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Phoebe Deane

(Miranda Trilogy #2)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  716 ratings  ·  47 reviews
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections
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Kindle Edition, 328 pages
Published March 4th 2009 (first published 1909)
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Feb 01, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From this and many other Grace Livingston Hill Books I learned about Salvation and how awesome our Lord is. It was through this author that I first found out that there was such a thing as Salvation the most valuble gift God ever gave to man---to me
melissa lingle
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Old fashioned but never outdated

Always sweet and well written, the wholesome stories told by Grace Livingston Hill always teach about good morals and delight the reader with tales that overcome adversity with ingenuity and love. If it's a story by Grace, you should read it. You will find your heart a little happier for it.
Jane M Wagner
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
IT was a good read, a tale of another time.

I enjoyed being. taken to another time and place, where a village was a close knit unit and good could triumph over evil
Even better than Marcia Schuyler, though even Marcia comes into her own better in this book. Miranda is easily the star of the series.
Bethany Rivera
*Warning- Spoilers*

Grace Livingston-Hill is not only a Victorian styled writer but many of her stories have a Christian or religious base. If you have read any of her novels, there are several mentions of God and other religious or biblical references. Out of all three novels in the Miranda series, Phoebe Dean is the most religious. That was not an issue and it did not deter my interest in the novel, but it was a main focus. So if you are not one who enjoys religious books or ideas, maybe skip
Wendy S. Delmater
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The title character, Phoebe Deane, has been an orphan since she was eight and is now 16. She's lived with her much older half-brother's family and while she gets along fairly well with him, Phoebe's half-brother's wife Ermaline is, to quote Phoebe's countrified friend Miranda, "..the meanest thing in the shape of a woman I've seen yit, an' I've hed some experience."

The story is set in the 1860s, during the time of the abolitionists, with a side order of the war in Texas with Santa Anna. You get
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Livingston Hill always writes a sweet, clean love story, with nasty hardships for the heroine to endure with patience, wisdom, and kindness. Phoebe, while quite passive in her responses to the horrible people in her life, is extremely courageous physically. You just want to bust her tormentors in the head. And, of course, there is a handsome, intelligent, gallant hero that strolls into her life, along with several other loyal friends who love her dearly. As in many of GLH's novels, there i ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage-novels
I've just recently discovered Grace Livingston Hill, and I'm SO glad that I did. I really enjoyed this book - it was pretty much what I expected, a Cinderella type story - but with a surprisingly twisted antagonist who seriously gave me the creeps. We are talking an expert level stalker and manipulator - I was NOT expecting a character like him in this, that's for sure! The "sidekick" character of Miranda was my favorite - I am happy to see she has a whole book to herself, I will definitely be c ...more
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you TriciaG for your excellent reading of Phoebe Deane by Grace Livingston Hill. I think this is my favorite book of Hill’s books and I love the part that Miranda (a common, down-home, honest girl) played in this story. She made me laugh each time. An excellent Cinderella type story where good wins out and evil is justified in the end.
Thomas E Maher
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Never disappointing

Good clean romance with underlying Christian truths. Grace Livingston Hill writes clearly and consistently bringing entertainment with well written stories. Though the setting is almost a century old, the morals and Christian truths are ageless.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another sweet romance with honorable main characters.
Debbie Sue
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
wow did not like this one at all the story line with the mean nasty jealous sister in law and he wannabe boyfriend and the jealous cousin all combining to try to take this poor girl down got real old real fast. I muddled through to the finally happy ending but would not read it again and would not recommend it
Another story set in 1830s America, this time with Phoebe, a neighbor of Marcia’s. On one hand the story is sweet and endearing, but on the other there’s a greedy and evil-minded villain and villainess, and Phoebe gets boxed into a nasty situation by very one-sided individuals. It was nice to see Miranda again and book three is sure to be interesting with her as main heroine.
Terry Yaceyko
Good read. The bad guy was very bad and Phoebe was a little more helpless than I liked...
Did I enjoy reading Phoebe Deane? Yes and no. Grace Livingston Hill manages to get me worried about the fate of the characters, manages to keep me reading. But. Part of me knows that a happy ending is always assured. Part of me feels silly to "worry" about what is going to happen next!

In Phoebe Deane, readers meet a young orphaned woman, Phoebe Deane, who is living with her half-brother and his family. (Her sister-in-law is AWFUL; so awful I can't find one positive thing to say about her! Becau
Rebecca Lewitt
I hate to give only 2 stars to any of Grace Livingston Hill's books. I love her novels and short stories--they are inspirational and beyond clean. If ever there is a chance to recommend an author to a young girl, I always suggest a GLH book. They are romance without even really any romance. They won't even lead a girl into the problems most clean and Christian romance novels will--daydreaming, focusing on romance too early, etc. They are PURE and beyond PURE. And usually quite entertaining. All ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Miche is correct -- once Miranda shows up (a third of the way in or so), she gradually takes over the book, partly because Phoebe is woefully passive. Didn't bother me because I tend to like GLH's secondary characters better than her hero and heroine anyhow, and because I don't read her books for the romance, but I can see why someone who viewed the romance as primary would end this book quite dissatisfied.

This was a "historical" when GLH wrote it, but unlike Marcia Schulyer, it doesn't feel nea
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-books, fiction
So we have sweet little old-fashioned romances on one side of the fence and intolerable, overemotional, unbearable soap operas on the other side. This book precariously teeters on the fence and doesn't end up landing on either side. Which is a good and bad all at once. The old-fashioned romance aura of it is quite easy on the mind and appealing to the heart. But the outrageously evil characters and the constant hand-wringing really started to get on my nerves. I don't like books that feature one ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance-novels, ebook
I've read this GHL before which was a good thing since this ebook had so many errors in it parts were practically incomprehensible. Especially the bits of dialect -- English as rendered by working folk who are either honest sons of the soil and the salt of the earth, or dirty no-goods, as my grandma would say. The program particularly seemed to have trouble with the capital letter R so that "Rose" was usually "Eose" and sometimes "Xose." It was very distracting so if you like GLH, get a print co ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This could have been titled "Miranda" instead since she shone in this book more than Phoebe. Miranda is the avenging angel, the knight in shining armor, AND the best friend all in one. Phoebe is sympathetic due to her circumstances, but too much happened to her rather than her doing much of anything. Even the love story felt flat. The inevitable wedding scene was seen through another person's eyes so we readers couldn't even experience that. Not a worthy followup to "Marcia Schuyler" except as a ...more
Sunflower Jamison
I could not put this book down.

It was a wonderful clean love story. My Aunt and Grandma used to read books by Grace Livingston Hill. This was in the1940's and I was too young to appreciate these books, as I was born in 1942. When I was 6 or 7 when I would see them reading. Now that I am much older this author's name came to my mind so I looked for her at the library ebooks to no avail. I should have known that Amazon would have ebooks by this author. I'm so glad that I got to read one of these b
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This isn't something I'd normally read. It was repetitive and so extremely predictable that I skipped probably a third of the book and didn't miss much. I wanted to know how things turned out but at the same time it wasn't that interesting. I think the author's good but maybe this isn't one of her better books. It was unpleasant to keep reading about that horrible family Phoebe lived with and how mean they were to her. There was a random subplot about the leading man's conscience and wanting to ...more
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize this was the second book of a trilogy. It was just okay for me. I read the kindle edition and there were a few typos. Some of the text was hard for me too read. I thought too much time was spent on the "villain" of the story. I wish more time was spent on how Phoebe and Nathaniel's relationship grows. I realize it was mostly through letters, but it was kind of skipped over so their relationship seemed based only on physical to me.
Disappointing. Love GLH books, but this one became so tedious reading endless pages of a stalker and a sister-in-law who can only be described as a shrew. The ending wasn't as satisfying as I needed after all of Phoebe's trials. It was nice to see characters from the other books in this trilogy. If you're reading the free Kindle edition from Amazon, please note there are tons of typos in the transcription. I'm sure GLH would be mortified.
Naomi Young
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2012, kindle
The sequel to Marcia Schuyler, this novel's title character is an orphan who is being pushed into marriage with an older, abusive man. Marcia and her husband David are supporting characters in this story, but the best scenes are stolen by Miranda, the plucky servant girl who has more initiative and imagination than a baker's dozen of Phoebes. It's clear why the three books featuring this dialect-speaking red-head are known as the Miranda trilogy.

Just a relaxing good time.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, adult, read-2012
A light romance fairly quick read. I liked the 'Cinderella' aspect of the book, I'm a sucker for Cinderella stories. The only reason I picked this book up was I ran across it while pulling books for the bookmobile and it sounded good. The writing style is from another time and sometimes I felt that the time the book was set and when it was written were at odds with each other.
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it was one that my Mom purchased long ago. Mom passed away in 1988 and I wondered what drew her to this book. It was a nice story about young love and the various hardships that we may face in life. Grace Livingston Hill wrote many books. This particular edition I read on my Kindle did include many errors.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Picked this freebie up on a whim, had never heard of the author. It's not a bad read and it has good pacing, keeping me curious enough to see what would happen to Phoebe and how she'd get away from her bitter, negative sister-in-law and the attentions of her creepy villainous neighbor. The writing style is simple - I might have enjoyed this book more as a tween.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Annoying 'heroine' who never seems to have any backbone and is applauded for her lily livered ways. The story is difficult enough to get through as it moves so slowly and vaguely but the unlikableless of pretty much every single character makes it almost painful to read.
May 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't an enjoyable read. The writing style was confusing and there were so many typos! I think I would have liked this story more if there wouldn't have been as much sadness. The whole book was nothing but Phoebe being yelled at. It was so frustrating!
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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.

niece to Isabella MacDonald Alden

Other books in the series

Miranda Trilogy (3 books)
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