My friend Heather and her family moved into a barn this summer. They really did. Isn’t it pretty? You can read about it on their family’s blog: To Sow a Seed.
I’ve always thought it would be kinda cool to live in a barn. I have Grace Livingston Hill to thank for that. When I was a teen I loved Grace Livingston Hill’s “heartwarming and wholesome” novels. And yes, they were way vintage, even then. Lately, I’ve been on a vintage kick so I’ve reread a few this summer.
The Enchanted Barn one is probably my all-time favorite. I have read it more than once. It is precious beyond belief. Seriously. The whole scenario is definitely the stuff of fairy tales.
The heroine is a hard-working, sensible young lady of impeccable virtue who is struggling to support her ill, widowed mother and four younger siblings. They are about to be evicted from the slummy little shack they live in but they can only afford $15 a month for rent! Did I mention the story was written in 1918? Apparently, though, that was really cheap, even then, because dear little Shirley just can’t manage to find another house in that price range.
Since the title kinda gives it away, I guess it’s not really a spoiler to say that she finds a barn for her family to live in. For $10 a month. What is “enchanted” about it is that it is owned by a rich young man who is terribly impressed with our heroine and helps her fix it up. It’s a rags-to-riches romance of the first order, but it also includes adventure, intrigue, and even a little espionage. What more could you want in a novel?
Grace Livingston Hill was gifted at writing descriptions. Her stories seem hokey for today’s readers, but were very popular in their day. This particular one just makes me want to find a lovely old stone barn to make into a home. Especially if I could find one for $10 a month.
Have you ever read any novels by Grace Livingston Hill?