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  1. 5 out of 5

    Gillian Bagwell

    Having written two books in which Charles II is a major character, and one in which Lucy Walter appears, and also because I fondly recall "Green Dolphin Street," I was very curious to read this book. It's a hard story to tackle, because Lucy's life ends early and sadly, and not much is known about her childhood or life before she became Charles's lover - and possibly wife. The author's notes say that she was inspired by a non-fiction book about Lucy that presented her in a better light than she i Having written two books in which Charles II is a major character, and one in which Lucy Walter appears, and also because I fondly recall "Green Dolphin Street," I was very curious to read this book. It's a hard story to tackle, because Lucy's life ends early and sadly, and not much is known about her childhood or life before she became Charles's lover - and possibly wife. The author's notes say that she was inspired by a non-fiction book about Lucy that presented her in a better light than she is commonly shown, and by seeing the castle in Wales where Lucy may have been born. She says to begin with that the first half of the book is fiction, rather than based on any solid facts. This seems to be the case. Certainly I don't think there's any historical evidence that Charles met Lucy in Wales and spent time with her there after their marriage, if they were married. I think the author does a good job of establishing an early life and experiences for Lucy that inform her later story, and using what is known about her life to weave an evocative and compelling story. It's unavoidable that Lucy's heart will be broken and things won't end well, but as much as possible Miss Goudge gives Lucy more happiness than might be expected, and a spiritual life and fulfillment that sustains her when the world is a hard place. It's a long book - more than 700 pages - and when I began it I was a bit put off by what seemed to me somewhat fey or whimsical descriptions and depictions - I wondered if it was meant to be a child's book. But as Lucy got older the sophistication of the storytelling increased. It is a book that very much reflects the era of its author - Elizabeth Goudge was born in 1900 and has a much different sensibility than an author writing today.

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    Kylie Sparks

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    Marcia Haskell

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    Dorothy DeLong

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    Karen Tompert

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