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The Enchanted Barn

4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  1,143 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews

Their old, crumbling apartment building had been condemned and would soon be demolished. Shirley Hollister had four weeks to find a place for her mother and little brothers and sisters to live.

At last she found a beautiful old stone barn in the country and courageously asked the owner, young Sidney Graham, if she could rent it for the summer. Though he was amazed
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 1st 1988 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1918)
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Feb 21, 2014 Kathleen rated it really liked it
This old Christian romance is FREE in a good audio version narrated by Gail Mattern. She has narrated several complete books by Grace Livingston Hill. Download the audiofile, or click the play arrows, at Librivox:

The Enchanted Barn is like a fairy tale, where love, hard work, courage, and faith outfox the forces of despair. A destitute family makes a home in an old stone barn, which unconventional and desperate act wins the interest of their debonaire mi
Danielle Reily
Apr 20, 2012 Danielle Reily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Mom and Grandmother gave me a lot of Grace Livingston Hill novels when I was a young girl. They are old fashioned, but they are overall sweet and innocent. I still like rereading them from time to time.
The Enchanted Barn is one of my favourites, I like it because the main character, Shirley, is strong, independent, and very relatable.
Like most of Hill's novels the story and the main character are very dependent on the kindness of a gentleman, Sidney Graham, who goes above and beyond what
Rob Roy
Jul 23, 2012 Rob Roy rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary-lit
My grandparents lived their sunset years in an apartment my grandfather had fashioned out of one section of a barn. The rest of the barn was intact, which gave we grandchildren a grand place to play, and their home was taxed as a barn. The named it the Enchanted Barn from this book by Grace Livingston Hill. Well, after all these years I finally got around to reading it. It is basically a Horatio Alger story with the main character being a woman. It is terribly dated and Victorian, yet compelling ...more
Sep 01, 2013 Amber rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Grace Livingston Hill and this book is one of my all time favourites. I love that she manages to create a woman who both fulfills the feminine ideal of the time, whilst also having confidence and power over her own life. In many ways Shirley is my ideal sweet-alpha-female. I simply adore this book and highly recommend it.
Feb 13, 2011 Laurel-Rain rated it really liked it
Shirley Hollister is responsible for most of her family's expenses, as her father has died and her mother is ill. Bearing this burden has not made her bitter, however, and she has maintained optimism in the face of her family's troubles. The latest misfortune: the small house they are renting is being demolished and she must find a new home within the month.

Just when she has almost given up, she discovers an abandoned barn in the countryside while enjoying a rare trolley ride, and at the same ti
Jan 19, 2013 Franny rated it it was amazing
This is definately one of my favorite GLH books. It's about a girl named Shirley who must find somewhere for her five younger siblings and invalid mother to live. They are about to be kicked out of their small flat because it is going to be torn down, so Shirley must take a little time off from work and pray for God's help in finding a suitable home for her family. She wants to get them into the country, so she takes the bus out as far as it will go. She sees a beautiful old barn that is empty, ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.
This is a sweet, innocent little story, and our heroine must save the day not once, but at least three times. This is not the sort of tale where one might adopt the heroine as a role model, however--she is quite the hand in getting herself into sticky or unwise situations. I was half convinced she was going to come to ruin with the too-helpful, unbelieving young man, but no, she converts him. She might have been hurt by the desperate fellows who want her information, but her sweetness
The Enchanted Barn was my third GLH book to date, and my favorite by far! It was just so sweet and quaint and wholesome and left me with the best feeling in the world when I finished. I adored Shirley and was so happy to see her from other the characters' vantage point, because she possesses such a humble spirit that she doesn't think very highly of herself and her descriptions reflect that humility. And Mr. Sidney Graham--oh, be still, my heart! He ranks right up there with my favorite literary ...more
Jun 06, 2013 Ruthalwynn rated it liked it
Shelves: free-etext
I don't know where I got this author's name from, but it was on my list to look for free kindle books. I do try to look for books set in early 20th century New York as this one was. This is the kind of book I really would've enjoyed when I was in middle school. It's a cute little story about a (beautiful) girl who has to take care of her (well educated, but down on their luck) family and asks a (handsome,young,available) property owner if she can rent his barn for the summer. And then the man ...more
Jul 21, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
2008: An old favorite, reading it again right now with the Yahoo GLHill Group.


"The Enchanted Barn" delivers on its title, & provides readers with a delectable modern-era fairy tale.

Most of Grace Livingston Hill's novels weave a homespun adventure out of the stuff of everyday life; but in "Enchanted," she allows herself to push past the boundaries of practicality & fashion a beautiful tapestry of dreams come true.

Sweet, engaging characters; a smart & spunky
Jul 19, 2011 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heartwarming
I really love this book. Set in the early 1900's a young girl is faced with the prospect of caring for her ailing mother and her younger brothers and sisters. While working at her secretarial job, she must deal with having to find a home because their house is being torn down to make way for new construction. This is just a very easy to read, sit back and relax book. You don't have to think to deeply, just enjoy the words and a delightful stroll through a different time and place. Books about ...more
Aug 03, 2016 Miki rated it did not like it
NO. No, no, no. Way too much of the pure, perfect, poor girl, so ready to sacrifice herself for her family. WAY too much of the poor but aristocratic mother, too ill to take care of her children, but not too ill to proudly refuse help. Way too much of the handsome, kindly, and oh so noble young man, instantly smitten with aforementioned pure perfect girl. And WAY too much of a four-year child who speaks with all the clarity of Elmer Fudd - "pitty kitties", "mine muvver" and "my wuvly wuvly ...more
Morgan Parson
Jul 01, 2015 Morgan Parson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so cute! It was slow going at first and the characters weren't super complex, but it picked up about halfway through. The romance was sweet and innocent and refreshing, even if it was simple and a little cliche. One of my favorite parts about the book was how it detailed the makeover of a barn into a home. I could really see everything coming together, as if I was watching an episode of Property Brothers haha

In all, I thought it was a very sweet summer read, and I look forward to
Feb 29, 2012 Magda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I was reading this book at face value, but it was rather horrible in an Elsie-Dinsmore sort of way. Then it added Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was a marvelously charming and funny read, although very dated in terms of romantic honor and democracy v. station.

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Jul 12, 2012 Linore rated it really liked it
This is sweet romance with a capital S. Hill's characters have such strong moral fiber that you'll wish you were more like them, despite the fabric getting so thick at times that it threatens to turn dorky. Just when you're sure where the book is headed, Hill excels at inserting a good surprise here and there with enough plot-fuel to keep you happily reading. Sweet, nostalgic, and painless, the book also offers an utterly believable conversion done effortlessly by the author. Light summer ...more
Jan 12, 2014 Rhonda rated it really liked it
My parents went through a really nasty divorce when I was in middle school in the mid-70's. I was a big reader and I went through a Grace Livingston Hill period and read every book by her in my library. I think I was in need of gentle books about a more peaceful time. This was one of my favorites. Many of these are free for Kindle and worth the time. Note: there are Christian fiction and were written in early 1900's and might seem very dated and possibly sexist now to some readers.
Meri Anne
Apr 27, 2013 Meri Anne rated it it was amazing
This book is a complete package -- a story of love for family, religion without exaggeration, bravery, hope, & an old-fashioned romance which is innocent & sweet. I never got bored reading this one since the author had put up some twist & turns that made me enjoy the book more. How I wish life would always turn out this way. I had to give it 5 stars.
Jun 03, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
I have always enjoyed GLH novels and the Victorian era for which they are written. This is one of her better novels in my opinion. I really enjoyed the main character and her struggle to accept help graciously but still do all she could to provide for her family. I'm glad I found this book as an e-book so I could enjoy it again.
Pamela Cooper
Apr 15, 2013 Pamela Cooper rated it it was amazing
I especially enjoyed the emphasis on kindness and serving others. The beauty of the remodeling of the barn description made it very life-like. According to a Grace Livingston Hill book club, Grace had a friend who remodeled a barn somewhere. I'd love to see that actual barn.
Lin Stepp
Apr 22, 2011 Lin Stepp rated it really liked it
Spent eleven days in hospital ... and since home have been reading old Grace Livingston Hill books.
Loved The Enchanted Barn about the Hollister family's adventures.
Sweet, gentle inspirational books .... good for quiet days recuperating.
Feb 08, 2013 Luci rated it it was amazing
Sweet Grace Livingston Hill story. I've only read a few, but they're always a fun, quick read. I feel like they're palate cleansers between other books. This one is probably my favorite, with Cloudy Jewel and The Girl from Montana not far behind.
Gail Heinold
Aug 14, 2013 Gail Heinold rated it it was amazing
If you have girls this author is one of the best. Written over a hundred books. She writes stories of struggling young people with character and how they solve their problems. Some romance of the most innocent kind. I own at least 75 of her books to pass to granddaughters.
Joy Gerbode
Feb 23, 2016 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic re-read. I love GLH even though many of them are quite a bit the same, and most of them are rather preposterous scenarios. Still, they are light romances with a Christian message that I can read with a smile ... and a wish that life might really be such a fairy tale.
Jul 18, 2011 Kerri rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I find I really like the GLH books that have to do with making over a home. This one is a little different because they make a barn into a home, but it was sweet.
Katrina Hosking
Oct 04, 2013 Katrina Hosking rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the imagination of the main character, Shirley, to find somewhere for her family to live. Heartwarming story, keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.
Sharon Shadrick
Jun 05, 2013 Sharon Shadrick rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite GLH books. I have read this book multiple times as it always seems to offer encouragement. I think this book could easily be adapted into a movie.
The most delightful Grace Livingston Hill book I've ever had the pleasure to read. Just lovely!
Joanie Bruce
Aug 26, 2014 Joanie Bruce rated it it was amazing
I love most of Grace Livingston Hill’s books, and this is one of my favorites. Some readers complain that the main characters of her stories are “too good” and that the antagonist is “too evil,” but in my opinion, those extremes are what make the story conflict strong.

What I didn’t like: The story portrayed all rich people to be snobs and schemers, but in real life, this isn’t true. Also, there were a few minor details that seemed unbelievable. For example: When the main character, Shirley Holl
Christina Dudley
Aug 14, 2014 Christina Dudley rated it liked it
My first Grace Livingston Hill. I was prepared for *wholesome,* but this book went above and beyond. Heroine Shirley Hollister works as a lowly stenographer and wonders where she can move her ailing mother and many siblings when their tiny, stuffy, dark, city house is torn down. On a whim she goes for a trolley ride and spies a stone barn in the country. Good thing for her the barn belongs to Prince Charming. Seriously. The man had no flaws, that I could find, except for not sharing her faith, ...more
I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet look back at the early 1900's, involving a young secretary,Shirley, her widowed mother and four brothers and sisters. The family must move out of their cramped apartment as the owner is building a new apartment complex. Since they are very poor, the Hollister family has limited options for another home and time is running out. Shirley discovers a barn out in the country one day when traveling by trolley, thinking it might be exactly what they need for a ...more
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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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