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Grace Livingston Hill (1865–1947)

Author of Marcia Schuyler

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About the Author

Grace Livingston Hill was born on April 16, 1865 in Wellsville, New York. In 1886, she moved with her family to Winter Park, Florida, where she got a job teaching gymnastics at a local college. She wrote her first book there, in an effort to raise money for a family vacation to Chautauqua Lake. The show more book was called Chatauqua Idyl and was published in 1887. She eventually married and began a family, but lost her husband to appendicitis. At this point in her life, her writing was the only way she could support her family. During her lifetime, she wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories of religious and Christian fiction including Blue Ruin and Mary Arden. She died in 1947 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Disambiguation Notice:

Grace Livingston Hill also wrote under the pen name Marcia MacDonald.


Works by Grace Livingston Hill

Marcia Schuyler (1908) 240 copies
The Girl from Montana (1907) 231 copies
The Man of the Desert (1914) 229 copies
The Enchanted Barn (1917) 217 copies
Crimson Roses (1928) 205 copies
The Best Man (1914) 199 copies
The Substitute Guest (1936) 195 copies
Lo, Michael! (1913) 183 copies
The Witness (1917) 182 copies
The Christmas Bride (1934) 180 copies
The Girl of the Woods (1942) 176 copies
Where Two Ways Met (1946) 173 copies
Bright Arrows (1946) 167 copies
The Prodigal Girl (1929) 166 copies
The Mystery of Mary (1912) 165 copies
Cloudy Jewel (1920) 165 copies
Exit Betty (1920) 161 copies
Spice Box (1943) 160 copies
The Finding of Jasper Holt (1916) 156 copies
A Voice in the Wilderness (1916) 156 copies
Miranda (1915) 155 copies
Job's Niece (1927) 150 copies
All Through the Night (1945) 148 copies
Beauty for Ashes (1935) 148 copies
Happiness Hill (1932) 147 copies
Partners (1940) 147 copies
In Tune With Wedding Bells (1941) 146 copies
The Search (1919) 145 copies
Kerry (1931) 143 copies
Marigold (1938) 143 copies
White Orchids (1935) 142 copies
Rainbow Cottage (1935) 141 copies
Ariel Custer (1925) 140 copies
Amorelle (1934) 139 copies
The City of Fire (1922) 138 copies
The Strange Proposal (1935) 138 copies
Brentwood (1937) 136 copies
Silver Wings (1931) 136 copies
A New Name (1926) 135 copies
Matched Pearls (1933) 133 copies
A Daily Rate (1900) 133 copies
Dawn of the Morning (1911) 132 copies
Not Under the Law (1925) 132 copies
Ladybird (1930) 131 copies
Duskin (1929) 130 copies
Coming Through the Rye (1926) 128 copies
The Patch of Blue (1932) 127 copies
The Gold Shoe (1930) 127 copies
Phoebe Deane (1986) 126 copies
Blue Ruin (1928) 126 copies
The White Flower (1927) 126 copies
Rose Galbraith (1940) 125 copies
The Beloved Stranger (1933) 124 copies
Tomorrow About This Time (1923) 124 copies
Patricia (1939) 123 copies
Out of the Storm (1929) 123 copies
Homing (1938) 122 copies
Crimson Mountain (1942) 122 copies
The Seventh Hour (1939) 121 copies
Found Treasure (1928) 121 copies
April Gold (1936) 120 copies
Sunrise (1937) 120 copies
Daphne Deane (1777) 118 copies
According to the Pattern (1903) 115 copies
The Tryst (1921) 115 copies
Mystery Flowers (1936) 113 copies
An Unwilling Guest (1902) 113 copies
The Street of the City (1942) 113 copies
The Honor Girl (1927) 111 copies
The Challengers (1932) 105 copies
Time of the Singing of Birds (1944) 104 copies
The Story of a Whim (1903) 102 copies
In the Way (1897) 101 copies
More Than Conqueror (1944) 98 copies
The Red Signal (1919) 95 copies
The Sound of the Trumpet (1943) 94 copies
Re-Creations (1924) 93 copies
The White Lady (1930) 90 copies
The Ransom (1933) 88 copies
The Chance of a Lifetime (1931) 84 copies
Astra (1941) 82 copies
Miss Lavinia's Call (1866) 81 copies
The Honeymoon House (1938) 80 copies
Through These Fires (1943) 75 copies
Aunt Crete's Emancipation (1911) 69 copies
Mary Arden (1948) 64 copies
The Angel of His Presence (1902) 57 copies
Because of Stephen (1903) 33 copies
Lone Point (2000) 31 copies
The Parkerstown Delegate (1892) 29 copies
For Each New Day (1991) 22 copies
The Love Gift (1984) 17 copies
The House Across The Hedge (1984) 15 copies
The Flower Brides (2015) 13 copies
The Esselstynes (1978) 6 copies
The Old Guard (1983) 3 copies
Grace Notes (1991) 3 copies
The Lost Message (1983) 3 copies
A Chautauqua Idyl (2007) 3 copies
Life Out of Death (1983) 3 copies
Beggarman 3 copies
The Measure of a Man (2018) 2 copies
A Corner of Destiny (2015) 2 copies
The Strange God 2 copies
An Unknown God 2 copies
A Sevenfold Trouble (2016) 1 copy
Little Servant (1976) 1 copy
Phoebe Dane 1 copy
The Best Birthday (1983) 1 copy
Gracene 1 copy
The Pledge 1 copy
Safety First 1 copy
Quiet Hands 1 copy
Divided Battle (1988) 1 copy
A Little Servant (2018) 1 copy
The Call 1 copy
Kidnappet (1998) 1 copy

Associated Works


Common Knowledge

Other names
MacDonald, Marcia
Lutz, Grace Livingston Hill
Date of death
Burial location
Johnstown, New York, USA
Wellsville, New York, USA
Place of death
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA
Places of residence
New York, USA
Florida, USA
Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA
short story writer
Alden, Isabella (aunt)
Short biography
Grace Livingston Hill wrote under both her real name and the pseudonym Marcia Macdonald. The death of her first husband left her with two small children and no income to support them other than that from her writing. She produced more than 100 novels and numerous short stories. Her characters were most often young female Christian women or those who become Christians in the course of the story. Her publishers used to remove the overt references to religious themes until they realized the popularity of these books. Grace's maternal aunt was Isabella Macdonald Alden, who was another prolific writer under the pseudonym Pansy. Grace finished her aunt's autobiographical last book, and the final Grace Livingston Hill book, Mary Arden (1947), was finished in turn by her daughter Ruth Livingston Hill.
Disambiguation notice
Grace Livingston Hill also wrote under the pen name Marcia MacDonald.



A compilation of stories with unique characters and story lines!
Sassyjd32 | Dec 22, 2023 |
A very good book mostly geared towards high school kids.
Sassyjd32 | 2 other reviews | Dec 22, 2023 |
Another fantastic book by Grace Livingston Hill! I loved the characters so much, and I love how she incorporates God and scripture into her book!
Tessa is a socialite on her way to a party when her train breaks down. There is a huge snowstorm in the town where she arrives and she quickly becomes lost. Enter Thurly, a young pastor who finds her and brings her home to his mother. In the process of being rescued Tessa loses her gold shoe. Tessa is enchanted by Thurly and his mothers down to earth lifestyle and their faith. Much more happens, so read the book! You won't be disappointed!… (more)
Sassyjd32 | 1 other review | Dec 22, 2023 |
As the novel opens, Marjorie Wetherill is knocking around her huge family home in Chicago all by herself. It's a week before Christmas and her mother has just died, leaving her an orphan. She is an adult (having graduated college, so likely ~22 years old), but no matter what your age, losing your parents hurts. Marjorie is dealing with another bombshell on top of this loss. She's always known that she was adopted, but never knew anything about her birth family - until now. Her adoptive mother left her one last letter, detailing all she knows about the family, including their last known address. She more or less implores Marjorie to look them up, because they have always regretted their decision to give her up for adoption and long to see her, even now - especially now, because the Wetherwills have always refused to let them see her.

Marjorie is at a loss about what to do. She's always yearned for her birth family, but she fears all the same. Yhey didn't want her as a baby, so why would they want her now? Would they resent her for growing up in the lap of luxury, now an heiress worth millions, when their lifestyle was much more modest? She knows that her mother is still alive, and that she has a twin sister, but basically knows nothing else.

Her childhood friend and neighbor, Evan Brower, actively discourages her from reuniting with her birth family. He's convinced that they would take advantage of her wealth and basically mooch off her, because what else could they be but lazy and spoiled? He's decided that he wants to marry Marjorie, even though he hasn't really shown her any romantic attention ever, and he's bullheaded enough to believe he can bend her to his will simply by wanting her bad enough.

Mercifully, Marjorie has a will of her own, and when she decides to seek out her birth family, she goes right ahead and does it, without telling anyone beforehand or seeking out anyone's permission. She travels to the tiny, shabby house where her family lives and is appalled by the conditions. Her family has fallen into deep poverty, as her father lost his job and they lost their beloved house, the titular Brentwood. They are so poor and hungry that they've sold all of their belongings, save one chair, and are living in the cold, snowy Midwest without gas or coal or food, saving all of their money to buy medicine for the mother, who has taken to her sickbed.

Marjorie immediately springs into action: she pays off the family debts, has the gas turned back on, buys two tons of coal to heat the house, brings in a doctor for her mother (whom she hasn't even seen yet), and buys nutritious food. The first person she meets is her twin sister, Betty, who is actively hostile towards her. One by one she meets the rest of her family: her oldest brother, Ted (about 19), and the younger kids Bud, Sunny, and Bonnie. They are all half-starved and sick, and they are all slow to warm up to Marjorie, but she powers through it, happy to know that she has the means to help them. She meets her father that same evening, but its a few days before she can see her mother - though when she does, it is a joyous reunion!

The family slowly but surely warms up to her and begins to accept her: first as their fairy godmother, then as their sister/daughter. Betty is the longest holdout; she is wary and bitter and jealous, and she struggles with these feelings for the entire story. Ted quickly takes to Marjorie, as they have church-going in common; the younger kids take to her because she is kind to them. Marjorie decides to spend the holiday season with them, leaving her hotel that very first day and moving into their tiny house, sharing a bed with her twin and helping out as much as she can.

She learns of Brentwood from Ted, who still attends a chapel near the house. She makes up her mind to restore her family to their rightful home for Christmas, and goes about it quite smartly. She also helps her siblings and parents in their current abode, especially with food, medicine, and the doctor for mother, and the various sick children. They are coming together and enjoying the holidays; Marjorie meets Gideon Reaver, the young minister that Ted absolutely adores and she is also smitten.

Meanwhile, Evan is simmering with rage in Chicago. Marjorie left no forwarding address, and she went to her heretofore unknown family, against his explicit wishes! Practically the moment he learns where she is, he goes after her, stomping into the Gay family house on Christmas day and demanding that she return to Chicago with him. He's just a complete ass to everyone. Marjorie holds her line, though, refusing to leave with him that day, or any day. She's still deciding what she wants to do for the rest of her life, but his sudden and unwelcome appearance makes one thing crystal clear.

Her family insist that she return to Chicago after the New Year for some time and space to make her decision, whether she wants to come live with them at Brentwood or carry on by herself in the social and luxurious whirlwind to which she is accustomed. Marjorie already knows what she wants even before she returns to the Wetherill mansion, but she abides by their wishes. She dumps Evan for good in an extremely satisfying scene that only gets better because he is as stubborn as he is assholish, and he keeps coming around because he thinks he can change her mind. Haha, joke's on him! This is one GLH heroine who knows her own mind and isn't afraid to assert herself.

In the end, Marjorie is happily reunited with her birth family at Brentwood, and they all live happily ever after :)

The romance is rather blink-and-you'll-miss-it between Marjorie and Gideon. Betty also has a romance with the doctor who's tending them all. We kinda spend equal time with both twins, and it really highlights their differences in their outlooks on life as well as how they fit into the family. I think GLH did a great job exploring the feelings from all sides around the issue of adoption and how it affects everyone involved: the birth parents, the adoptive parents, the child herself and the other siblings.

The "God stuff" is of the born-again variety, which is not my thing, but it wasn't laid on too terribly thick. The fact that this is set at holiday time disguises some of this, too, given the customs around going to church in the Depression era. I enjoyed the entire cast of characters and their interactions, and it was a very happy ending all the way around!
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eurohackie | 3 other reviews | Aug 10, 2023 |



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