Marjorie Wetherill grew up in a loving family among the wealthy and privileged—but she always knew she was adopted. And though she questioned how her birth family could give up a child, she was content and happy with her life. But when she faces her first Christmas alone after her parents’ deaths, she starts to wonder about finding her first family. A letter among Mrs. Wetherill’s things gives her the key to start a search that will change her life. Is Marjorie strong enough to learn of the past and face the reality of meeting her birth relations?
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As I have reported before, Grace Livingston Hill is one of my wife's favorite authors. Her books are called "Christian romance," and while there is "romance" in them, they are never trashy or tawdry. Even if you are not into "romance" but just like good, wholesome stories, you will find them in Mrs. Hill's books. In this one, Marjorie Wetherill was an adopted child, and when her adopted parents died she sought for her birth family. The worldly young man who wanted to marry her, Evan Brower, advised her against it, but she was driven to search for them. What she found and how it changed her life make for very interesting reading. Those of us associated with churches of Christ would not agree with the idea of being saved by just believing and the practice of celebrating Christmas as a religious holy day, but otherwise there is really very little to which one might object in this book, and we understand that these are very common ideas in the religious world. David Pratte in his Family Reading Booklist gave it a 3-star rating and said, "A young woman, who was adopted as a baby and raised in high society, is reunited with her natural parents who live in poverty. Encourages generosity, love for family, respect for God. Discourages partying and drinking. But contains some significant denominational error regarding salvation, Christmas, etc. This author has written many other similar books." When I finished the book, it left me with a positive feeling.
GLH has always been my favorite author. In fact, she was one of the main inspirations for who I wanted to be when I became an adult. I started reading her books when I was approximately nine years of age and that was a decent amount of years ago. I haven't found a story of hers yet that I did not like, and through the years, I have gathered quite a collection of them. Her style is timeless, the romance in the stories precious--definitely a good read. I would recommend them for any age, and any gender.
This particular story involves twins, sometimes a slight case of mistaken identity, and a menagerie of misconcepts from all sides. GLH blends romance with a realistic poignancy that has created a must read book.
- Chris Clark Davidson, author of 'A Time For Everything', & 'A Time To Live'