It's the "Story Behind the Story" that makes Grace Livingston Hill's books come alive today. Written in the late 19th and early 20th century, Her books read like a historical novel...but they're not.
In Grace's time they were contemporary fiction—often dealing with the very real problems and world events that her she and her readers faced every day of their lives.
They are written with the Gospel message woven into the story often, along with lots of practical advice. In addition to the great Bible teaching that comes as a bonus in most of her books, Grace's characters "teach readers lessons" in housekeeping, sewing, cooking, relationships, and even finding a mate.
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It's the "Story Behind the Story" that makes Grace Livingston Hill's books come alive. While many look at her books as "historical novels" today, in Grace's time they were contemporary fiction—often dealing with the very real problems and world events that she and her readers faced everyday.
In the pages of her books you'll find accounts of colonial life and stories from the western frontier; families surviving (and sometimes thriving) during the Great Depression, tales of road houses, prohibition, and temperance, stories shedding light on tenement life and sweatshops, and quite a few books dealing with life on the homefront and in the trenches during World War I and II. Grace points her readers to the ultimate solution to every problem—salvation through Jesus Christ and walking with HIm through all of life's tragedies and triumphs
Most Grace Livingston Hill books are written with the Gospel message woven into the story, but along with that came lots of practical advice.
Through her characters, Grace teaches us about everyday things like housekeeping, menu planning, cooking, and caring for the sick; how to act and dress like a lady, regardless of the decade; making over dresses and hats as fashions change; the importance of beautiful surroundings and how to create something out of nothing to make even the simplest home more pleasant; and, most importantly, how to see God's handiwork in our everyday lives.
Grace was often ahead of her time. Her heroines frequently declared their independence by leaving their homes and striking out on their own. Some were forced into independence, but these strong women showed us that even a fourth-story back with only milk and crackers for supper could be tolerated and could even be haven of rest in a storm.
Many of her characters found happiness through marriage in the end, but Grace was sure to give lots of advice on choosing the right mate and many examples of what happens when you don't.
Along the way, she shared her favorite books with us by placing them on their bookshelves and her favorite hymns were often selected to especially fit the storyline, leaving modern readers to wonder what they must have sounded like.