I have just purchased a copy of this book for my Daughter , as she has heard me tell her many times about why I love this story, and she wanted a copy of her own.
Yes it is outdated in terms of todays literature, but I love it because it captures my imagination and takes me away to a simple , uncluttered way of life. It is a story where children not only learn values, but are valued!!
Marmaduke Scarlet's tea parties sound fantastic, and I love the descriptions of the rooms and the characters come to life, with all their quirks and foibles. Elizabeth Goudge has a skill for telling stories with meanings on many levels , and this should not be written off as just a childrens story.