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Condemned!Their old, crumbling apartment building had been condemned and would soon be demolished. Shirley Hollister had four weeks to find a place for her mother and little brothers and sisters to live.At last she found a beautiful old stone barn in the country and courageously asked the owner, young Sidney Graham, if she could rent it for the summer. Though he was amazedCondemned!Their old, crumbling apartment building had been condemned and would soon be demolished. Shirley Hollister had four weeks to find a place for her mother and little brothers and sisters to live.At last she found a beautiful old stone barn in the country and courageously asked the owner, young Sidney Graham, if she could rent it for the summer. Though he was amazed by her request, he agreed and became close friends with the family as the months passed.Then, one day, Shirley didn't come home from work. . . ....

Title : The Enchanted Barn
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ISBN : 9780842307680
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 248 Pages
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The Enchanted Barn Reviews

  • Kathleen
    2019-05-25 13:05

    This old Christian romance is FREE in a good audio versionnarrated by Gail Mattern. She has narrated several complete books by Grace Livingston Hill. Download the audiofile, or click the play arrows, at Librivox: Enchanted Barn is like a fairy tale, where love, hard work, courage, and faith outfox the forces of despair. A destitute family makes a home in an old stone barn, which unconventional and desperate act wins the interest of their debonaire millionaire landlord. The protagonist is the eldest child and "man of the family" — a young stenographer named Shirley. Because her father is dead and her mother is an invalid, she must work full time and manage her four younger siblings. At work, she finds herself in the midst of fraud and espionage attempts. Her courage and quick thinking saves the day (aided but not superseded by handsome, wealthy Sidney). Just the sort of thing I might have enjoyed when I was in grade school. It's like a combination of The Boxcar Children and Little Women (and Little Men), and the movies with Debbie Reynolds as Tammy -- or was it Sabrina? -- meeting a millionaire. In many ways, Grace Livingston Hill reminds me of old Hqn romances by Betty Neels, as for example The Right Kind of Girl.GLH wrote this in 1917, but there is no mention of the first world war. The story is set primarily in Philadelphia, but she never mentions that until the book is more than half over. Through storytelling, Hill attempts to portray Christ's love, while also extolling the merits of sibling love, filial love, and romantic love. She writes in third-person, with the POV primarily switching from Shirley to Sidney. Her writing style is too explicit for me. She leaves nothing to inference or interpretation, telling all. A "no-brainer" book.The romance was sweet, predictable, and "clean" (of course). I think I liked the " Swiss Family Robinson" theme best — seeing the little family make a barn into a home, leaving the crowded city behind for fresh country air, where the invalid could begin to recover her health. The spy scenes were also fairly engrossing. Characters:Mrs. Hollister, an invalid, a widow, has five children:Shirley Hollister, eldest child, a stenographer, age about 18-20George Hollister, eldest son, age about 14Carol Hollister, twin to George, age about 14Harley Hollister, youngest son, about 9Doris Hollister, 4 year-old toddlerSidney Graham, millionaire landlord and businessmanElizabeth Graham, his little sister, about 14There is something charming and heartwarming about Hill's books, even though she does occasionally become heavy handed on the "Christian life of faith" messages. However, in some books she does not even mention the Bible, as with The Best Man.

  • Danielle Reily
    2019-06-12 11:52

    My Mom and Grandmother gave me a lot of Grace Livingston Hill novels when I was a young girl. They are old fashioned, but they are overall sweet and innocent. I still like rereading them from time to time.The Enchanted Barn is one of my favourites, I like it because the main character, Shirley, is strong, independent, and very relatable.Like most of Hill's novels the story and the main character are very dependent on the kindness of a gentleman, Sidney Graham, who goes above and beyond what is neccesary to help Shirley and her family. Predictably Shirley and Sidney fall in love, he cares for her whole family, the family likes him, and he has the money to really help them all. Throw in some adventure, religious awakenings, and a couple twists, and top it all off with a happy ending. Predictable...yes, sappy...yes, but do I read them over and over...yes. Sometimes you want a happy ending.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-09 16:06

    Loved this sweet story! I tend to enjoy stories where the heroine has to do home makeovers, turning a less-than-ideal abode into home-sweet-home and Shirley and her enchanted barn did not disappoint. This is not quite Little House on the Prairie make-do-with-little given that the wealthy landlord is so generous with providing upgrades to the barn -- GLH had her hero and heroine making an old barn comfortable and chic well before it was vogue with today's celebrities and glossy home magazines ;-) But, Shirley and her family certainly have a brave spirit going to the barn in the first place and I love the her family and the Grahams influence one another and both benefit one another. I loved Sidney Graham. Loved that the Grahams are kind-hearted and generous rich people. Loved the relationship between Sidney and Shirley and that it really developed out of respect and admiration and friendship and that they were kindred spirits. I was surprised at a little bit of drama and gangster stuff at the end--it was very mild but still exciting. A great read, my first GLH and I look forward to more.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-02 11:19

    One of my favorite GLH books.

  • Franny
    2019-05-21 09:04

    This is definately one of my favorite GLH books. It's about a girl named Shirley who must find somewhere for her five younger siblings and invalid mother to live. They are about to be kicked out of their small flat because it is going to be torn down, so Shirley must take a little time off from work and pray for God's help in finding a suitable home for her family. She wants to get them into the country, so she takes the bus out as far as it will go. She sees a beautiful old barn that is empty, so she finds out who owns it and hurries back to town to see how much it would cost for her to rent it. She finds that it is within her means, and she enlists the help of the young millionaire who owns the barn in moving her family out there. It is such a delightful book because it shows how daily fresh air and useful occupations can help to revive a person, as well as how a lot of ingenuity and hard, cheerful, working together as a family, can make something beautiful out of "just a barn." It's a beautiful romance with a wonderful ending, so I hope you enjoy it, too!

  • Hannah
    2019-06-17 13:02

    3.5 stars.This is a sweet, innocent little story, and our heroine must save the day not once, but at least three times. This is not the sort of tale where one might adopt the heroine as a role model, however--she is quite the hand in getting herself into sticky or unwise situations. I was half convinced she was going to come to ruin with the too-helpful, unbelieving young man, but no, she converts him. She might have been hurt by the desperate fellows who want her information, but her sweetness convinces them to delay their dastardly plans just a bit.All in all, I doubt this book could find a publisher in today's market, because it's so unlikely and convenient a little tale. But I really enjoyed Shirley and her family anyway. It's a book that would be safe for all ages, but in small doses, since Shirley is an unwise example.And they all lived happily ever after...

  • Rob Roy
    2019-05-29 09:04

    My grandparents lived their sunset years in an apartment my grandfather had fashioned out of one section of a barn. The rest of the barn was intact, which gave we grandchildren a grand place to play, and their home was taxed as a barn. The named it the Enchanted Barn from this book by Grace Livingston Hill. Well, after all these years I finally got around to reading it. It is basically a Horatio Alger story with the main character being a woman. It is terribly dated and Victorian, yet compelling nonetheless. Sheer pluck and a strong faith in God will win the day is the theme.

  • Amber
    2019-05-24 16:13

    I'm a huge fan of Grace Livingston Hill and this book is one of my all time favourites. I love that she manages to create a woman who both fulfills the feminine ideal of the time, whilst also having confidence and power over her own life. In many ways Shirley is my ideal sweet-alpha-female. I simply adore this book and highly recommend it.

  • Twist
    2019-05-21 16:05

    This is my favorite book by Ms. Hill, and I think I have read them all multiple times. Her books are innocent, yet they have intrigue. They are sweet romances. They describe an era that is long past, and bring some of it to light.Shirley is a smart level headed stenographer who is the main breadwinner for her family. Sidney is a young business man who falls in love with her.There is a beautiful country backdrop and a lot of imagination. I highly recommend this book.

  • Laurel-Rain
    2019-05-22 14:17

    Shirley Hollister is responsible for most of her family's expenses, as her father has died and her mother is ill. Bearing this burden has not made her bitter, however, and she has maintained optimism in the face of her family's troubles. The latest misfortune: the small house they are renting is being demolished and she must find a new home within the month.Just when she has almost given up, she discovers an abandoned barn in the countryside while enjoying a rare trolley ride, and at the same time, overhears a conversation about the owners.What kind of strength must it take for such a proud young woman to approach the owners and ask to rent the barn for the summer?But when she meets the owner, Sidney Graham, her fortune takes a sudden turn for the better. Not only is she able to rent the barn, but the owner insists on making it more habitable.Over the course of the next few months, many unexpected blessings come to Shirley Hollister. Where will the journey to the "enchanted barn" take her and her little family? What unique adventures lie just around the corner for her? And what danger will she face that will bring her even greater blessings?"The Enchanted Barn" is a book I read many years ago. The author's other books also seemingly fell off the shelves into my eager hands back then. Recently, I decided to take the journey again, rediscovering the stories and finding out if my thoughts about them were different, after all these years.What I discovered is that the basic story still enchanted me, even though other aspects of the writer's style would no longer appeal to me these days. The characters seemed overly stilted in their dialogue, which could have more to do with the times in which the tales are set than anything else. I also had some difficulty wrapping my mind around the moralistic tone that seemed a bit heavy-handed at times. Despite these issues, I did enjoy wandering down memory lane and exploring this old treasure that reminds me of a fairytale with a moralistic twist.I did have some issues with the e-book, too, as several "typos" and missing portions of words and even sentences sometimes made it difficult to follow the story. However, the basic tale seemed similar to the original I read many years ago. For old-time's sake, I'm awarding four stars for this one.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-14 12:57

    The Hollisters are in a hard situation. Their father is dead, their mother is ill, there are five children to care for, and the apartment they live in is going to shut down in a few months.Shirley, the oldest girl, works as a secretary. One day she is let off early, and she decides to take the trolley and search for houses or apartments to rent. There seems to be nothing, until she hears about an old stone barn sitting empty. . . .She questions the owner about the barn and he later gives her a cheap rent price. The man is tall, dark, handsome, and unbelievably rich, but something in the poor young lady’s manner and eyes interests him. She is different than any girl he has ever known. And to have the courage to live in a barn!The man, Sidney Graham, decides to help Shirley. So, he adds a few things to the barn and gives them a low rent.Later in the story there is an exciting twist, which you’ll have to find out by reading the book. . . .

  • Kristin
    2019-05-19 09:11

    The Enchanted Barn was my third GLH book to date, and my favorite by far! It was just so sweet and quaint and wholesome and left me with the best feeling in the world when I finished. I adored Shirley and was so happy to see her from other the characters' vantage point, because she possesses such a humble spirit that she doesn't think very highly of herself and her descriptions reflect that humility. And Mr. Sidney Graham--oh, be still, my heart! He ranks right up there with my favorite literary heartthrobs.This was one book that just kept getting better and better. And, even if it does seem far-fetched (a family... living in a barn?), the author admits the entire way through just how far-fetched the whole thing sounds.One of my new favorites!

  • Ruthalwynn
    2019-06-14 13:01

    I don't know where I got this author's name from, but it was on my list to look for free kindle books. I do try to look for books set in early 20th century New York as this one was. This is the kind of book I really would've enjoyed when I was in middle school. It's a cute little story about a (beautiful) girl who has to take care of her (well educated, but down on their luck) family and asks a (handsome,young,available) property owner if she can rent his barn for the summer. And then the man plays fairy godfather, he and his family fall in love with their family. There are a couple of adventures, a bit of praying... and then some preaching. None of the characters have any depth but it's a pleasant story with sunshine and flowers and money being thrown around.

  • Jean
    2019-06-12 14:16

    I really love this book. Set in the early 1900's a young girl is faced with the prospect of caring for her ailing mother and her younger brothers and sisters. While working at her secretarial job, she must deal with having to find a home because their house is being torn down to make way for new construction. This is just a very easy to read, sit back and relax book. You don't have to think to deeply, just enjoy the words and a delightful stroll through a different time and place. Books about people overcoming adversity and coming out on top always make me very happy! I've read this book at least 5 times and enjoy it every time.

  • Miki
    2019-06-17 10:56

    NO. No, no, no. Way too much of the pure, perfect, poor girl, so ready to sacrifice herself for her family. WAY too much of the poor but aristocratic mother, too ill to take care of her children, but not too ill to proudly refuse help. Way too much of the handsome, kindly, and oh so noble young man, instantly smitten with aforementioned pure perfect girl. And WAY too much of a four-year child who speaks with all the clarity of Elmer Fudd - "pitty kitties", "mine muvver" and "my wuvly wuvly twee". Bleah.

  • Morgan Parson
    2019-06-12 13:02

    This book was so cute! It was slow going at first and the characters weren't super complex, but it picked up about halfway through. The romance was sweet and innocent and refreshing, even if it was simple and a little cliche. One of my favorite parts about the book was how it detailed the makeover of a barn into a home. I could really see everything coming together, as if I was watching an episode of Property Brothers haha In all, I thought it was a very sweet summer read, and I look forward to reading some more of Grace Livingston Hill's novels.

  • Magda
    2019-05-28 09:18

    At first, I was reading this book at face value, but it was rather horrible in an Elsie-Dinsmore sort of way. Then it added Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was a marvelously charming and funny read, although very dated in terms of romantic honor and democracy v. station.(view spoiler)[I think my favorite part was when Shirley, about halfway through what seems to be a romance and family book, becomes involved through her stenography job with some criminals. It was thoroughly unexpected, especially that late in the book! (hide spoiler)]

  • Linore
    2019-05-24 12:51

    This is sweet romance with a capital S. Hill's characters have such strong moral fiber that you'll wish you were more like them, despite the fabric getting so thick at times that it threatens to turn dorky. Just when you're sure where the book is headed, Hill excels at inserting a good surprise here and there with enough plot-fuel to keep you happily reading. Sweet, nostalgic, and painless, the book also offers an utterly believable conversion done effortlessly by the author. Light summer reading by a master of the genre.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-30 13:02

    My parents went through a really nasty divorce when I was in middle school in the mid-70's. I was a big reader and I went through a Grace Livingston Hill period and read every book by her in my library. I think I was in need of gentle books about a more peaceful time. This was one of my favorites. Many of these are free for Kindle and worth the time. Note: there are Christian fiction and were written in early 1900's and might seem very dated and possibly sexist now to some readers.

  • Meri Anne
    2019-06-14 15:15

    This book is a complete package -- a story of love for family, religion without exaggeration, bravery, hope, & an old-fashioned romance which is innocent & sweet. I never got bored reading this one since the author had put up some twist & turns that made me enjoy the book more. How I wish life would always turn out this way. I had to give it 5 stars.

  • Carol
    2019-05-18 09:07

    Of all the many, many Grace Livingston Hill books I've read, this one is my fave. I just love the idea of it! The family comes together under the daughter's leadership as she tries to keep her family together by making an old barn into a home. I am listening to the audio version of this book too, even though I've read it a few times.

  • Melissa
    2019-06-15 13:17

    I have always enjoyed GLH novels and the Victorian era for which they are written. This is one of her better novels in my opinion. I really enjoyed the main character and her struggle to accept help graciously but still do all she could to provide for her family. I'm glad I found this book as an e-book so I could enjoy it again.

  • Pamela Cooper
    2019-05-23 13:01

    I especially enjoyed the emphasis on kindness and serving others. The beauty of the remodeling of the barn description made it very life-like. According to a Grace Livingston Hill book club, Grace had a friend who remodeled a barn somewhere. I'd love to see that actual barn.

  • Lin Stepp
    2019-06-02 14:10

    Spent eleven days in hospital ... and since home have been reading old Grace Livingston Hill books. Loved The Enchanted Barn about the Hollister family's adventures. Sweet, gentle inspirational books .... good for quiet days recuperating.

  • Luci
    2019-05-25 10:04

    Sweet Grace Livingston Hill story. I've only read a few, but they're always a fun, quick read. I feel like they're palate cleansers between other books. This one is probably my favorite, with Cloudy Jewel and The Girl from Montana not far behind.

  • Gail Heinold
    2019-05-26 12:52

    If you have girls this author is one of the best. Written over a hundred books. She writes stories of struggling young people with character and how they solve their problems. Some romance of the most innocent kind. I own at least 75 of her books to pass to granddaughters.

  • Joy Gerbode
    2019-06-11 08:15

    Another fantastic re-read. I love GLH even though many of them are quite a bit the same, and most of them are rather preposterous scenarios. Still, they are light romances with a Christian message that I can read with a smile ... and a wish that life might really be such a fairy tale.

  • Kerri
    2019-06-02 14:51

    I find I really like the GLH books that have to do with making over a home. This one is a little different because they make a barn into a home, but it was sweet.

  • Katrina Hosking
    2019-06-01 08:11

    Enjoyed the imagination of the main character, Shirley, to find somewhere for her family to live. Heartwarming story, keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next.

  • Jane
    2019-05-29 07:53

    A little heavy on the moralizing, but an enjoyable romantic fantasy. I most enjoyed it for its Boxcar Children-esque "making comfort and happiness out of nothing" feel.