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Marcia Schuyler (Miranda Trilogy #1)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  791 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Grace Livingston Hill weaves an enchanting love triangle and introduces one of her most delightful characters in part one of the Miranda trilogy. Two sisters are as different as night and day--and inexplicably linked by the man they both desire. Kate Schuyler lives only for what pleases her in the moment, while Marcia Schuyler sacrifices her youth to marry her older ...more
Paperback, GLH, #83, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2005 by Barbour Publishing (first published February 1908)
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JEAN C SHARP Chapter 1 -- she picked berries to buy the yardage and whipped it up while everyone's attention is on her sister's upcoming wedding.

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Aug 26, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance-novels
When I was younger, we would go visit my great-aunt during the summers. She lived in this bitty town in nowhere-southern Indiana. She talked non-stop, called everyone by their first and middle names together, set her thermostat at 60 degrees, and cooked with real butter and cream. She told everyone how to do everything. For entertainment, we would drive around to check on how the corn was doing or out to the old farm in Paxton or down to Vincennes to see the new prison. When the drive was over, ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-books
Marcia Schuyler revolves around Marcia and her sister Kate and their relationship with David Spafford. The story begins a few days before Kate is to wed David. Marcia sees David's worth and rejoices in her sister's good fortune, but Kate herself finds David too staid and moralising. As a result, she elopes with another man the night before the wedding.

On the morning of the wedding, the Schuyler family discovers Kate's note explaining what she has done, and Mr. Schuyler, disgraced by his daughte
Mar 02, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it
This book, written in 1908, was a surprise to me concerning the "soap opera" content. Jealous women, beguiled men...
Jul 17, 2015 Emily rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
This book was so fascinating that I could hardly put it down or stop thinking about it. I read it as fast as I could because I just *had* to know the ending! The story revolves around 3 people whose lives are forever changed the day of a wedding. I can't say more without exposing the main theme of the story - the main problem to be dealt with. I found it very captivating. It's not necessarily a happy read for a good chunk of the book. It can be quite heartbreaking and emotionally taxing as you ...more
Feb 02, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
This is my third time to read Marcia Schuyler. The first time, I loved it. The second time, I merely liked it. The third time around, I just loved it again. The plot is unusual in a way. Marcia Schuyler was supposed to be a bridesmaid for her sister, instead she became the bride and married her sister's intended groom. All with the permission of the parents...and the groom of course! Her sister decided the morning of the wedding that she was marrying the wrong man, she decided to elope with ...more
I have always loved this romance, written by an absolutely gifted author. I read this book first when I was fourteen years old and I believe it affected my thoughts and ideas of romance at that young age. Rediscovering the story of sweet, self-sacrificing Marcia Schuyler was like calling up an old friend.

This tale takes place many years ago, before feminism meant women could be rude and unwomanly. Marcia is a gracious soul who makes her wedding vows in the place of her worldly older sister, and
Oct 22, 2015 Christy rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
I probably would not re-visit this author; the writing style meanders along with many ponderings and descriptions and I was always ready to get back to the story. It's quite romantic (not my favorite) but a nice story of Marcia finding love without Kate. There's deception and twists but still within the pages it was mostly about romance of some sort. I don't know if I ever really knew any of the characters, even Marcia; she just never seemed real. Quite fairy-tale like and the story is written ...more
Naomi Young
Dec 29, 2014 Naomi Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, kindle, series
The Hill-athon continues. Best implausible plot yet -- yes, implausible even for Hill! When Marcia's sister leaves her groom at the altar, her father's solution to save face is to marry Marcia to the groom instead. Now Marcia has always loved David, and never thought her sister was worthy of him. So, now she is the wife of the man she idolizes -- but will she ever be able to express that love, or receive it in return? Big sister decides to get her man back; there are critical maiden aunts ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Sandy rated it it was ok
Hill's writing is full of vague pearl clutching over events that are never really explained in any sort of understandable way because apparently they're just too scandalous to put into words. I read a lot of her books when I was a kid because they were some of the only things in the house to read, and about the only think I enjoyed in them was the descriptions of the lifestyle (clothes, meals, homes, social events).
Janice S
Jun 29, 2014 Janice S rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-clean
This is a sweeeet old-fashioned romance. Makes you smile. Others have put this on their "Christian" bookshelf, but I don't think this is a Christian book. The main characters are Christian, but religion isn't the focus of the story. The fact that you have Christian characters doesn't make it a "Christian" book. At least not to me.
Jun 21, 2014 Susan rated it really liked it
First, I am a Grace Livingston Hill fan, and collect her books. I found this ebook version on Amazon for free, and was so excited to read it. It was true to form, set at the time of the first steam railways in the USA. It was a sweet Christian romance of the old style. Loved it!
Gwen Hopkins
May 23, 2015 Gwen Hopkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful love story.

This book was a page turner. There being several twists that were not expected. The characters portrayed many emotions that everyone has experienced at various times.
Oct 22, 2008 Raegan rated it it was ok
This was okay. The first 2/3 dragged, but the last 1/3 was sweet.
Anna Marie
May 12, 2013 Anna Marie rated it liked it
It's been a while since I did the Grace Livingston Hill scene, so... I picked up one at a garage sale and sat down with it. It wasn't as good as her 'Crimson Roses' (<< my favorite GLH book), but it was a decent read.

Kate is spoiled and beautiful. She's engaged to a handsome, wealthy, upright gentle man named David Spafford, long-distance. He has been to visit once or twice, and the family loves him, very much - including Kate's 17-year old sister, Marcia. Then, on the eve of Kate and Davi
Mary Helene
Aug 10, 2014 Mary Helene rated it liked it
Shelves: light, romance
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May 20, 2016 Mitzi rated it really liked it
Shelves: vintage-novels
When you come across Grace Livingston Hill for the first time, you get the impression that she is a writer of sweet, romantic, old fashioned fiction - which is true on one level. But she has a surprising talent for creating nasty characters! I mean she comes up with some real pieces of work... And in this book, she puts our poor heroine in a pretty outlandish situation due to the actions of one of those nasty people, which at first strikes you as somewhat absurd. But once you get past that, it ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Julia rated it really liked it
Marcia marries the man her vain and beautiful older sister jilted on the morning of the wedding, and then the selfish woman comes around to try to lure him back to herself. Villains, cads, and hussies do their part to make Marcia's life miserable, but it is enlightening to see how this honorable couple, husband and wife in name only, grow in their relationship. And the history of the first steam locomotive in New York plays a strong background role. Hill's stories are sweet and uplifting, but ...more
May 06, 2016 Kati rated it it was ok
Vaguely recalled reading this book as a young teen. Couldn't for the life of me remember anything about it though, so decided to give it a read again. Marcia was sweet, but I liked her better at the beginning of the book, when she had the audacity to go berry picking in order to buy the fabric to make herself a dress, than anywhere else in the book. She was a wilting, meek mouse. Miranda, I liked. Sassy, street-smart, good-hearted..... Kind of want to read the next two books in the "Miranda ...more
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Aug 31, 2015 Diana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She adores the man her sister is going to marry. Knowing that he is coming Marcia waits at the gate for his arrival. He kisses her in greeting thinking she is Kate. Kate runs off to marry a ne'er do well, leaving David without a bride. Marcia agrees to marry David and help avoid some embarrassment, BUT will David ever ever love Marcia as much as he loved Kate? Did Marcia make a mistake? When Kate's marriage doesn't work out and she comes to take "her" David back, will she be able to? This was an ...more
it was cute very cute. i found it on our shelf at home one bored evening and swallowed it in a couple hours. nice Christian fiction. i would've loved it a few years ago before I got picky (and critical lol) ive read an identical plot (with the jealous spoiled pretty older sister) better written in The Knight and the Dove by Lori Wick.
Feb 27, 2014 Tarisa rated it really liked it
This is, by far, my favorite Grace Livingston Hill book. I have no idea how many times I've read it and I seem to find something new each time. Marcia takes her sister's place as the bride when her sister runs off with another man. Will Marcia's new husband ever grow to love her as he loved her sister. You MUST read to find out.
Oct 23, 2013 Duane rated it really liked it
If you have never read any of Ms.Hill's novels, I would like to recommend this one as a good start. She wrote over 100 novels along the lines of Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Simple stories, romantic, Christian based, heart warming. What's not to like? They provide a short, easy read, a nice break when one is needed.
Sheryl Tribble
Jun 27, 2012 Sheryl Tribble rated it really liked it
GLH wrote this because her books weren't selling and an old family friend suggested she try a historical, which were popular at the time. She went on to write two sequels to it (Phoebe Dean and Miranda).

One of her better books; everything hangs together well and there are a lot of well-drawn secondary characters.
Aug 01, 2009 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I honestly thought that the concept of this book - a girl marrying her sister's fiance when he is left at the altar to help him and the family save face - was a pretty silly one. For some reason I decided to read the book anyway and it has since become one of my favorites. Marcia and David will probably always be a couple of my favorite fictional characters.
Girl marries the man her older sister jilted. Will they find love?

Upsides: Sweet story, reminiscent of L. M. Montgomery, clean read

Downsides: The good are impossibly good, the bad are absurdly bad, I don't like it when male leads call the heroine things like "child" because it makes the romance creepy. I wanted a little more real romance in it too.
Darlene Law
Nov 04, 2013 Darlene Law rated it it was amazing
I had never read a novel by Grace Livingston Hill but I am now thoroughly hooked on her stories. They are so refreshing after so many using the same old theme. They always have enough turns to keep your attention and wanting to read more.
Dec 20, 2013 Christa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this as a teen and really loved the story. A little old fashioned to me now, which surprises me, but still a good idea. Did not realize there were 2 more stories to follow, so I'll check into those too.
Jun 08, 2010 Kerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This may be my favorite GLH book so far. The descriptions of everything are so real and beautiful, you can almost picture yourself there.

Beautiful story of a girl who marries the man her sister jilted.
Jan 11, 2014 Jen rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! The characters were so well written and I was transported to 1830 in Albany New York. Clean Christian based romance about a girl marrying her sisters fiancé to save him humiliation of being jilted. A sweet story of realizing the love they had all along.
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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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