Literary Pursuits

Grace Livingston Hill

Lately I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work on my blog. Tweaking formatting here and there… (had you noticed?) …and trying to organize some of my older posts. I added some photos from my personal library to a post I wrote in 2015 about reading levels.

In the process of pulling books to photograph I realized my library is slowly evolving into a collection of books I remember reading when I was growing up. Of course I still discover new “keepers” from time to time, but mostly I tend to hang onto old favorites.

I thought it might be fun to mix in some reviews of some of those throw-back titles occasionally. For organizational purposes I decided it would be good to first talk about the authors, and then link in my reviews (past and future). 

A kind of virtual library, if you will, but much more complete than my actual library.

One author that holds nostalgic memories for me is Grace Livingston Hill. She lived from 1865-1947 so, no, I was not reading her novels when they were first released. They were actually already very vintage by the time I was reading them in the 1980s. 

Grace Livingston Hill wrote over 100 novels and our public library had many of them when I was a teenager. I read as many as I could get my hands on between 1980 and 1983, which turned out to be most of them.

Since then I’ve re-read a few of them from time to time as the mood strikes me for something sweet and old-fashioned. They are very predictable and oh-so-precious. Some modern readers don’t care for the sappiness of them. However, I love GLH’s exquisite descriptions and enjoy chuckling over the occasional melodramatic scenes.

I own 30 or so titles, some in vintage hard-back and some in not-quite-as-vintage paperback. Plus a few that are in the public domain on Kindle.

My Reviews and/or Commentary

  • Crimson Mountain – From 2007. In which I decide I’m not mechanically inclined.
  • The Enchanted Barn – From 2016. In which my friend and her family move into a barn.
  • More to come…

Titles Available on Kindle

Disclosure: The following book covers are Amazon affiliate links. 

Currently Free

The titles in this section were free when I posted them but prices are always subject to change, so be sure to double-check before ordering. 

In my experience, these free editions are usually not as well-edited as the Love Endures editions listed below. However, they are still perfectly readable. Plus, the titles don’t overlap much.

Love Endures Editions

I suspect that the titles in the Love Endures editions with the beautiful updated covers are Grace Livingston Hill’s most popular books. As I glanced through the list I noticed that they include many of my favorites. Most of them  are currently $2.99 each.

Amorelle
April Gold
Ariel Custer
Astra
Beauty for Ashes
Beloved Stranger
Blue Ruin
Brentwood
Bright Arrows
By Way of Silverthorns
The Challengers
The Chance of a Lifetime
The Christmas Bride
Coming Through the Rye
Crimon Mountain
Crimson Roses
Daphne Deane
Duskin
Girl of the Woods
A Girl to Come Home To
The Gold Shoe
Happiness Hill
Head of the House
Homing
Honor Girl
In Tune With Wedding Bells
Job's Niece
Kerry
Ladybird
The Man of the Desert
Maris
Matched Pearls
A New Name
Not Under the Law
Out of the Storm
Partners
Patricia
The Prodigal Girl
Rainbow Cottage
The Ransom
Re-Creations
Rose Galbraith
The Seventh Hour
Silver Wings
Sound of the Trumpet
Spice Box
The Story of a Whim
The Strange Proposal
Stranger Within the Gates
The Street of the City
The Substitute Guest
Sunrise
Time of the Singing of the Birds
The White Flower
The White Lady
Where Two Ways Met

These 3-in-1 books are also currently $2.99 which makes them just $1.00 for each title. 

The Beloved Stranger | The Prodigal Girl | A New Name
Crimson Roses | Re-Creations | Tomorrow About This Time
Marigold | Mystery Flowers | White Orchids
All Through the Night | More Than Conqueror | Through These Fires
The Big Blue Soldier | Found Treasure | The Patch of Blue

Free GLH Audiobooks

The following books are apparently in the public domain because they are available as free audiobooks from LibriVox.

Do you know about LibriVox? It’s where you can download totally free audiobooks. All books from LibriVox are in the public domain (meaning very vintage) and are read by volunteers. Some of the readers are better than others. But hey! You can’t beat the price, right?

Do you like to read vintage novels? Have you ever read any by Grace Livingston Hill? I’d love to hear about it!

5 Comments

  • Dee

    Oh my! It’s not a matter of have I read GLH novels. It’s how many times, especially in my teen years! Predictable, yes, but that didn’t keep me away. I still have to read one now and then…and chuckle as I do so. And think of you, Karla–of the times we’ve laughed together over some of her descriptions. Thanks for posting!

  • Sheila DelCharco

    I’ve read one of her books because of YOU (the Enchanted Barn)! It was very predictable but very sweet. Right now my (virtual) TBR is huge but I’ll keep her in mind for when I need an easy sweet story. Love your vintage collection!

I look forward to reading your comments. Thanks for joining in the conversation! ~Karla

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