Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Grace Livingston Hill
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
The Treasured Brides Collection contains three romances about brides by Grace Livingston Hill, author of over one hundred faith-inspired books written during the early twentieth century. This four hundred and forty-eight page book covers three different stories of individuals in New York seeking true romance ordained by God.
The Big Blue Soldier
“And why shouldn’t Mary Amber have a whole devoted soldier boy of her own for the village to see and admire?” Grace writes in this eighty-nine page novella about Miss Marilla’s desire to play matchmaker with her soldier nephew and her next door neighbor. Not all goes according to the widow’s plan when her nephew does not arrive for dinner after returning from the Great War. Mary Amber catches on quickly when Miss Marilla drags a penniless, woman-hater soldier who stays for more than a simple dinner. When the soldier and Mary realize Marilla’s deception, they learn God’s plans for the two strangers.
Found Treasure ~
“Euphemia means ‘of good report.’ It bears a recommendation on the surface, you see. Your very name is a good reference,” Earle tells Effie in Grace’s one-hundred and fifty-six page “ugly-duckling” tale about a young man returning to his hometown to find a younger woman searching for God’s purpose in life. Although her self-centered sister and the girls in town mock and make fun of the impetuous sixteen year old tomboy, Eugenia is determined to grow up well-respected and cherished by others. Her dreams start to come true when she saves the life of a child and the most popular boy in town pays attention to her. Focusing on whatsoever is of good report, the young woman blossoms into a beautiful being, inside and out.
The Patch of Blue ~
“I’ve got to the place where I can say I’m glad from my own standpoint, really glad all this trouble happened to us,” Chris reiterates in this one hundred and eighty-nine page story that teaches God allows both good and bad in our lives. When young Chris cannot return to his last year in college because his father’s bank has financially collapsed, the young man questions his new lot in life being part of a poor family barely making ends meet. When he meets lovely Natalie, a Christian girl who is thankful in spite of her circumstances, he seeks salvation both spiritually and personally.
These three old-fashioned, antiquated tomes concentrate on protagonists heroically facing problems in life as they look toward Christ for hope and support. Perfect for the young adult, home-schooler, or naïve teen, the wholesome stories promote godliness and innocence using Biblical fundamentals.
Thanks to The Book Club Network Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s opinions.