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The Gown Of Glory
Agnes Sligh Turnbull
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The Gown Of Glory

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David Lyall brings his new wife from the city to his rural manse expecting to stay only a year. Instead he is there for the long haul, bringing up his three children, and doing his best for his small community
Published (first published January 1st 1952)
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In this old novel from 1952, Agnes Sligh Turnbull tells us the story of a Presbyterian minister and his family in a small town in Pennsylvania at the turn of the century. When I began this book it read like it would be like another version of Alcott's "Little Women", a novel of which I am not a fan. But as I got into this novel I realized that "Gown of Glory" is a much more profound and interesting novel.

David Lyell, a Presbyterian minister in Pennsylvania, comes to a small town in Western Penns
This was a truly old fashioned book in the best meaning of the phrase. I loved the family from the beginning and found myself so immersed that when the shocking occurance happens, I think I was as surprised as the entire town. I don't know if there are more books about this same family, but I certainly want to know more about their lives. Thank you so much, Rachel, for indroducing me to this author. I am now on the lookout for more of her!
It isn't that Turnbull produced a great work of literature. This isn't a book for those aspiring to erudition. But it is a book I found encouraging. It summoned me back to the day of small things, reminded me that my place of service is in my corner of the world, that this here and this now is worth doing well, however un-glamorous it might be. And I needed that reminder when I read it.

As a sweet, old, encouraging story, I recommend this.
This is a sweet and gentle story set in a small town in 1900, describing the ups and downs of village life from the point of view of the local pastor and his family. Nicely paced, and not saccharine, I enjoyed this one.
Apr 02, 2008 Jan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jan by: My mom
I loved Agnes Sligh Turnbull as teenager, and still enjoy rereading her books. Her stories are almost all about ministers - clean - good characters - a little romance.
Quite a slight book in many ways, but also the kind of book that makes you feel better about life - that good things can happen to good people!
Wonderful story of a simpler time.
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Novelist Agnes Sligh Turnbull was born in 1888 in New Alexandria, PA. After a dozen years as a short story writer, Turnbull wrote her first novel, The Rolling Years, published in 1936. In the 14 additional novels she wrote over the next 40-plus years, Turnbull built a thorough chronicle of the Scots who settled and farmed rural Westmoreland County. Turnbull died in 1982.
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