Monday, September 21, 2009

Towers in the Mist by Elizabeth Goudge

Having read and loved “The Little White Horse” by the same author, I was pleased to come across another of Elizabeth Goudge’s books.  Unsure of what to expect, as my library copy had been rebound with a plain cover I embarked into the unknown.

The story is set in Christ Church, Oxford, in the 16th century and follows the Leigh family for a year, through love and grief, joy and loss, culminating with Queen Elizabeth’s visit to that illustrious city.

Although a charming read, and involving many well known characters from history, include Sir Walter Raleigh, I was a little disappointed with the simplicity of the tale.  At each turn of the page I was expecting the story to take off. Perhaps if I had known more about the book, I would have found it more enjoyable.

I also later found out it was the second book of a series.  As I intend to go back and read the first book, “A City of Bells”, perhaps it is a series that will grow on me.

Part of my 100+ reading challenge