The Beloved Stranger by T C Hill
Jacob is a writer who moves to Savannah, Georgia, when his wife Melinda who works as a nurse gets transferred. New to being a Christian, his entire life, and that of wife, changes one day when Jacob takes an early morning walk on River Street. While on River Street he meets a old black man, who is homeless, named Mitch. Beyond Jacob's understanding, Mitch weighs heavy on Jacob's heart, and when he returns home he prays about Mitch. Feeling the LORD leading him, Jacob returns to River Street and searches for Mitch, and by the LORD'S Grace, finds him and takes him home. Unknown to Jacob, Mitch is dying. Will Jacob be able to have faith and help Mitch reunite with his family before he dies? And will a Miracle on River Street takes place after Mitch dies? Jacob will soon find out as the LORD takes him on a journey of the heart.
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1930's, Eastern America. Sherrill Cameron is dressed for her wedding day at her aunt's home, wearing rich creamy satin and a veil of rare lace clasped by a wreath of orange blossoms. She gently lifts her bouquet of roses into her arms, to see the full effect. The house is almost empty, everyone has already left for the church. Sherrill asks Gemmie, their servant, if she can be left alone for just a few minutes, to collect her thoughts, before she becomes a wife. And then, kind-hearted Sherrill remembers -- Mary, the cook, is confined to her bed with a broken kneecap, and had wanted to see Sherrill in her wedding dress. The rooms in the old house are arranged in a horseshoe shape, and Sherrill quickly turns through the rooms to go find Mary. Instead, as she hesitates by the slightly-opened door to the second room, she sees her bridegroom, Carter, arranging his tie, and unaware of Sherrill's presence. Sherrill drew back quietly into the shadow, not wanting Carter to see her, remembering the tradition that the groom should not see the bride on the wedding day, before the wedding. As she gazes at him lovingly, she sees the other door open, and Miss Prentiss, Carter's secretary, comes in. As Sherrill stares in disbelief, they fall into each other's arms and Carter kisses this other girl hungrily, lovingly, desperately. And before Sherrill's astonished heartbroken ears, he swears to this girl that he will love her always, that a man's secretary is closer to him than his wife, that he has to marry Sherrill for her money, but he will always love Arla Prentiss, and they will find ways to be together even after he is married to Sherrill. And then he puts Arla away, and heads off to the church, leaving Arla in the darkened room. And then Sherrill steps heartbrokenly into the room, and asks the other girl, "How long have you known him?" As the two girls talk, there seems only one solution to Sherrill -- she cannot marry Carter now -- and this girl wants to marry him, with all of her heart. So she takes off her wedding dress, and puts it on the stranger, and sends her to the wedding in her place. But Sherrill knows she must go, too, to see what happens, to see if Carter refuses to go through with it. As Sherrill heartbrokenly gets out of her car at the church, at the wedding that was almost hers, she trips and almost falls, but a passing handsome stranger catches her just in time. And offers to stay with her into the church as she slips quietly into a quiet balcony seat, hidden behind tall ferns. And from here, accompanied by the handsome stranger, Sherrill watches as her bridegroom . . . well, you will have to read the story to find out what happens next! This is one of my favorite of Grace Livingston Hill's books, highly recommended.
My gramma owns the books. I just read them. I think these books are very sad, romantic, lesson learning, life excperience books. They talk about god and people's life problems and how they learn lessons through life and how they communicate with each other. All in all I think these are very good books and I think more people should read them so they too can learn life lessons.