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Review: Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill
Thursday March 24, 2016 at 3:34 pm |

crimsonroses-glhPublisher: Living Books
Published: January 1, 1992
Copyright: 1992
Pages: 236
Form: Paperback
Series: Classic (1)
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Alone in the city, Marion struggles to survive. Desperate to find a small bit of happiness, she impulsively spends some of her hard earned and terribly meager money on a season ticket to the symphony.

On the night of the second concert, something wonderful happens. There, on Marion’s seat in the concert hall, lies a beautiful, dark crimson rose! And every week after that, she finds yet another beautiful, fresh rose waiting for her at the concert hall! Marion is torn between joy at receiving the beautiful flowers and worry at not knowing who could be sending them.

Then, suddenly, Marion’s mystery flowers lead her into the confusing world of a wealthy man–and make her the target of a society beauty’s dangerous envy. . . .

My Thoughts

I don’t know what it is about this author’s writing style, but I always manage to be drawn into her stories.  Though I don’t read much Christian fiction, I’m glad to have read this one.

After Marion’s father dies and her scheming sister-in-law, Jenny, hides his will in which he leaves the house to her, her brother decides to sell the house and move the family to a farm in the country.  Marion decides to strike out on her own and follow her dreams of furthering her education and living in the city.  When she purchases season tickets to the symphony, she is surprised each time she arrives with a crimson rose.  Socially she draws the malicious attention of Isabel Cresson when the man she wants to be her beau pays more attention to Marion.

There were times in this book when I wanted to throttle Marion.  Not because I didn’t like her, but because she was such a doormat.  She let everyone and their Mama walk all over her and take advantage of her kindness.  Her naivete was grossly hindering to her at times and led her into a few confrontation she didn’t handle well at all.

Despite this I was absorbed into this story.  I was completely invested in Marion’s welfare and what happened to her.  It was a  joy to watch her grow and become more assertive in her own apple pie way.  Her courtship with the charismatic Jefferson was perfectly decent and charming.

This one got a bit preachy at times and I was a bit irritated that Marion would take pleasure in something and then completely second guess and berate herself for it, wondering if God would approve.  Besides that aspect, I didn’t mind the preachiness so much because it is a Christian fiction novel, and I was well aware of what I was getting myself into.  Overall a simple lovely story about personal growth, overcoming adversity, and love.

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2 Responses to “Review: Crimson Roses by Grace Livingston Hill”

  1. I love Christian fiction so I will have to check this out. In this genre, I’ve mostly read Francine Rivers but this looks good as well.
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Jade Jade says:

      I don’t read a lot of Christian fiction but I seem to really like this author. I’ve been to the used bookstore collecting her books. So I have plenty to read! I’ll have to check out Francine Rivers.