Grace Livingston Hill
107 pages ?
genre - Romance, Inspirational Fiction
my rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Over the years my mother has told me about her favorite books by Grace Livingston Hill. I figured it was about time that I read one for myself. I chose to read The Enchanted Barn.
Shirley Hollister, a young stenographer, is very worried. Father has been dead for several years now and Mother is deathly ill. It is up to her and her younger brother, George, to support the family.
Taking advantage of an unexpected afternoon off, Shirley takes a trolley car going out-of-town. She sees "...a wide, old-fashioned barn of stone, with ample grassy stone-coped entrance rising like a stately carpeted stairway from the barn-yard." This would be a wonderful place to spend the summer. Now if only the owner will rent the barn to them for no more than $12 a month!
Also, I don't think Amazon's estimate of the page count for this book is correct. It seemed much longer than that. Other editions of this book show that it has between 295 to 366 pages.
About the author -
Grace Livingston Hill was born April 16, 1865 in Wellsville, New York to Presbyterian minister Charles Montgomery Livingston and his wife, Marcia Macdonald Livingston - both of them being writers.
Hill's first novel was written to make enough money for a vacation to Chautauqua in New York while the family was living in Florida. Lack of funds was a frequent motivator, particularly after the death of her first husband left her with two small children and no income other than that from her writing.
After the death of Hill's father, her mother came to live with her. This prompted Hill to write more frequently.
The last Grace Livingston Hill book, Mary Arden, was finished by her daughter Ruth Livingston Hill and published in 1947.
Hill died Jan. 1, 1947.