Castle on the Hill

Castle on the Hill
Elizabeth Goudge
Fiction
3 stars
346 pages

takes place in 1940’s, during the height of the bombing of London. A 40 year old woman is displaced and ends up being the head of the household of a castle out in the country.

I found this to be a tough book. People loving, people dying, people sacrificing for each other. In the end, Miss Brown, who loved the owner of the castle, is rejected by him, but then is asked in turn by another man, and she sacrifices so that he, and some orphan children, can have a Home. Referred to as “Second Best” love. I would rather die alone than have a woman marry me out of some sense of pity, duty or friendship.

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