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The Little White Horse
The Little White Horse | Elizabeth Goudge
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"I absolutely adored The Little White Horse."--J.K. Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series Winner of the Carnegie Medal When orphaned young Maria Merryweather arrives at Moonacre Manor, she feels as if she's entered Paradise. Her new guardian, her uncle Sir Benjamin, is kind and funny; the Manor itself feels like home right away; and every person and animal she meets is like an old friend. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort--a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it--and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. But what can one solitary girl do?
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LeahBergen
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I‘m currently reading this fantastically whimsical little winner of the 1946 Carnegie Medal. It‘s wonderful! 🥰

DivineDiana I love this edition! 💗 2mo
Suet624 I love the books you read. 2mo
Chrissyreadit My kids and I loved this book. 2mo
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Leftcoastzen You have so many beautiful vintage editions!👏 2mo
rubyslippersreads We have twin copies! 😊 2mo
Centique Awww it‘s beautiful! 2mo
LeahBergen @Chrissyreadit I‘m loving it and wishing I read it as a kid! 2mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I think we have twin copies of MANY books. 😆 2mo
UwannaPublishme Beautiful edition! I loved this one. 🙌🏻 2mo
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DivineDiana
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This was my first read for @TheBookHippie readalong of #childrensclassicsread. This was so much fun! I was not familiar with this book, although I have read one of the author‘s adult books. The story was all fantasy, and I loved it. It made me feel like a small child reading at night under the covers. Loved the detailed clothing descriptions, the fanciful character names,the vintage writing and Maria‘s bravery and people skills!

TheBookHippie It is so lovely to read children‘s classics I think. A nice piece of Zen. 🤍 2mo
DivineDiana @thebookhippie Agree! 💗 (edited) 2mo
Butterfinger @TheBookHippie @DivineDiana it takes me back to my childhood. 2mo
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DivineDiana
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Very well, young Mistress,said Marmaduke. Mulled claret goes well with afternoon tea. And then laying down the apple at which he was daintily nibbling, and with the fire of inspiration suddenly lighting up his whole face, he murmured under his breath, Plum cake. Saffron cake. Cherry cake. Iced fairy cakes. Eclairs. Gingerbread. Meringues. Syllabus. Almond fingers. Rock cakes. Chocolate drops. Parkin.Cream horns. Devonshire splits. Cornish pastry⬇️

DivineDiana Jam sandwiches. Lemon-curd sandwiches. Lettuce sandwiches. Cinnamon toast. Honey toast. ... I always like to be prepared for more guests than we actually expected, said Marmaduke. #childrensclassicreads @thebookhippie (edited) 2mo
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tpixie
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Watching the movie 🎥 version of this book. It‘s on Amazon Prime! The book was delightful.
The Movie Title is ‘ The Secret of Moonacre‘

#ChildrensClassicRead2021
#ChildrensClassRead2021August

TheBookHippie Oh how fun! I‘ll have to look it up! 3mo
tpixie @TheBookHippie just starting! I‘m needlepointing as I watch! 3mo
tpixie @TheBookHippie oh! The Movie Title is ‘The Secret of Moonacre‘
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tpixie @TheBookHippie the movie 🎥 was only loosely based on the book 📚 3mo
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DivineDiana
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“Humanity can roughly be divided into three sorts of people- those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment. and those who find comfort in food; and Miss Heliotrope, Maria and Wiggins were typical representatives of their own sort of people.”
#childrensclassics2021 @TheBookHippie
I had wanted to join your group in August, but somehow am only now starting the August selection! 🤷🏼‍♀️

TheBookHippie No problem🤍 I hope you enjoy it🤍 short book this month so easy to catch up! 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you! I have reserved this month‘s book! 3mo
tpixie @DivineDiana I loved this quote! 3mo
DivineDiana @tpixie I felt as if it was difficult for me to choose a preference! 😂 (edited) 3mo
tpixie @DivineDiana lol 😂 3mo
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rubyslippersreads
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Three August buddy reads of three of my favorite books. #PemberLittens #ChildrensClassicRead2021 #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead #littlebrasshand

P. S. Note the horrifying typo at the bottom of the Emily cover. 🤭

Ruthiella Oops! Anne with an E!!! 3mo
rabbitprincess Anne would indeed be horrified by that typo! 3mo
LeahBergen Whaaaaaatttt????? 😱😱 3mo
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riversong153 Missing the E, what the what?? 3mo
BarbaraJean 😱 My copy of one of the Anne books has that same typo within the text and I definitely rolled my eyes. On the cover, though?!? Horror! 3mo
tpixie It‘s AnnE with an E! Wow! That editor was asleep! Great covers though ! 3mo
UwannaPublishme Gotta agree with you on The Little White Horse...I LOVED it! 2mo
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Butterfinger
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If you are going to write a novel to teach virtues, make sure it is like this gem. I need to stop aggravating people which I really enjoy doing just like little Maria. I was tickled with the other names -Marmaduke Scarlet and Loveday Minette.

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 3mo
tpixie Yes! What great names & lessons. I would have loved this book as a child! I just finished it, it was a sweet book! 3mo
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Daisey
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This is one of those children‘s classics where everything is just a little too sweet and works out a little too perfectly. It was enjoyable as a completely worry free fantasy story because it‘s obvious it‘s all going to work out in the end.

#ChildrensClassicRead2021

Daisey I don‘t think this one has aged well in respect to the relationship of Maria & Robin. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Daisey NOOOO…. I agree with your review. It is interesting how things age, some things just …nope. 3mo
rubyslippersreads I think their relationship would have been fine if they had remained friends and then discussed marriage 10 or 15 years after the book ends. 😏 3mo
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Daisey @rubyslippersreads Exactly! Just talk about it and leave it as someday instead of a year later. 3mo
rubyslippersreads @Daisey I think the author wanted to get everyone‘s storylines neatly wrapped up. 3mo
tpixie Yes! Marrying at 14 was ok when it was written??? (edited) 3mo
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tpixie
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I just finished Becoming Mrs Lewis and plan to read
The Chronicles of Narnia in preparation to reading
Once Upon A Wardrobe.
While reading THIS book, I found a phrase that reminds me of Narnia, Susan,& Lucy!
Fun how line brings fun connections!
#Coinkydink

#ChildrensClassicRead2021
#ChildrensClassRead2021August

TheBookHippie 🤍🤍🤍I love it when that happens!!! 3mo
Daisey I noticed this phrase in this book too. 3mo
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tpixie @Daisey 😊 3mo
rubyslippersreads That line jumped out at me too. 3mo
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Daisey
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Today was our first day of school. It was good but also long due to an evening meeting. Now I‘m unwinding and finishing my day with a few pages of this story.

#ChildrensClassicRead2021

JazzFeathers Yay! 💪😀 How is s school this year? 3mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers We just finished day 2 and so far so good. It‘s kind of a hope for the best and do what you can situation. 3mo
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TheBookHippie
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Mehso-so

#CHILDRENSCLASSICREAD2021 AUGUST

Some problematic things but over all I can see why people love the book. Just a so-so for me, I am glad I read it. 🤍 I‘m looking forward to next month!

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ravenlee
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This started off with a Secret Garden vibe, but it‘s definitely its own thing. A couple things rubbed me the wrong way (spoilers below) but I just had to accept them and move on. Overall, this was a sweet adventure story with a good female MC. Good choice for #ChildrensClassicRead2021 @TheBookHippie

ravenlee Loveday and Sir Benjamin‘s estrangement was over PINK GERANIUMS?! That‘s…a bit much to swallow. And then Maria and Robin get married when she‘s 14? Um, no. Compared to those issues, Miss Heliotrope and Old Parson having no clue who each other is seemed completely believable. 3mo
TheBookHippie @ravenlee I try to remember 1946, but SERIOUSLY 🤯 3mo
BarbaraJean Ohhhh, apparently I had blocked out those particular spoilers…I was sitting here trying to think of what was problematic. But yep. Those exactly. 😖 I do love this book so much, though! 3mo
tpixie @ravenlee lol 😂 right?! 3mo
tpixie @BarbaraJean I did too. I enjoyed the magical sweetness. I would have loved it as a child. 3mo
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tpixie
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I‘m finally starting our August book!
The Secret of Moonacre is a movie loosely based on the book.
Here‘s an article I found:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2014/jan/01/little-white-horse-eliza...

#ChildrensClassicRead2021
#ChildrensClassicRead2021August

wordslinger42 I LOVE this book! I read it for the first time last year 😊 3mo
TheBookHippie Oh how wonderful!!! 🤍🤍🤍 3mo
tpixie @wordslinger42 I just started it but I can tell it‘s going to be fun! 3mo
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batsy I haven't started it yet but I'm hoping to soon! 3mo
tpixie @batsy I got a late start also. I think we still have plenty of time to finish before September!! 3mo
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ravenlee
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…but no other furniture and no pictures or ornaments. But the room did not need them because of the books, which stood there upon the shelves breathing out a friendliness that seemed to furnish and ornament the room…

Chrissyreadit My kids and I enjoyed this book when they were younger. 4mo
tpixie Great quote!! 💖📚💖 3mo
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TheBookHippie
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tpixie Oh your bookmark! 💙🔖 🐴 🔖💙 4mo
TheBookHippie @tpixie lucky find!! 4mo
tpixie @TheBookHippie yes! 🍀🍀🍀 4mo
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PurpleyPumpkin Thanks for posting this info about the author, very interesting! I‘ve yet to start reading this one, hoping to do so today. How are you enjoying it so far? 4mo
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin not too far in but I am enjoying it! 4mo
tpixie Finally read her bio. Interesting. Thanks for the link 3mo
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TheBookHippie
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#CHILDRENSCLASSICREAD2021 AUGUST

Everyone welcome 🤍
I read these books in small selections every morning with my coffee a few pages at a time all month long. I‘ve learned to absolutely cherish these 10-15-20 minutes. Just enough to pause before the day begins. 🎠☕️📔

rubyslippersreads One of my very favorite books. Please add me to the “tag” list for this one. 😊 4mo
TheBookHippie @rubyslippersreads I‘ve never read it! I am quite excited!!! I‘ll add you in! 🤍🎠 4mo
tpixie @TheBookHippie love the cover! And it‘s on my TBR stack apparently! (edited) 4mo
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TheBookHippie @tpixie HA! that happens to me a lot! I love this cover too! My book is in route via library and mail. I'm always afraid it won't get here in time or there are differing versions. This is a dell yearling book which I LOVE. I'm going to search for it when I thrift. I stole the pic off google! 4mo
BethM That cover would‘ve sucked me in as a kid. 4mo
TheBookHippie @BethM I agree I just love it. 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Another pick to look forward to! And another that I don‘t think I‘ve heard of before. 🤔 Incidentally, I just finished COTNF last night. 😅 I hadn‘t heard of that one either and I quite enjoyed it. So many books, so little time!!!📚 4mo
TheBookHippie @PurpleyPumpkin 🤍🤍🤍I love it ! It‘s fun to find new loves in book form. 4mo
UwannaPublishme My paperback just arrived so I‘m ready to dive in. 🙌🏻 This one is new to me too @PurpleyPumpkin @TheBookHippie But if @rubyslippersreads says it‘s her fave, it must be quite a gem! 4mo
TheBookHippie @UwannaPublishme I‘m so excited to start!!! I‘ve not read it before either. 4mo
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MaJoRomeroDLV
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This book, as the movie, is incredible. I love the story, is so interesting and captivating.

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rubyslippersreads
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1. Definitely a cat person, but I like dogs too (don‘t tell my cats I said that! 😹)

2. My SIL baked me cookies. 😊🍪

Want to play, @quietjenn @Ruthiella ? #ThankfulThursday

Cosmos_Moon 😻 I love the kitty addition! Looks just like my big girl, Stella! Happy Thursday! 1y
LeahBergen #JohnnyBergen is happy that you like him, too. 😉 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen I think even Nicky and Sadie secretly like #JohnnyBergen. 🙀 1y
rubyslippersreads @Cosmos_Moon I ❤️ ginger kitties. 😸 1y
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wordslinger42
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There really aren't words. I absolutely adored this story, and I'm actually so thankful that I didn't read this until 26. There are so many nuances to this beautiful book that I would have missed at a younger age. I'll be reading it again and again 💙

#BookSpinBonanza Number 13
#bookspin
@TheAromaofBooks

rubyslippersreads One of my all-time favorites. 2y
readingjedi One of my favourite books. Read first at 10, have been looking for that edition ever since. Read again regularly as an adult. So influential on my reading preferences as I grew up. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I felt the same exact way when I read this one! And I'm not usually a fan of books that mix fantasy and religion, but somehow this story just blends everything together so beautifully! 2y
Powered_By_Plants Aww that cover 😍 2y
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BarbaraJean
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This sweet classic children‘s book was just what I needed. It was definitely an escape to a simpler time: a thoroughly idealistic young girl‘s wish-fulfillment read, where the orphan girl is whisked away to a country manor house/castle. There‘s a tower room, a jolly uncle, delightful animals to keep her company, a wonderful old Parson, an idyllic country village, mysteries of the past to unravel, and just a touch of magic. Highly recommended!

DebinHawaii We read this one years ago for my virtual foodie book club & I remember really enjoying it! 💜 2y
rubyslippersreads One of my all-time favorites! 2y
Cheshirecat913 This book is so adorable. The movie is super cute too. 2y
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BarbaraJean
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“...there was a settle by the fire and a couple of hard oak chairs, but no other furniture and no pictures or ornaments. But the room did not need them because of the books, which stood there upon the shelves breathing out a friendliness that seemed to furnish and ornament the room...”

rubyslippersreads 💙💙💙 this book! 🦄 2y
BarbaraJean @rubyslippersreads It is delightful and exactly what I need right now!! 2y
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edennugget
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A screenshot of my snapchat story since I don‘t have the mental capacity to write a coherent review at the moment.

I loved everything about this when I was 7 or 8 and at 17 I still love it as much. The ability of books like this to transcend time and spread touching messages and live close to hearts is an ability that continues to astound me as I progress on my bookish journey.

So much appreciation right now. Definitely recommend!

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edennugget
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‘However old you are you never forget the time when you were young, or the people you loved when you were young; indeed, the older you get the more clearly you remember the times and the more clearly you love the people...‘

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edennugget
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“I suppose we couldn‘t expect to succeed at the first try. But there has to BE a first try, and now we‘ve had it, and it‘s behind us.”

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edennugget
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‘All the best things are seen first of all at a far distance.‘

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edennugget
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“Borrow what you like,” said Old Parson. “My books, like myself, are always at the service of my friends.”

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edennugget
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‘It is a fact that nothing worthwhile in this world is achieved without love and humility.‘

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edennugget
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‘In every fairy-tale there is a kernel of truth.‘

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edennugget
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There‘s just something so special about rereading a childhood favourite - especially when rereading the same copy your young chubby fingers held years ago!

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Shel.f
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Folio Society version of my favorite kid's book. I wore out the copy at my home library. The story of Maria is timeless.

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Cheshirecat913
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I watched th movie based on this book years ago (The Secrets of Moonacre) and was enchanted by it so I had to try the book. It's a sweet little fairy tale that I would like to share with my daughter when she is a bit older. It is not overly involved or deep but you just have to love the main heroine's room.

Bookgirl One of my favorite childhood books...given to me by my mother as it was one of HER favorite childhood books ❤️ 3y
rubyslippersreads One of my very favorites—I used to check it out of the school library over and over again. 😊 (edited) 3y
Doeyedbrunette Same! One of my first books I ever read. When the movie came out I couldn't think at first where I knew this story from but when the nostalgia hit me, it was amazing! 😊 3y
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Moray_Reads
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As a child I always envied Maria Merryweather's #pet(s). He we can see Wrolf the *coughs* dog and Serena the hare. There are also Zachariah the inimitable black cat, Periwinkle the pony and, of course, the Little White Horse ♥️ #maylovesclassics @Sarah83 @Bambolina_81

rubyslippersreads Is this the #FolioSociety edition? It's 😍! 4y
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rubyslippersreads
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Happy birthday to Elizabeth Goudge. The tagged book has been "warming and companionable"'for me many times. ?

Readergrrl I love this quote. So true! 4y
LeahBergen 💕💕💕 4y
HKGirl Loved The Little White Horse growing up! She's written books for adults too--have you read any? I haven't but hope to read at least one sometime. 4y
rubyslippersreads @HKGirl Yes, I've read some, and the good news is that many of them are back in print/ebook. 😊 My favorite is 4y
HKGirl @rubyslippersreads Oohh, good to know! Thanks 😊 4y
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rubyslippersreads
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For @Sarah83 😊 This is my vintage edition. (But the #Folio version still tempts me. 😄)

Sarah83 Ohhhhh. Indeed I placed an order at Folio some minutes ago, but I didn't buy it. My cart was overfloating. 🤷🙈 4y
Sarah83 So only the Folio wall is missing 😊 I ordered 8 more books some minutes ago. 🙈 4y
catebutler This is beautiful and one of my favorite children‘s books. 4y
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ReadingRuby I‘d completely forgotten this book. So many memories just came flooding back of how much I adored reading it as a child! 4y
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 I have a little rearranging to do before the Folio photo. (And then more rearranging when my order comes. 😊) 4y
Sarah83 It would be so great to see a picture. 😊 4y
rubyslippersreads @Sarah83 You will! 😊 4y
Sarah83 Sounds great 4y
rubyslippersreads @rubyhanmer I checked this out of the elementary school library over and over again. 😊 4y
ReadingRuby @rubyslippersreads I just ordered a copy so I can relive the magic! 😍 4y
LeahBergen I have this same edition ❤️❤️ 4y
quirkyreader I found my copy at GW. It's a more recent paperback. 4y
Linsy Beautiful! ✨ 4y
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HotCocoaReads
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Perfect bedtime reading for my 10-year-old and me. We‘ve been working on this book since September, but we loved it! How can you go wrong with a turret room (with the door too small for adults!), big cats and lion dogs, imaginary boyfriends and magical pearls?

rubyslippersreads Lovely copy of one of my all-time favorite books. 😍 4y
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Maria Merryweather and her governess are sent to Moonacre Manor to her only living relative after her dad's death. She feels like it is paradise (but feels like something creepy about it to me). There is an old wrong that a Merryweather must make right to banish the evil which lives in the nearby forest.
Gothic for children.

rubyslippersreads One of my all-time favorites! 🦄 4y
DebinHawaii We read this one several years ago for a virtual foodie book club I belong to--I enjoyed it! 📚👍 4y
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Bookgirl
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Looking through my shelves of books I read as a kid and came across this gem - given to me by my mom who read it when she was a kid. Anyone else familiar with Maria and Robin and Moonacre Manor?

beagle.mama Not familiar but I can tell I'd have loved it as a kid! 🦄💜🦄 6y
quirkyreader This book is on my TBR and I saw the film. 6y
anotherbookgirl That was my favorite book from about age 11-13. I thought it was the most magical,amazing story ever. I wanted a bedroom exactly like Maria's. Reading it as an adult, there were some elements of the story that didn't work well for me, but it was a fun read. Odd, at times. 6y
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anotherbookgirl but I do still want to move into Moonacre Manor :) 6y
Bookgirl @quirkyreader there's a movie??? I'll be looking that up. @anotherbookgirl yes some elements of the book are dated, but I still love it. And yes, her room!! Who wouldn't want it??? 6y
quirkyreader The film is called "The Secret of Moonacre" 6y
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