This first effort is at times sparkling, insightful, and compelling At other points it drags and veers into fancy, as though the writer can t quite control the characters or plot which is something that I do not always view negatively It can have charming results

    15. A gentle Elizabeth Goudge book about someone who finds healing in an island Rambling in places, but a pleasant slow moving read overall.

    16. Her first book Not as good as some of her later ones, but still quite spiffy And it s Elizabeth Goudge, which makes me happy And the du Frocq family is absolutely charming September 2007

    17. Island Magic is a sweet book that with bring the reader serenity without being boring Lovely story about a family who live by the sea.

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