16/04/2004

The Heart of the Family

Last in the Damerosehay trilogy by Elizabeth Goudge.

Sebastian Weber, deeply traumatised by World War II, comes to work as David Eliot's secretary despite a deep-seated and somewhat irrational dislike of David. His acceptance into the heart of the family is the main strand of the book, but other characters examine their fears, and forge deep bonds. More philosophical and mystical than the other books, leading to a superb ending with closure to the series and hope for the future. Very moving in places, extremely well-written. Recommended, preferably after the other two books in the series ('The Bird in the Tree' and 'The Herb of Grace')

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