Young pastor’s daughter, Amorelle Dean, is left alone when her father dies. When interfering church biddies offer advice on her future, even suggesting men who make a suitable husband, she feels pressured to accept her uncle’s invitation to go live with his family. Once she arrives she realizes her step-aunt only agreed to have her live with them because the second maid had quit and she needed an unpaid drudge.
In her grief and vulnerability, Arielle becomes engaged to George Horton, a family friend. Despite glaring differences, she is positive she will learn to love him. When events prove how incompatible she and George are, Amorelle returns to her home town to stay with a friend. There Amorelle meets Russell Garrison, a young man who respects her and treasurers her for her unworldly beliefs. Their shared love for Christ proves to be the foundation for the marriage she had hoped for.
Reading Grace Livingston Hill puts me in a time warp because we had every copy of her romances in our home library, and I spent many lazy hours devouring her stories as a young teen. Like all of Grace Livingston Hill’s books Amorelle has an otherworldly air about it. Reading any of Hill’s books is like catching a glimpse of a genteel lady in hat and white gloves sipping tea on the veranda. She requires a frame of mine far removed from our present-day pace. However, if you can adjust to the old-fashioned flavor, her books are like a cool drink of refreshing water.
What sets this book apart from other books by this author is the heroine allows herself to become engaged to an unbeliever. I don’t remember this happening in any other of her books.
Now being re-released, the publisher attempts to make readers believe this book is set in the 21st century, yet the references to maids and housekeepers reflects a lifestyle of the author’s early 20th century. I found this stories exactly as I remembered, simply with updated vocabulary for frock and roadster.
Rating: 4 out of 5. A hard genre to grade, because the story is a 5, however, the readability is a 3