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Marcia takes her sister's place at the altar. When Kate returns, determined to win David back, Marcia must fight to save the man she loves from a web of lies and deceit....

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Marcia Schuyler Reviews

  • Duane
    2018-12-08 21:31

    If you have never read any of Ms.Hill's novels, I would like to recommend this one as a good start. She wrote over 100 novels along the lines of Louisa May Alcott, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Simple stories, romantic, heart warming. What's not to like? They provide a short, easy read, a nice break when one is needed.

  • Heather
    2018-11-28 23:58

    When I was younger, we would go visit my great-aunt during the summers. She lived in this bitty town in nowhere-southern Indiana. She talked non-stop, called everyone by their first and middle names together, set her thermostat at 60 degrees, and cooked with real butter and cream. She told everyone how to do everything. For entertainment, we would drive around to check on how the corn was doing or out to the old farm in Paxton or down to Vincennes to see the new prison. When the drive was over, there would still be 6 1/2 days of visit left to fill, and all that was left was walking to the Walmart and reading through her bookcase. She had *the most* moral selection of literature, including dozens of novels by Grace Livingston Hill that had belonged to her mother. I used to average about three a day, lying on the floor in the study while the air conditioner blasted and my great-aunt told my mother the best way to do laundry.This novel was always one of my favorites because it wasn't a contemporary -- kind of hysterical since even her contemporary novels now read like the fustiest of period pieces. Anyway, being set in the early 1830s seemed like a reasonable excuse for being so unbelieveably wholesome.As usual, my favorite parts are the details -- clothes, food, houses. The characters are over the top -- dastardly cad Harry Temple, saintly younger sister Marcia, brazen hussy Kate... you get the idea. My favorite line describes our hero: "His hands were white and firm, the fingers long and shapely, the hands of a brain worker." Which has to be the least attractive compliment ever. But the book reminds me of my great-aunt who made the best mashed potatoes, and my mother who used to say that if the hero wanted his marriage to succeed, he would stop calling his wife "child" -- not her idea of a successful endearment -- and who had read through my great-aunt's bookcase during the summers when she was a girl.

  • Sophie
    2018-12-09 22:43

    Marcia Schuyler revolves around Marcia and her sister Kate and their relationship with David Spafford. The story begins a few days before Kate is to wed David. Marcia sees David's worth and rejoices in her sister's good fortune, but Kate herself finds David too staid and moralising. As a result, she elopes with another man the night before the wedding. On the morning of the wedding, the Schuyler family discovers Kate's note explaining what she has done, and Mr. Schuyler, disgraced by his daughter's betrayal, offers his younger daughter, Marcia, to David as recompense. Marcia, seeing David's heartbreak, and eager to help him avoid the embarrassment of returning home without the bride he came to fetch agrees, as does David. Marcia is seventeen, but described as a child just approaching womanhood. David is twenty-seven so the difference in their ages is a little uncomfortable, although that kind of age difference was common in romances of old.Marcia and David are married by chapter six and the rest of the book chronicles the trials of their marriage--Marcia moving away and dealing with David's interfering aunts, David dealing with his broken heart, and both dealing with the fallout of swapping one bride for another--and the romance as they eventually find each other. It's not a story that contains many surprises (it's a romance after all, and we know where it's headed) but the journey is an enjoyable one. My biggest criticisms of the book would be the one-dimensional characters--the good characters (Marcia and David) are impossibly good; Marcia, especially, never puts a foot wrong, is admired by all who see her, and practically has woodland characters following her and singing to her like some animated Disney heroine; and the bad characters are saturated with evil (Kate, for instance, and her cohort, Harry Temple, who plot to ruin Marcia to revenge themselves on David)--and the overwrought prose. I also felt there were certain class distinctions that grated on my modern sensibilities (for instance, lower-class characters are given dialect, even in written letters) and the "third act" drags a bit as characters achieve realizations we thought they'd reached long ago, or reach the same conclusion over and over.The story takes place in the 1830s and one subplot revolves around the development of a steam railway in Albany, NY. David is a journalist with his own small-town newspaper, but somehow is involved in making the dream of a steam railway a reality. Hill is rather vague on how a journalist is involved in making the railway happen, but it is a convenient plot device to get David out of town about halfway through the novel. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story--Hill does a good job of recreating the era and some details were fascinating. For instance, at an evening gathering to celebrate David and Marcia's wedding we're told, "They served cake and raspberry vinegar then, and a little while after everybody went home." Do you suppose they drank the vinegar? Or dipped the cake in it? And was that a well known signal for everyone to go home? It's an intriguing question.Overall, I liked the book. It held my attention and I wanted to keep reading it. I never felt like I was slogging through it, and I definitely want to read the remaining two books in the Miranda trilogy (Phoebe Deane and Miranda).

  • Emily
    2018-12-05 20:32

    This book was so fascinating that I could hardly put it down or stop thinking about it. I read it as fast as I could because I just *had* to know the ending! The story revolves around 3 people whose lives are forever changed the day of a wedding. I can't say more without exposing the main theme of the story - the main problem to be dealt with. I found it very captivating. It's not necessarily a happy read for a good chunk of the book. It can be quite heartbreaking and emotionally taxing as you long to see right prevail, and redemption and happiness and true love win. It is so beautiful to watch that unfold, but a little heartbreaking at the same time. There are scoundrels in the book who plot mischievous things and serve to keep you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath for the outcome. In the end, though it was very sad at times, I found the story to be quite beautiful and satisfying. I would definitely read it again!

  • Nancy
    2018-11-24 00:47

    This book, written in 1908, was a surprise to me concerning the "soap opera" content. Jealous women, beguiled men...

  • Jerry
    2018-12-12 02:52

    Different than usual for this author...but still enjoyable.

  • Becky
    2018-12-08 19:35

    This is my third time to read Marcia Schuyler. The first time, I loved it. The second time, I merely liked it. The third time around, I just loved it again. The plot is unusual in a way. Marcia Schuyler was supposed to be a bridesmaid for her sister, instead she became the bride and married her sister's intended groom. All with the permission of the parents...and the groom of course! Her sister decided the morning of the wedding that she was marrying the wrong man, she decided to elope with someone else instead. It was an awkward situation, the awkwardness being somewhat postponed by the switching of the brides. Most people not realizing until the middle of the ceremony what had happened. Marcia is soon swept away to her new home, new town, new life. Still wearing her sister's clothes, still trying to be someone she's not quite. It's a safe marriage, a happy one too, for the most part. David and Marcia are quite friendly with one another, very respectful of one another. This is a romance novel where the falling in love occurs after the wedding ceremony. The novel can be dramatic in places; readers have not heard the last from sister Kate! And there is another villain, Harry, who also has a role to play. The novel features many memorable characters: David has three aunts, then there's the neighbor girl, Miranda, and then there's Hannah, a woman who was desperate to catch David and is still resentful. The novel is set in America in the 1830s. A subplot in this one is the 'progress' of the nation and the introduction of the steam engine, the railroad. It all being oh-so-new and oh-so-dangerous. David is for the railroad, many others are not. Much of Marcia's story is set within the home involving the keeping of the household: cooking, cleaning, sewing, etc.

  • Sally
    2018-12-15 19:50

    I have always loved this romance, written by an absolutely gifted author. I read this book first when I was fourteen years old and I believe it affected my thoughts and ideas of romance at that young age. Rediscovering the story of sweet, self-sacrificing Marcia Schuyler was like calling up an old friend.This tale takes place many years ago, before feminism meant women could be rude and unwomanly. Marcia is a gracious soul who makes her wedding vows in the place of her worldly older sister, and means to keep them both to the letter and to the spirit of each word. She honors, loves, and obeys, finding herself falling in love with the man who is but should not have been her husband.Enter a neighborly, uneducated young woman and a conniving, wicked-hearted fop, and you have the makings of an at-home drama. I adore Grace Livingston Hill!

  • Christy
    2018-11-26 20:46

    I probably would not re-visit this author; the writing style meanders along with many ponderings and descriptions and I was always ready to get back to the story. It's quite romantic (not my favorite) but a nice story of Marcia finding love without Kate. There's deception and twists but still within the pages it was mostly about romance of some sort. I don't know if I ever really knew any of the characters, even Marcia; she just never seemed real. Quite fairy-tale like and the story is written with much drama.

  • Naomi Young
    2018-12-13 20:37

    The Hill-athon continues. Best implausible plot yet -- yes, implausible even for Hill! When Marcia's sister leaves her groom at the altar, her father's solution to save face is to marry Marcia to the groom instead. Now Marcia has always loved David, and never thought her sister was worthy of him. So, now she is the wife of the man she idolizes -- but will she ever be able to express that love, or receive it in return? Big sister decides to get her man back; there are critical maiden aunts aplenty; but Love Conquers All.

  • Sandy
    2018-12-17 00:52

    Hill's writing is full of vague pearl clutching over events that are never really explained in any sort of understandable way because apparently they're just too scandalous to put into words. I read a lot of her books when I was a kid because they were some of the only things in the house to read, and about the only think I enjoyed in them was the descriptions of the lifestyle (clothes, meals, homes, social events).

  • Janice S
    2018-11-28 23:34

    This is a sweeeet old-fashioned romance. Makes you smile. Others have put this on their "Christian" bookshelf, but I don't think this is a Christian book. The main characters are Christian, but religion isn't the focus of the story. The fact that you have Christian characters doesn't make it a "Christian" book. At least not to me.

  • Susan
    2018-12-15 22:35

    First, I am a Grace Livingston Hill fan, and collect her books. I found this ebook version on Amazon for free, and was so excited to read it. It was true to form, set at the time of the first steam railways in the USA. It was a sweet Christian romance of the old style. Loved it!

  • Gwen Hopkins
    2018-11-30 22:44

    A wonderful love story.This book was a page turner. There being several twists that were not expected. The characters portrayed many emotions that everyone has experienced at various times.

  • Mikayla
    2018-12-18 02:57

    This book was very different then any other Grace Livingston Hill I've read, but it was still awesome. The story was sweet and I loved the characters.

  • Floris
    2018-12-08 01:53

    One of my all time favorite..

  • Xondra Day
    2018-12-11 20:46

    Lovely historical! Of course when the author first wrote this book it wasn't a historical. This was a great romantic read. It was sweet and simple. I enjoyed it a lot.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2018-11-21 02:46

    Marcia Schuyler (Miranda Trilogy #1), Grace Livingston Hill

  • Barbara
    2018-12-15 20:43

    One of my favorites

  • Amy
    2018-11-21 01:42

    My all-time favorite Grace Livingston Hill book. I read it at least once a year. Usually two or three times. Beautiful and sad and historically relevant, with the sweetest hint of Godly romance.

  • Raegan
    2018-12-05 19:37

    This was okay. The first 2/3 dragged, but the last 1/3 was sweet.

  • Wendy S. Delmater
    2018-11-25 00:57

    Add a star if you like Sweet Romance, add another if you like mildly Christian fiction. This story seems to have had a Jacob wants to marry Rachel and gets stuck with Leah inspiration, but with an interesting twist and rather happier ending. It's vividly set in the 1850s, before the Civil War. The story starts on what will be, unbeknownst to her, the last day of Marcia's trusting childhood. She wants a new dress, but with all the expenses for her sister's wedding, she decides to earn the money for the fabric by picking blackberries, and sew the dress herself. That evening her family is astonished at the change in her with the simple dress and a new hairstyle. She's becoming a woman. That evening Kate goes out with friends for one last time before getting married, and gets dropped off by a man her father considered an unsuitable suitor. The next day, out-of-town David Spafford is set to marry Marcia's older sister, Kate, whom he's enamored of but barely knows. Marcia admires David greatly and looks forward to him being her brother-in-law. David basically chose Kate thinking she was a decent gal, like his friend her father. Not hardly. Kate puts on an act when David's there, but she's haughty, petulant, domineering, and selfish. And on the morning of the wedding they find that Kate has run off with the earlier suitor. The family honor will be in tatters when it becomes known. David (whom Marcia admires) is devastated, and Marcia offers herself as a substitute bride. The substitution is made, and no one realizes it was Marcia under that veil until they exchange vows. David is at first very grateful, and treats her like a sister, but he still pines after Kate. Within a few days he realizes what a selfish, stupid thing he's done, and how it might hurt Marcia, but he cannot back out. He's consumed with guilt. Marcia makes the best of it but slowly realizes she's traded any future happiness for her family's honor. And just when she is starting to find some comfort in the marriage of convenience, her sister shows up and--despite being married to someone else--makes a play for getting David back. The circumstances that cause David and Marcia to finally realize they actually love each other are too intricate and wonderful to give away here but definitely worth reading about. And much of it has to do with a freckle-faced, corker of a lonely girl named Miranda they rescue from an unloving home to live with them as a maid. Miranda is one of those secondary characters that demands her own book, and she gets two of them after this. That's why this is subtitled Miranda Trilogy, #1.

  • Bethany Rivera
    2018-11-25 21:33

    Reading Grace Livingston-Hill is new for me but certainly not new for my family. My grandparents, who live in California, sent over two boxes of her novels and works. If you’re a fan of Livingston-Hill you’ll understand how very many books that is. On Goodreads alone, it says she had 220 distinct works. Luckily, I’ve just received around 60 or 70 of her works-so get ready for a lot of Livingston-Hill book reviews.*Warning-Spoilers* My opinion of the first book would be that it was difficult- not in the sense that it was slow or not easy to get into. This novel was published in 1808, and it was more of the mindset that was difficult to get into. For instance, when Kate runs away and marries her Beau. The Schuyler's are devastated and betrayed, but what bothers them more than the family name being slandered, is that David will be wife-less and would be embarrassed returning home as a single man. Being a 24 year old woman, I would never think that if I decided to leave a fiance and elope with another man...that my father would insist my 17 year old sister marrying my abandoned fiance. Once getting past the generation and era difference and simply realizing things were different in 1808-I truly enjoyed the book. It is a romance novel, the entire trilogy is, and it is beautifully done. It is shown when Marcia holds her vows and respects them, even though they are made to a man who should not have been her husband. How she truly falls in love with David and they spend the remainder of their years together. Marcia truly is a feminist of her time. I do have to say, the characters did not seem real or “fleshed out” at some parts, but it truly is worth reading and finishing the trilogy. The best part of the novel for me was the introduction of Miranda (it is called the Miranda trilogies for a reason!) and her cheeky personality.

  • Leah
    2018-12-01 21:32

    Great romance book. I had read the second book in the trilogy first and was greatly intrigued by the characters and just wanted to find out how the got together. really enjoyable book to read, though some characters storylines are left hanging there stories are not concluded would have love to know what happened to them.

  • Cyn
    2018-12-17 22:35

    Loved itI've loved Grace Livingston Hill and her stories since my early teens, but this is the first time I've read this book. Oh why did I wait! Such a great only she can write.

  • Melanie C
    2018-12-04 01:36

    Beautiful story of two hearts thrown together and growing together. Ms. Hill was a master of her craft; each of her stories put you right there in the thick of each scene.

  • Violinknitter
    2018-12-14 21:39

    I don't know what I would think of this book today, but I read it over & over as a teenager.

  • Anna Marie
    2018-11-29 23:45

    It's been a while since I did the Grace Livingston Hill scene, so... I picked up one at a garage sale and sat down with it. It wasn't as good as her 'Crimson Roses' (<< my favorite GLH book), but it was a decent read.Kate is spoiled and beautiful. She's engaged to a handsome, wealthy, upright gentle man named David Spafford, long-distance. He has been to visit once or twice, and the family loves him, very much - including Kate's 17-year old sister, Marcia. Then, on the eve of Kate and David's wedding, Kate elopes with a party boy friend of hers, leaving everyone in the lurch. To make things easiest on both families (and on David), Marcia agrees to step in and marry him in her sister's stead.But David is so grieved by the loss of his love, the breaking of a vow, the shattering of the bright future he envisioned, that he turns inward, and then to his work, all but ignoring Marcia completely. She's alone in his hometown, far from family and friends, harped at by his elderly aunts and mocked by his neighbor (who fancied him hers). And just when it seems so hopeless, Kate decides she wants David back, and that her sister was living on her seconds long enough.I... didn't like David. Upright he might've been, but completely self-centered the entire book. He hurt Marcia as much as Kate, the neighbor girl, and the old aunts did. I didn't like that about the book. I understand that it sometimes goes that way, but... it was painful and unfulfilling when he 'realizes' how special Marcia is.

  • Coffee
    2018-11-19 03:38

    I dropped the book.I reached until Marcia lift with David to their new life. I loved the village I loved the simplicity of their living but I don't have any love for Marcia she is too self-center for my taste. How she dismissed people in her arrogant way. With poor Marry Ann (who I believe is more real and kind then Marcia will ever be.) and the gentle H.W ( I remember his initial only. Unfortunately, I am Bad at names) and how she give the captain L. Her back as he don't equal any thing (which maybe right I don't now but this behavior isn't expected from a gentle woman. ) I know in the end she probably will end up with David declaring his love. They both deserve each other. P.s : I think Mary Ann deserves her own book. A coming of age where she will end up in a better setuation then Marcia but from Hill's type of book it's highly unlikely as she wrote mostly about self centered beautiful girl.

  • Mary Helene
    2018-11-26 19:28

    My first impression: stilted language, idealized setting,impossible plot, but now I'm beginning to think that this is the convention. I have limited experience reading romance. I've generally disdained it, to be frank, but recently I've been wondering what romance (and its wide readership) is really about. Here's my thoughts on this one: the hero goes through 6 stages: (1) deceived and thus addicted (2) personal realization of his addiction - the kiss in NYC and subsequent soul searching night (3) realization that the object of his addiction is nasty, in a word (when he reads the letters) (4) realization that he has wronged, seriously wrong the heroine (this thread has been growing slowly (5) an effort to look at life from the heroine's point of view - the examination of the bonnet being a metaphor - and (6) the intention to make amends. This kind of mythic journey makes for an engaging story. It's a shame that the characters seem to be cardboard symbols.