Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Garment” as Want to Read:
The Garment
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Garment

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  162 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Motherhood is every woman’s right and the natural outcome of a happy marriage. But what then when a normal and beautiful young woman is forced to recognise, after two years as the wife of a country parson in the north of England, that her marriage is a sham and will never bring her the fulfilment she desperately needs?

Grace Rouse is faced with this situation and, like many
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Corgi Books (first published 1962)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Garment, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Garment

The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienImpossible by Nancy WerlinRed Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-CartwrightWuthering Heights by Emily BrontëFallen by Lauren Kate
Landscape Book Covers
204th out of 213 books — 120 voters
Golden Girl by Joan WolfGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellGoing Cowboy Crazy by Katie LaneThe Gillyvors by Catherine CooksonGoing Overboard by Christina Skye
Romance Novels Begining with the Letter G
5th out of 104 books — 4 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 261)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mar 24, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
OK so this isn't her greatest writing or even her best story. The characters are a bit two dimensional for me. Still I needed something light to read at the time and this fit the bill nicely.
Alison Chastain
Enjoyed very much as I do all of Catherine Cookson books
Jul 11, 2015 Tina rated it liked it
Some parts of the book were a bit long winded but the story got through eventually
Jul 09, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
Well-writen but not too exciting book about the pastors wife who takes a lover. According to blurb "Motherhood is... the natural outcome of a happy marriage." So without children marriage is unnatural and unhappy? Yes, Grace WANTS sex and a child, and her husband is both arrogant and impotent, but does this excuses adultery?
Nov 14, 2008 Barbra rated it liked it
One of her early books - good but not as good as her later ones.

Back Cover Blurb:
Grace Rouse tried in vain to love her husband but found she could not. Looking for love elsewhere, she found herself torn between a man who could give her children and a man who passionately desired children but could only give them his name.
May 18, 2012 Lili rated it liked it
I read all of Catherine Cookson's books some years ago and enjoyed them immensley. I recently re-read all of them and find that on a second look I found them all so very predictable, and was rather disappointed. However I'm sure that it is my tastes that have changed not the calibre of her story telling.
Tara Chevrestt
Dec 23, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it did not like it
Shelves: england
I can't stand the heroine. She is weak, scared of everything, and ridiculous. It is not Cookson's usual style of heroine at all.
Sue rated it it was amazing
May 14, 2016
Maggie rated it it was amazing
May 01, 2016
Kristy rated it liked it
Apr 30, 2016
Audrey MacKay
Audrey MacKay rated it it was amazing
Apr 25, 2016
Wendy Gibbs
Wendy Gibbs rated it really liked it
Apr 23, 2016
Auréline Knockaert
Auréline Knockaert rated it liked it
Apr 18, 2016
sandra kallmeier
sandra kallmeier rated it it was amazing
Apr 09, 2016
Kathryn marked it as to-read
Mar 15, 2016
Doris Bevan
Doris Bevan rated it it was amazing
Mar 14, 2016
Thelma Biddle
Thelma Biddle is currently reading it
Mar 13, 2016
LynnSi1eo rated it it was amazing
Mar 05, 2016
Irene Falconer
Irene Falconer marked it as to-read
Feb 29, 2016
André Eerden
André Eerden marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2016
Hope added it
Feb 12, 2016
Eddie McGuire
Eddie McGuire rated it really liked it
Feb 10, 2016
Lucy rated it liked it
Feb 05, 2016
sylvia rose glenn
sylvia rose glenn rated it liked it
Feb 05, 2016
Sarah rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2016
victor applebaum
victor applebaum rated it did not like it
Jan 25, 2016
Zanne Baker
Zanne Baker rated it it was ok
Dec 28, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Wild Island (Jemima Shore, #2)
  • The Green Witch Herbal: Restoring Nature's Magic in Home, Health, and Beauty Care
  • Sepp Holzer: The Rebel Farmer
  • This Time of Dying
  • The Curry Secret
  • The Old Straight Track: Its Mounds, Beacons, Moats, Sites and Mark Stones
  • Jesus the Man: Decoding the Real Story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene
  • Mary Bell's Comp Dehydrator Cookbook
  • A Brief History of the Future: The Origins of the Internet
  • Permaculture One
  • The Goddess in the Gospels: Reclaiming the Sacred Feminine
  • What Happened to the Corbetts
  • A Modern Herbal
  • Promises Broken (The 4400)
  • Under the Ivy: The Life & Music of Kate Bush
  • Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans
  • Not On The Label
  • Respect the Spindle
Catherine Cookson was born in Tyne Dock, the illegitimate daughter of a poverty-stricken woman, Kate, who Catherine believed was her older sister. Catherine began work in service but eventually moved south to Hastings, where she met and married Tom Cookson, a local grammar-school master.

Although she was originally acclaimed as a regional writer - her novel The Round Tower won the Winifred Holtby
More about Catherine Cookson...

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »