Fair. A standard copy with a tight and square binding. Text is clean but has yellowed. Spine has been secured with clear tape. Softcovers are lightly yellowed and soiled. Careful packaging and fast shipping. We recommend EXPEDITED MAIL for even faster delivery.
Fair. Worn black tape spined HB with no lettering. First American Edition, 1963. pages tight but loose from spine. Ex-Library with expected library markings FIRST EDITION. For quick service, please consider Expedited shipping since standard delivery may range from 4-18 business days. Thank you. Minor shelf wear to corners and ends of spine.
Fair. A readable copy only. All pages and the cover are intact, may not include dust jacket. Pages may include considerable notes in pen or have highlighting. Possible ex library copy. May not contain accessories.
Good. B000VMS84M 1964, 1st print. Ships next day. Book is in good shape, no tears, scribbles, highlighting or underlining, pages are a little bit tanned, a little general wear, from a smoke-free environment. Items are typically shipped in a plastic bag, in a cardboard cradle, in a manila envelope. Most of my customers rave about my packaging. All US items are shipped with delivery confirmation, if you require this, please let me know.
Acceptable. A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact (However the dust cover may be missing). Pages can include considerable notes--in pen or highlighter--but the notes cannot obscure the text. Book may be a price cutter or have a remainder mark.
I found Elizabeth Goudge abut forty-one years ago. My first read was Child From the Sea, and I was hooked. When I read The Scent of Water, I felt like I had come home to the softest of sweet places in the soul. Ms. Goudge could write a story that would touch a gentle heart like none other. I can honestly say that the impression she made on me in my early twenties definitely led my life in a sweet, stable direction. Her spiritual approach will touch anyone who believes in God, and you will find yourself coming home, too. I have, and still would, recommend this author to anyone. As a matter of fact, I am here today to purchase copies of Elizabeth Goudge's books for my library again. I need her now in 2012 like I needed her back in 1970.
Aug 15, 2008
An ephemoral woman to child relationship
The Scent of Water by Elizabeth Goudge is an exquisite example of teaching without telling, and learning through awakening awareness; the story of a younger woman who, having once met her namesake, receives a legacy when her elderly cousin passes. This book should be kept in every library.
Jan 17, 2008
This is a sweet, nice, kind, warm book. It is not vaguely edgy, it's full of the milk of human kindness, and I love it dearly. That's not to say there aren't moments of great pain and drama, but everything ends up being all right, if not perhaps exactly the way one envisions. Elizabeth Goudge was brilliant at this sort of book, and although this isn't my absolute favourite of her books, it's lovely all the same, and is perhaps my 3rd or 4th-best-loved of her books (and she wrote a lot). Highly recommended to people who like this sort of capital-R Romantic book.
Apr 26, 2007
A Superb Novel
This is a quietly compelling book, one which I have already recommended and loaned to a number of my more discerning friends. Ostensibly a tale of a middle-aged woman who inherits, and then moves to, a cottage in a small village, it is a thoughtfully and beautifully written tale of human pain and triumph.
If your tastes run to more dashing plots and characters, you may be disappointed, but if you are looking for a gentle, deeply moving book, I believe you will find this a satisfying read and well worth your time. A deeply spiritual work without ever being preachy, The Scent of Water still hovers in my mind weeks after I finished reading the last page.
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