Marcia Schuyler Author:Grace Livingston Hill Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II As a natural consequence of her hard work and her midnight awakening, Marcia overslept the next morning. Her stepmother called her sharply and she ... more »dressed in haste, not even taking time to glance toward the new folds of chintz that drew her thoughts closetward. She dared not say anything about it yet. There was much to be done, and not even Kate had time for an idle word with her. Marcia was called upon to run errands, to do odds and ends of things, to fill in vacant places, to sew on lost buttons, to do everything for which nobody else had time. The household had suddenly become aware that there was now but one more intervening day between them and the wedding. It was not until late in the afternoon that Marcia ventured to put on her frock. Even then she felt shy about appearing in it. Madam Schuyler was busy in the parlor with callers, and Kate was locked in her own room whither she had gone to rest. There was no one to notice if Marcia should " dress up," and it was not unlikely that she might escape much notice even at the supper table, as everybody was so absorbed in other things. She lingered before her own little glass looking wistfully at herself. She was pleased with the frock she had made and liked her appearance in it, but yet there was something disappointing about it. It had none of the style of her sister's garments, newly come from the hand of the village mantua-maker. It was girlish, and showed her slip of a form prettily in the fashion of the day, but she felt too young. She wanted to look older. She searched her drawer and found a bit of black velvet which she pinned about herthroat with a pin containing the miniature of her mother, then with a second thought she drew the long braids up in loops and fastened them about her head in older fas...« less
This I believe was the fist Grace Livingston Hill book I read. It remains my favorite to this day. Marcia's goodness and self-sacrifice, endear her to the reader in no time at all. She takes her sister's place, when her sister runs off on the day of her wedding. Slowly Marcia and her new husband, learn to understand and love each other. Of course, the course of true love never runs smoothly and Marcia has several difficult situations to overcome. But she does deal with it through the grace of God. That is another thing I love about Mrs. Hill's books God is always at the center of her books. If you want a good Christian romance novel to read then this is a great one to start with.