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The enchanted barn

4.6 out of 5 stars 319 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1176587342
ISBN-10: 117658734X
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About the Author

Grace Livingston Hill (April 16, 1865 — 1947) was an early 20th-century novelist and wrote both under her real name and the pseudonym Marcia Macdonald. She wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories. Her characters were most often young female Christian women or those who become so within the confines of the story.

Grace Livingston Hill was born in Wellsville, New York to Presbyterian minister Charles Montgomery Livingston and his wife, Marcia Macdonald Livingston - both of them being writers. So was her aunt Isabella Macdonald Alden, who wrote under her pseudonym Pansy and for whom Grace Livingston Hill later finished her autobiographical last book.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 117658734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1176587342
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,629,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on July 9, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is the first GLH book I ever read and it remains my favorite, after having read most of the others. Again, we have a poor family--father deceased, mother very ill, numerous children--being taken care of by the oldest daughter on her small stenographer's salary. The dilemma is that their cheap rented house is about to be torn down so they must move in a few weeks. But how can they do this without money? Taking her only savings (10 cents), the oldest daughter takes advantage of an unexpected afternoon off from work to ride the train out to the country in the faint hope of finding something suitable and affordable. Once well out in the country, she overhears a conversation between other travelers about a barn in sight from the train tracks, and decides to get a closer look. Impossible though it seems to her at first, the lovely setting seems to be just what is needed to regain her mother's health and provide the children with space to play outdoors. Quickly tracking down the owner, she meets with his handsome son and timidly proposes the rental of the barn for their home. He is immediately sensitive to her dignity and hesitancy and need, and goes out of his way to help her and her family. The description of the barn remodeling is fun, with several side stories and characters. The romance is slow in developing, but results in the usual GLH happy ending.
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Format: Paperback
This is not a true copyrighted version of The Enchanted Barn. It is scanned and copied. There are many, many missing pages and the last several pages of the book are not included!!! How does it end? If you care, don't buy from this supplier.
Absolutely appalling that this lousy copy would make its way to Amazon!
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I love the Grace Livingston Hill books. The woman says things in books that I've never ever heard anyone talking about. I love her boldness. I own two shelves of her books. If I heard of any more of them, I'd buy them in a heartbeat. But not this edition. I was so disappointed with all the rotten work that whoever put into it to get it into digital shape. I even wrote a letter to Amazon to complain. They sent me back a letter telling me to write them a letter, noting each page and line position telling them what the type actually said, and what it should be changed to. (I may not be remembering accurately here...but it was something "like" that. So I began to read the enchanted barn story all over again. I made many notations. But then I suddenly realized that my job is not as an editor. I am not a typesetter. All I am is a customer. Phooey on them!

I thought by putting it on my Kindle that I was in seventh heaven. Putting my favorite author into a format that was easy to read and to have always in good condition without having to be concerned with the pages coming out of the spine. Or old paper being fragile.

But this book? Lousy. thank you. It is not the author. I repeat: it is not the author. It just makes me super sad that whoever did such a bad job on the book actually got paid good money for doing it. Amazon, you took an excellent book and allowed somebody to really do a very poor job of making it digital.

I suggest that you go ahead and spend the money and buy an actual paper book. Then when it gets old, and the pages start falling out, just buy another paper book. I am quite tolerant of bad typesetting. But when it happens up to several times a page....I'm done with it. This is bad.
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This book is one of my all-time favorites. I've lost count of how many times I have read it over the years. Yes, it's a little corny in places, but it's also surprisingly educational, giving a look into what the world was like a century-plus ago. And a very different world it was. This time I caught that our young heroine worked six full days a week. I didn't realize that was how it was. How much we take for granted.

I still find this book a relaxing escape. The people are good to know, and I admit freely the great stone barn plays out one of my long time fantasies. The proselytizing is palatable, less tediously preachy than many of Mrs. Hill's other works.

It's a time and place I enjoy visiting every time. For a relaxing escape from the modern rush and a happy ending, you can't beat it. It's a mini-vacation and it's free. Who could ask for more?
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I have read every book Grace Livingston Hill has written, more than once. I always enjoy The Enchanted Barn and it is one of my favorite GLH books for it's lovely imagery, character development and Cinderella story charm.
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Reading a Grace Livingston Hill book is one of the most relaxing things anyone can do. I agree that this isn't the copywrighted version but it was free so I took a chance and the formatting didn't bother me I was so involved in the story.

Shirley Hollister has only a few weeks to find a new home for her family, her mother is ill and cannot help her and she and her brother bear the main financial burden for her mother, 2 sisters and younger brother. Money is very scarce and they can only afford $15.00 per month in rent. On an unexpected afternoon off she takes a trolley to look for a new home and overhears a conversation about a barn that they pass. It's stone, and looks very stable and Shirley immediately wonders if she could rent it for the summer, so they could save money and give her mother the fresh air she needs so much to hasten her healing. Making a quick tour of the old building, Shirley's hopes are high that they could make the move work for a few months.

After meeting with the owners son, Sidney Graham, Shirley waits to hear if she can rent the barn and is elated to find that Mr. Graham has become the owner and he is willing to rent it and insists on some modifications to make it more livable.

This is a classic romance with a modest hard working young Christian woman who is making the best of a life she never expected to live. You will enjoy this story and you will imagine how a barn can become a home for a family who needs so much.
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