Grace Livingston Hill

Grace Livingston Hill

Only a handful of writers who began over 130 years ago are still read by an ever-increasing family of readers. Grace Livingston Hill is one of those writers.

Her writing is often seen very differently by those who read it—and that's why it endures. It is at times a Christian life lesson, a romance, first-hand history, or even an outreach tool. The impact is as varied as the readers themselves.

No matter how we read Grace's books, they inspire us to reach new heights.books

Grace's work and its simple message continue into a new century, always reminding us that God is the ultimate answer to every question—even in today's complicated world.

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Grace Livingston Hill Booklist

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The White Lady: A Ghost Story?

Frontispiece from The White LadySociety Girl Constance Wetherill is faced with a dramatic lifestyle change right on page one. Her recently-deceased uncle has mismanaged the family's assets and there is only "the paltry sum of five thousand dollars" between herself and poverty.

She decides it best to disappear from society to avoid the scorn of her friends and longs to "begin life as if she were another girl and to see whether she could not make of it something worth while."

Constance takes a trip to think things out. While her train has stopped for an accident blocking the tracks, she gets out for a stroll and stumbles upon an old house that the locals say is haunted by the ghosts of a girl who committed suicide and her faithful dog.  Could this "hanted" house be used as a hiding place and a refuge from the storm of The Wetherill's life?

marciaThe White Lady is one of several books written by Grace Livingston Hill, but published under the "non de plume" Marcia Macdonald. These books were meant for a different audience than her regular novels, which explains the name change. This title was contracted as a "full-length book for girls".

Marcia Macdonald was the maiden name of Grace's mother.

She wrote as "Mrs. C. M. Livingston" and in addition to publishing several children's books of her own, wrote books in collaboration with family members, including Grace, her husband, Rev. C. M. Livingston, and her sister's family, The Aldens. Mrs. Livingston's sister was the well-known author, Isabella Macdonald Alden, who wrote as "Pansy". It was "Auntie Belle" who began Grace on her writing career.

 This novel is a bit of a departure from Grace's typical fare. But her readers wouldn't have known that in 1930, would they? Enjoy a unique Marcia Macdonald classic!

The White LadyQuick Facts
  • Copyright 1930 (but first serialized in the 1920's)
  • Grace's "nom de plume": Marcia Macdonald
  • Contracted by Lippincott as a "full-length book for girls"
  • Later editions identify Grace Livingston Hill as the author
 

Pansies for Thoughts: A Rare Gem

Pansies for Thoughts"Pansies for Thoughts", in its original edition, is a rare little gem first published by D. Lothrop Company in 1888. This book was "compiled and arranged with an appropriate text for each day" by young Grace Livingston (she would not marry Rev. Hill until 1892).

It is not, as some mistakenly believe, a devotional with daily thoughts from Grace's own pen. Instead, this daily devotional is filled with quotes from books written by Grace's author-aunt, Isabella Macdonald Alden. Isabella wrote under the pen name "Pansy", thus the play on words in the title, referencing the line from Shakespeare's "Hamlet".

Grace selected a quote for each day from one of the "Pansy Books" and paired it with a Scripture or a bit of verse. It was a joy for "Auntie Belle" (as Grace called her) to watch her niece in action. The original book's Preface (which is completely missing from the modern editions) gives us an insight into Grace's young life, how the book was put together, and how humbled Pansy was to be thus immortalized.

Pansy 1895I have followed with absorbing interest the compilation of this volume. As I have watched the fair young head bent from day to day over "The Deathless Book," making quotations from its inspired pages that should repeat and emphasize my own thoughts, there has been a grateful, uplifting, humbling realization of the fact that I was being linked with immortality! For certainly the words that accompany my simple ones make each page glow with a light that shall have power to shine even to the very gates of the eternal city.

Moreover, as I have watched the thoughtful face of the compiler brighten and flush, and her eyes grow earnest while her heart took in some solemn charge of the Master, I have felt that, as she transmitted it to paper, there went with it a prayer that the Holy Spirit who had guided her choice, would use these pages in a way to lead some souls daily higher, even into the "shining light" of the "perfect day."

In this wish and prayer I join her earnestly, as the little book goes out to do its work.
PANSY

After fifteen years of searching, I began to doubt this little book's existence until the day I received an email from abebooks.com.

Read more: Pansies for Thoughts: A Rare Gem

Fall Reads for 2014

Through These Fires  OCT 2014

Through These Fires
is our October book. Published in 1943, this book is another of the WWII era tales with stories on both the battlefront and the homefront. If you can't find a vintage copy, this book is #46 in the Bantam and Tyndale paperback series.


From the G&D jacket flap: In the heat and misery of batlle there comes to Benedict Barron, like a draught of cooling water, the memory of a golden-haired little girl swinging on a gate far in time and space from his present lot in life. His present job is to get through those lines to the enemy—the ground, covered with fearful flames, had to be retaken...This is a story of war and the renewal of faith.

 
All Through the Night  NOV 2014

All Through the Night is our November book and continues the war theme, but wasn't published until the war was nearly over in 1945.

When it arrived at the Freeport Public Library that year, the synopsis-writer was obviously not a GLH fan. "Cinderella's grandmother dies leaving her to counter her aunt and two mean cousins with the help of a soldier's love."

This book was one of Grace's last few stories. See if you agree or disagree with the 1945 reviewer. Has your vintage copy gone missing? Grab it in paperback. It's #6 in the Bantam or Tyndale Series.

 

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2014 GLH Reading List

  • January: The Esselstynes & The Angel of His Presence
  • February: A Chautauqua Idyl & The Parkerstown Delegate
  • March: The Chance of a Lifetime
  • April: In the Way
  • May: Sunrise
  • June: In Tune with Wedding Bells
  • July: Ladybird
  • August: The Sound of the Trumpet
  • September: Dawn of the Morning
  • October: Through These Fires
  • November: All Through the Night
  • December: Where Two Ways Met & Your Favorite GLH Christmas Book!
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