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Bootleggers, Prohibition, Gangsters And Romance
August 19, 2012
Grace Livingston Hill in her new book, "Coming Through the Rye" Book Eight in the Love Endures series published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. takes us into the life of Romayne Ransom.
From the back cover: "Another lightning glance went around the circle. She could not tell what it was about, that quick motionless look_but it gave her a chill of foreboding."
Happy times become the worst of times in a matter of moments for Romayne Ransom. After returning home from a canceled weekend party, Romayne finds a houseful of officers lying in wait for her father and brother. When the chief officer claims her family is part of a bootlegging operation, Romayne denies the accusations_until she glimpses a hidden underworld and the horrid truth is too plain to deny. Now Romayne must rely on her instincts as she desperately tries to clear her beloved father's name-and survive on her own.
Evan Sherwood hoped to bring down the illegal bootlegging rings that threatened his city, never expecting to drag an innocent young woman into harm's way. But now Romayne's life is in jeopardy. And the willful woman refuses to let him offer a helping hand.
But as danger lurks close, Romayne's only option is to trust love.
When Grace Livingston Hill's first husband died he left her with two young daughters to raise. In an effort to support her family she turned to writing. However, Ms. Hill just didn't want to write anything she wanted to write stories of faith. Originally written in 1928 "Coming Through the Rye" is a wonderful story of how God can take our circumstances and change them to the better. Bootleggers, Prohibition and gangsters, this story has them all. Romayne didn't know that due to the collapse of family funds her father and brother had taken to bootlegging. Now with both of them gone Romayne is on her own trying to survive all the adventures that face her. Evan is there to try to help her but she isn't accepting his help as he caused this trouble for her in the first place. Well, so she thinks. I think "Coming Through the Rye" is an exciting story and a wonderful romance that will keep you reading as to what happens next. Ms. Hill knows how to tell a great story and while it may be old it still is a powerful story.
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This book is worthwhile in part for the historical information it provides. It backs up what I have learned from personal study on the subject. And, as usual, it contains an absolutely beautiful story of how the Holy Spirit brings individuals to faith in Jesus, and then orchestrates events in the lives of the many persons involved in the story. This time we find two fine young men in the life of the heroine. I would have liked more about the one especially intent on caring for her welfare and eventually winning her heart, but as with all GLH novels, all ends well--and beautifully!