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WHY AM I READING THIS?    I'm not young any more. Time  is short.  I read a wide variety of material, both fiction and non-fiction, but from now on ....(.a promise to myself).....nothing mediocre.  A book must inform me, intrigue me, uplift me, delight or excite me, or I will drop it.

The Herb of Grace (Eliots of Damerosehay, #2) - Elizabeth Goudge

My Mum tried to get me to read Elizabeth Goudge when I was in  my twenties.   Nothing doing - they were far too slow-moving and innocent.  Fifty years later I tried again, and yes, they ARE slow-moving and innocent - but also lyrical, magical and uplifting.   Sorry Mum, you were right.