'Never before had Nils travelled around at such good speed, and he had always liked riding fast and wild. And he had never thought that it could feel as fresh as it did up in the air, and that such a good smell of topsoil and resin rose up from the earth. It was like flying away from worries and sorrows and annoyances of any sort that could be imagined.'
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Ved Maja Lisas side står gæve og stærke Lillepigen, som kommer fra fattige, faderløse kår og får plads i huset. Og som i alle gode eventyr kommer en smuk og mørk fremmed mand til gården, men kærligheden mellem ham og Maja Lisa er ikke ukompliceret.
Liljecronas hjem er på en gang et eventyr og en moderne fortælling om kærlighed og frigørelse, og historiens mange stærke kvindeskæbner tindrer i Selma Lagerlöfs gestaltning. Liljecronas hjem optræder også i en anden form i Lagerlöfs debutroman Gösta Berlings Saga.