Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: Marcia Schuyler (1908)

Marcia Schuyler. Grace Livingston Hill. 1908. 224 pages. 

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.

Last month I reviewed Brentwood

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