Vivid, exciting tales—earthquakes, shipwreck, encounters between New Zealand settlers and the indigenous Maori people—are paired with fascinating details of 19th-century life, from sailing ships and steamboats to women’s fashions and the natural beauty of the British seacoast and the mountains and forests of New Zealand.
When Marianne LePatourel meets William Ozanne in the 1830s on an island in the English Channel, she sets her heart on him. However, her sister Marguerite falls in love with him too. And so begins this sweeping novel that takes the characters on dramatic adventures from childhood through old age, on land and at sea, and from the Channel Islands to China to the New Zealand frontier.
When William’s naval career is cut short, he settles in New Zealand and writes to Mr. Le Patourel to ask for Marguerite’s hand in marriage—but in his nervousness he pens the wrong name in his letter. It is Marianne who arrives aboard the ship The Green Dolphin, and William’s gallant decision not to reveal his mistake sets in motion a marriage that is difficult, but teaches them both that steadfast love which is chosen is stronger than the passion of love at first sight.
|Publisher:||Hendrickson Publishers, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.70(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth Goudge (1900–1984) was a British novelist born into the home of an Anglican priest and theologian. She wrote children’s books as well as novels—her Green Dolphin Street was made into a 1947 Academy-Award winning film starring Lana Turner, Van Heflin, and Donna Reed. In style and themes she parallels English writers such as the creator of the Miss Read series, as well mirroring the spiritual depth found in George MacDonald’s Victorian novels. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, she won the Carnegie Award in 1947 for The Little White Horse, which is J. K. Rowling’s favorite children’s book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A true story of love, courage and the principles that ruled the day. When two sisters fall in love with the same boy, they both feel sure they'll win his heart, without losing each other. Set in the late Victorian era, the story moves the reader from a tiny island of the coast of Britain to the jungles of New Zealand. The twists and adventures that their lives take, and the horrible mistake the boy makes as a man, teach them all the true meaning of love. 'A threefold chord shall not be broken.' This book was originally published in 1944. I read it as a young girl when a copy was given me by my great-grandmother. Loved it then, still love it 40 years later. A great read for a young girl. Am definitely going to order a copy for my nieces. So glad to see it back in print. Thank You!
There are no words to describe how wonderful this story is. I laughed and cried and gasped in shock over and over again, living with each character through their heartaches and triumps.