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4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  331 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Marjorie Wetherill had always known she was an adopted child; her adoptive parents, the Wetherills, whom Marjorie loved deeply, had made no secret of it. Their death leaves Marjorie well provided for but terribly lonely. Soon she is consumed with the desire to find the family she has never known. But how can she find them when she knows nothing about them--and when Evan Br ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 310 pages
Published August 16th 1995 by Living Books (first published July 28th 1981)
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Michele Yardumian
Apr 27, 2009 Michele Yardumian rated it it was amazing
I have never met a Grace Livingston Hill I DIDN'T like - however I like some a great deal more than others. This one and The Honor Girl are my top faves, but there are a good fifty more that tie for second place! Her style is strongly flavored, so many won't like it, but I find her views and morals very consistant with the time in which she wrote. Her stories made a significant impact in my life, as I read them first as a young teen. Above and beyond the romance aspect, the heart and soul of her ...more
Jun 04, 2009 Kerri rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
This did not turn out to be my favorite GLH book, but it was sweet. It was difficult to relate to the adoption theme in the book. I realize that in that day, adoption was very different than it is today, but I couldn't get my head around how the main character could bond so quickly to her biological family, all of whom she had never known.

Other than that, this was a sweet book. I liked that the main character was so generous and used her resources to help this struggling family. I think I am mor
Sheryl Tribble
Feb 11, 2012 Sheryl Tribble rated it liked it
Like many of Grace Livingston Hill’s, not much romance in this one, partly because the relationships between the two couples who pair at the end go pretty smoothly. There’s more romantical stuff between the heroine and the guy who wants to marry her than there is between the heroine and the hero. Although she does end up engaged at the end, the book is more about the heroine reconciling with her birth family (and with God, I suppose) than about romance.

I particularly enjoyed that the heroine get
Della Smith
Oct 18, 2015 Della Smith rated it it was amazing
I have read this book many, many, many times and each time I feel as though I could set the world on fire. I have in my growing up years cut my teeth on reading these books and each one always make me want to go forth and conquer whatever life puts forth for me. I have not been able to get hold of these books until recently and desire to read them all. We had 103 of them in our own personal library but the years have taken them out of my hands and I am too old to start purchasing them Strange Pr ...more
Robin Smith
Jun 30, 2016 Robin Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Another vehicle for the sweet gospel message, although heroine in this story confronts no real conflicts. But it is a delightful story nonetheless, for who wouldn't smile at the thought of lavishing gifts on loved ones if it was in their power to do so?
Aug 11, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
I love simple, homey books like this.
Linda Joyner
Mar 18, 2013 Linda Joyner rated it it was amazing
As a young girl, I read a lot of Grace Livingston Hill books and can say that Brentwood was one of my favorites. By today's standards and expectations Grace's books may not get a great review, but I rated them as I would have many years ago. Anytime a book leaves an impression, it gets a great rating from me. All Grace's books inspired me to be very selective about the man I would one day choose to marry. That inspiration served me well and I've always been thankful for her main characters who w ...more
Oct 31, 2012 LadyS rated it liked it
Shelves: just-ok
well this was a rather beautiful story of humility and the importance if intimacy in a family. their was hardly any not sure why its classified as such.

to add, the book got very predictable in so much that i knew what the next chapter would be about. one thing i didnt like is how the main characters male friend was described. i didn't think it was necessary to have him so haughty and self absorbed especially in the light of the fact that he was mentioned to be a good friend. overall
Joy Gerbode
Feb 21, 2016 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing
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I have read nearly all of Grace Livingston Hill's books, and this is one of my favorites! It includes a family loving each other through hard (tragic) times, generous giving and while the main love in the story is that of the family, it does include a little romance as well. Perhaps not very realistic, but this is what I call a "Cinderella story" ... sort of a fairy tale that ends happily ever after.

Another re-read, and I loved this book all over again! It's great to be back to reading some of m
Jul 17, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: frequent-re-read
This gem has got 1930's slang GALORE. Plus, twins separated at birth! and one of them is rich and comes in to make her birth family's life all better! so unlikely and ridiculous and yet I just love it. Also, bonus points for the doctor who treats the sick family being handsome and winning over the hardened bitter twin.
Wilani Wahl
Jan 11, 2014 Wilani Wahl rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite Grace Livingston Hill books. A great read for Christmas. Forgiveness and placing your faith and trust in God are prominent themes.
Katie Lynn Fox
Nov 30, 2007 Katie Lynn Fox rated it really liked it
An innocent, old-fashioned romance written by my great-great-grandma.
Just did not care for her writing style.
Jan 02, 2013 Becky rated it really liked it
I really HATED the first boyfriend, Evan.
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also wrote under the pseudonym Marcia MacDonald
also published under the name Grace Livingston Hill Lutz

A popular author of her day, she wrote over 100 novels and numerous short stories of religious and Christian fiction. Her characters were most often young female ingénues, frequently strong Christian women or those who become so within the confines of the story.
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