Book Addicts: Re-released 'Amorelle' is an updated version of the classic

June 16, 2013 

  • 'AMORELLE' by Grace Livingston Hill; Barbour Books ($12.99)

A 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 would 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 because the second maid quit and the aunt now needs an unpaid drudge.

In her grief and vulnerability, Amorelle 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 hometown to stay with a friend. There Amorelle meets Russell Garrison, a young man who respects her and treasures her for her unworldly beliefs. Their shared love for Christ proves to be the foundation for the marriage she had hoped for.

My review: 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.

In re-releasing the book, the publisher attempts to make readers believe it is set in the 21st century, yet the references to maids and housekeepers reflect the lifestyle of the author's early 20th century. I found this story exactly as I remembered, simply with updated vocabulary for frock and roadster.

My rating: 4 out of 5. A hard genre to grade because the story is a 5, but the readability is a 3.

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