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But only hours after arriving, Greg sees a young woman collapse on a park bench and rushes to her side. But just as quickly and unexpectedly as she appeared in his life, Margaret vanishes without a trace. Now Greg will do anything to find her again. Will it keep Greg from finding his true love?
Finding his true love was unexpected enough But will his new faith crumble under the pressure of an impossible search Grace Livingston Hill is known as the pioneer of Christian romance. Grace wrote over a hundred faith-inspired books during her lifetime. When her first husband died leaving her with two daughters to raise, writing became a way to make a living, but she always recognized storytelling as a way to share her faith in God.
She has touched countless lives through the years and continues to touch lives today. Her books feature moving stories, delightful characters, and love in its purest form. Add to Wishlist. According to legend, Valentine, along with St. Marius, aided the Christian martyrs during the Claudian persecution. In addition to his other edicts against helping Christians, Claudius had also issued a decree forbidding marriage. Valentine, a priest or a bishop, defied this decree and he urged young lovers to come to him in secret so that he could join them in the sacrament of matrimony.
When Valentine was discovered, he was arrested, but the emperor first attempted to convert Valentine to Roman paganism rather than execute him. Of course, Valentine remained steadfast in his faith, and even tried to convert Emperor Claudius to Christianity, and so the emperor then condemned him to death. In the time before Valentine was executed, he was tended by the jailer, Asterius, and his blind daughter, who was very kind to Valentine and brought him food and messages.
The legend states that Valentine became friends with and converted both Asterius and his daughter, and miraculously restored the girl's sight. The romantic nature of February 14 seems to have been attached to the date long after it was recognized as the feast day of St. Still, several centuries before pre-printed, mass-produced greeting cards existed, men and women sent notes, tokens, and cards to their loves on St. The tradition certainly was in place by the late 15 th century, with French and English literature indicating the practice dated at least to the 14 th century.
However it is less certain exactly how St. There are multiple ideas on how the custom evolved.
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The legend that describes St. One aspect is referenced in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. It was a popular belief in the middle ages that birds would choose their mates mid-way through the second month of the year — the 14th of February — and that day was seen as consecrated to lovers. She is a Christian, too, like him. But just days after meeting Margaret and placing her in the hospital she disappears without a trace!
Blame it on the haughty head nurse, Miss Grandon. Heartwrenching scenes when Margaret is half-dead but toiling on. Likewise, when Greg is searching desperately for her, worrying. I liked the scene where the cruel nurse got her comeuppance. Finding her again, Greg helps Margaret get a job.
Poor girl finally gets a hot bath, hot food, and a real bed. With his millions, Greg vows to help the poor, to give them work, not free handouts. He wants to give them the message of God's love, too. His friend, Reverend Rhoderick Steele, helps him create a philanthropic business model. Margaret worries about her grandparents. Will they get to keep their farm in Vermont, threatened by foreclosure?
I liked the old folks. Quibbles The business plan only gets a vague description, but enough that I understood it. Too much time was spent describing the new office supplies and furnishings. BUT, it's the Depression and our millionaire extraordinaire gives booklets to the starving? Not hot soup? Why not both? What was Hill thinking?? Christ fed the during The Sermon on the Mount, and they weren't even literally starving. This cost the author one star.
At the end of the story, the unpleasant scene at their new house did NOT fit. I didn't like it at all. Didn't belong. Ruined the happy ending and cost one more star. Inserted just so Hill could make yet another moralizing speech? In this book, the author goes overboard on the religious stuff. There goes another star. Too much praying and scripture quoting -- that's no way to tell a story. I liked the Christmas caroling, though. The Christians are good and the nonChristian are either benignly ignorant or depraved. All black and white.
Not compassionate. Some of Hill's books have no religious message at all, most have just a slight bit, and some have a lot. I think this is her worst or best, some would argue. Mom liked Hill's books, and I'd sometimes read them.
They are usually better than this one. I like the original cover art better than this kindle cover. This girl looks too well fed, and her coat is all wrong.
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She bought a coat in this story and Greg gave her a fur coat. Neither coats fit the picture. Not a big deal. View 1 comment. With his recently acquired wealth to his name, Greg heads back East hoping to prove his worth among those who once doubted his potential. But only hours after arriving, Greg sees a young woman collapse on a park bench and rushes to her side. But just as quickly and unexpectedly as she appeared in his life, Margaret vanishes without a trace.
Now Greg will do anything to find her again. Will it keep Greg from finding his true love? In an effort to support her family she turned to writing. However, Ms. Greg Sterling left town because the townspeople thought he was worthless. Now wealthy he has returned to prove them wrong. Then he meets Margaret, who vanishes on him. As he tries to find her his old flame resurfaces. However his only interest is in Margaret.
Hill knows how to tell a great story and while it may be old it still is a powerful story. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to www. To listen to 24 hours non-stop, commercial free Christian music please visit our internet radio station www. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I have loved Grace Livingstone Hill's books for years, and I'm delighted that they are being reissued now!
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The Christmas Bride is a gentle story of love, faith and hope and is just a delight to revisit. I highly recommend this charming books! May 30, Ibjoy Hannabass rated it it was amazing. I am so glad they are making a comeback. I really enjoyed this wonderful Christmas story. The head nurse on the hospital floor was a bit arrogant and took things into her own hands a bit too soon. Greg brought Margaret into the hospital and paid her entire bill, setting her room up as a memorial to give poor people a nice room for free while in the hospital.
When Margaret found out, she really made an idiot of herself. But Greg soon set her straight! This well written story is full of realistic characters that you will grow to love, and Grace Livingston Hill gives readers a heartwarming story to read during the Christmas Holidays. Pick up your copy now, so you will have it when the holiday season gets here! I received this book from the publisher Barbour Books to read and review.
Jan 06, Kate rated it really liked it.
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Gregory Sterling is suddenly a man of the world after the discovery of oil on his property. When he witnessed Margaret McLaren fall he took it upon himself to assist in her care however he could despite the questioning of others concerning his honest motives. Alice Blair whose past was known by Gregory realizes that some things need to be revitalized before the hour is overdue.
But at what price? Will love be rekindled or will there be another? This read is a classic romantic gentle novel that will Gregory Sterling is suddenly a man of the world after the discovery of oil on his property. This read is a classic romantic gentle novel that will take the reader back to another time period. Prose is dated yet refreshing! I did enjoy the character of Gregory charming, easy to connect with and realistic! Scenery was exquisite and very descriptive felt as if I were there. I found reading that most parts within the book made it impossible to put down but a few though I struggled through.
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This is a faith challenging and inspiring read that is good for a relaxing winter day. Thanks to Barbour Publishing for the complimentary copy from the Christmas Giveaway! Dec 30, Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing Shelves: vintage , christian-romance.