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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Barbour Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781630585181
ISBN-13: 9781630585181
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Series: Love Endures

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Take a step back to a slower paced life the 1930s and 40s, and discover the joy of old-fashioned romance as penned by one of America’s most beloved authors. Lightly updated for today’s reader, this collection of three romances—including The Big Blue Soldier, Found Treasure, and The Patch of Blue—is the perfect pathway to discovering a timeless author. Grace Livingston Hill created enduring characters who go through every human emotion. They are realistic individuals looking to fit in and find a place of contentment in life. Love meets them in their struggles and faith points them to eternal hope and peace.

Author Bio

GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL (1865–1947) is known as the pioneer of Christian romance. Grace wrote over one hundred faith-inspired books during her lifetime. When her first husband died, leaving her with two daughters to raise, writing became a way to make a living, but she always recognized storytelling as a way to share her faith in God. She has touched countless lives through the years and continues to touch lives today. Her books feature moving stories, delightful characters, and love in its purest form.
 
Grace Livingston Hill began writing stories in 1877 at the tender age of twelve and didn’t stop until her death in 1947. But what may be more amazing is that she has sold over 84 million copies and is still loved by young and old alike. 

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  1. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    November 8, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Treasured Brides Collection.
    The Treasured Brides Collection by Grace Livingston Hill is a three-in- one volume. The stories are The Big Blue Soldier(set just after WWI), Found Treasure(set in 1928), and The Patch of Blue(set in 1932). All three are enjoyable and entertaining.

    The Big Blue Soldier involves a woman named Marilla who is expecting her nephew to visit her after he is discharged from the Army. Due to circumstances out of her control, her nephew is replaced with the soldier. She has the soldier for dinner and introduces him to her neighbor. Relationships develop.

    Found Treasure involves the Martin sisters and their relationships, especially Effie. She has been labeled a tomboy and made fun of by the girls growing up. This story shows that being yourself is the best way to be.

    A Patch Blue is the last story and the one I enjoyed the most. Chris Walton has come from a wealthy family and that changes when his father's bank fails. He loses his friends and has to get a job. But throughout it all his family remains positive and happy.

    This collection is inspirational and enjoyable. It is light-reading.

    I recieved this book from the publisher and the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
  2. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The perfect gift for Grace Livingston Hill fans
    August 17, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Treasured Brides Collection.
    The Treasured Brides Collection

    By Grace Livingston Hill

    Three Timeless Romances

    from a Beloved Author

    I've always loved the simple beauty found in Grace Livingston Hill's books. So when The Book Club Network offered a chance to read and review this just released collection from Barbour I jumped at the chance. After all these were 3 stories from Grace Livingston Hill that I had never read before.

    The first story is The Big Blue Soldier. The First World War has ended and Sergeant Lyman Gage has just received word that his business has failed, his fiancee has become engaged to another man, and he is in debt to his former fiancee's father. Lyman is understandably dejected when he is approached by an unusual woman who invites him to dinner and to pretend that he is her nephew.

    What follows is a delightful and sweet story about seeing past the outer person and seeing the heart. The kindness of strangers heals a broken heart and brings happiness to a hurting lonely heart.

    The second story is Found Treasure. Effie Martin is a despised young woman - her youthful, tomboyish habits are felt to be an embarrassment to anyone unfortunate to be caught in her company. Her mother despairs of ever turning this selfish, self-centered girl into a lady and her sister Eleanor loathes her little sister who tries to get her part in Eleanor's activities. But Effie is searching for something, she feels unwanted by anyone and wonders if there is even a purpose to her very being.

    But when Effie steps forward and saves a life she comes to the attention of several people, including Lawrence Earle. Lawrence helps Effie to become more than she ever saw herself becoming. She became Euphemia a "woman of good repute" all because someone was willing to give her a chance.

    This story finds the worth and treasure of a person within their heart. Outward appearance and monetary worth mean nothing if one cannot find peace and comfort in a relationship with God.

    The third story is The Patch of Blue. Chris Walton had everything. A father of good standing who was the bank president. He lived in a spacious house in an elegant well-to-do neighborhood. He was heading for his final year of college, played football, and was making the most of his life when everything changed. When his family's life of privilege was suddenly over Chris learns who his true friends are. And he learns who he truly is thanks to Natalie Halsey.

    This story shows that one's happiness need not be tied to wealth, position, and possessions but rather in a daily walk with God and contentment with what we do have. This is shown in the changes of Chris's demeanor and attitude from the opening until the closing of the story.

    One item of note concerning this book it is not large print, but the print is larger than most books that are regular print - so if you like large print books this maybe one you want to check-out.

    Thanks to The Book Club Network and Barbour for offering me this book in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Timeless collection where God always has a plan
    August 2, 2014
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Treasured Brides Collection.
    The Big Blue Soldier - Marilla Chadwick only wants to have a nice dinner for her nephew coming home from the war, when he can not come does she make a mistake when she invites a soldier off the street to come in and eat with her and her lovely young neighbor? Or was this the best decision possible?

    Mary Amber loves her neighbor, whom she calls Aunt Rilla. She is not excited to greet Marillas nephew back. He has never been a favorite of hers. Yet, when this stranger shows up is he up to no good or can he really be trusted?

    Lyman Cage feels that no one cares anymore what happens to him, and has nowhere to go and no money to get there. So when this sweet older lady invites him in for supper he figures why not, until he realizes there is a girl at the supper too. Girls are the enemy, so he thinks. Will this be a good idea or not?

    Found Treasure - There are many different characters we meet in this novel. Two sister in particular, Eleanor and Effie Martin, they are have very different personalities. Will they ever get along? Can God change the heart of one and turn her into a treasure?

    Can a tomboy find a true balance. There is forgiveness, even when not asked for, love and peace found in this story.

    The Patch of Blue - Chris Walton, born of wealth and privilege, seems to have everything one could want: loving parents, friends, popularity, money and one more year of collage. When his world comes crashing down will he find the faith and peace his parents have? What good can God have in store when you loose all you think is important?

    Natalie Halsey, raised with a great Godly mother but is extremely poor, seems to always be happy. Natalie and Chris went to school together but were worlds apart. When their paths continue to cross will she be able to be the light God intended? Can somthing develop between them?
  4. Durango, CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Endearing Read
    July 9, 2014
    Rocky Mountain High
    Durango, CO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Treasured Brides Collection.
    THE TREASURED BRIDES Collection is a set of three stories of faith written by Grace Livingston Hill (1865 - 1947).

    The Big Blue Soldier is set in Purling Brook New York, 1918. World War I veteran, Lyman Grace, returns home, sick and exhausted, to find his business has failed and he is now a debtor. He sells everything he has to get out from under the crushing load, and though he no longer has the debt, he also no longer has a home or job. His hopelessness increases when the girl who said she loved him dearly engages herself to another who can provide her with the lifestyle she craves. As he walks the road through Purling Brook, he questions the value of his life. It is at this low point, that he meets Miss Marilla Chadwick.

    Miss Marilla Chadwick is an elderly spinster who longs to love and be loved. When she hears her nephew, Dick, will soon return from Europe as a war hero, she makes plans to show her love by providing a delicious meal and lavishing attention on him. As soon as he lands, she sends a note requesting his presence, but is crushed when he spurns her. Deep down she's always known he never really cared for her, yet his rejection hurts. To save face in front of the neighbors and her young friend, Mary Amber, the girl next door, she convinces a worn out soldier in a blue uniform to dine with her and, for just that evening, to allow her to call him Dick. She doesn't think her actions will hurt anyone, though she does wonder if the saying, "Oh, the tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive," is true.

    Mary Amber is an unwilling participant in Miss Marilla's plans. Though she helped the woman make dinner for her nephew and agreed to stay and dine, she had concerns. She never liked Dick. He was mean and rude to her and others in the past, and though she knew war changed people, she had no confidence that Dick had changed. She is suspicious of the man who comes to dinner. He doesn't look much like Dick, and her suspicions increase when he can't answer her questions about the past correctly. She feels she must protect Miss Marilla from this deceiver.

    Found Treasure is set in New York City, Summer 1928. Womanhood comes hard to tomboy, Euphemia "Effie" Martin. She doesn't fit in. She plays baseball, runs, and rides her bike better than most boys, and her rough-edged exuberance often causes her mother to sigh and her older sister to complain. When Effie overhears what the other girls her age think about her and how she acts, she is infuriated and hurt. She has always been shunned by them, so why should she care? She decides that is she can change some things, people might like her better. Lawrence Earle, the sought-after young man who taught her how to pitch a mean fast ball, shows her how Christ can change her from the inside out. She no longer has to be the old Effie, but can now be Euphemia, a person of "good report."

    The Patch of Blue is set in New York City, Fall 1932. Christopher Walton, Jr., has everything a young man his age could desire: wealth, loving parents and sister, respect, admiration, athletic ability, and the expectation of returning to his senior year of college as the star football player and leader of his fraternity. On Sunday, he attends church with his parents, but his mind is not on the message. Instead, he sees the new car he will test drive the next day, and make plans to show it off. His attention is momentarily caught by the Pastor's message about being thankful when bad things happen, but he shrugs it off. He doesn't think this is possible.

    On Monday, Christopher's beautiful world is shattered. There is a run on his father's bank and his life is threatened. Due to circumstances out of his control, he no longer has wealth, respect, admiration, or the expectation of returning to college. He and his family must move to Sullivan Street on the worst side of town, and he must hunt for a job. He is grateful to find a lowly job in a store where quiet Natalie Halsey works. Her faith has been tried, and when she shares it with him, he begins to see how one could be thankful for hard times.

    The inside and outside covers of this book are attractive and let readers know right away they will be reading a "timeless romance." The Big Blue Soldier was interesting, but ended so abruptly that it left me wondering if G.L.H. died before she could finish. The other two stories were engaging and worth the read, though the overuse of the words "nice" and "sweet" slowed me down. I sympathized with Euphemia in Found Treasure, and enjoyed the scene in The Patch of Blue where Chris Walton saves Natalie from the armed robber by pelting him with hard green apples.

    Hill's voice could be heard during times she stepped in the story to narrate a passage. Though this kind of author intrusion is not often tolerated with editors today, it gave me an opportunity to understand the importance of social class to people of this time, and what G.L.H. considered respectable or entertaining. Though social values have changed, one thing that hasn't is the way God works in the lives of his people.

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Ga
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Timeless Brides
    July 9, 2014
    Paula Osborne
    Ga
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Treasured Brides Collection.
    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    The Treasured Brides Collection: Three Timeless Romances from a Beloved AuthorThe Treasured Brides Collection: Three Timeless Romances from a Beloved Author by Grace Livingston Hill

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    ~The Treasured Brides collection by Grace Livingston Hill~

    About Grace Livingston Hill

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    also wrote under the pseudonym Marcia MacDonald

    A popular author of her day she wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories of religious and Christian fiction. Her characters were most often young female ingénues, frequently strong Christian women or those who become so within the confines of the story.

    I enjoyed reading these stories by this author of long ago.

    her stories "The Big Blue Soldier", "Found Treasure", "The Patch of Blue" are of brides who will make you smile, cry and just remember the days that you were a bride too.

    Love in the midst of their trials and faith leads them to eternal hope and peace..

    I received this book from the Bookclub Network for an honest read and review, thank you and the Barbour publishing for a book to add to my collection on this beloved author.
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