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The Big Blue Soldier

Grace Livingston Hill

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Back from the Great War, a penniless and disillusioned young soldier finds himself in the home of Miss Marilla Chadwick, a sweet old lady who is expecting her nephew for dinner. Mary Amber, Miss Marilla's neighbor, is also there. He hates girls. She hates men. What will be the result? He will fight girl in the concrete!

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Community Reviews

Funny how I remember this book so vividly from so many years ago.

Here we have the besotted aunt, who cannot wait for her nephew to come back from the war, so that she can do a little matchmaking with her sweet next door neighbor, Mary Amber. But the nephew blows her off, and so she finds a stranger

For a novella, this actually wasn't that bad...maybe I should bump the rating up to a 3...

I liked the hero character - you definitely feel sorry for him after he loses everything after coming back from the war. It's like that picture of a puppy dog caught in the rain - that's like the personificatio

It was too short, but very sweet and old fashioned. It was written in the 1920s so it talked of things I was not familiar with which was interesting. She is very good at describing what she writes and transports you back in time.

A sweet little novella with lots of little homey touches.

I enjoyed reading this story again for the first time since I was maybe twelve. Funny how vividly I remember parts of it! As a child, I didn't have a clue what "grippe" was, and I had no idea which war the hero was returning from. And Mary Amber's car? Yesterday, I looked up "runabout" online. Now,

I absolutely loved this and found it super sweet. I’m docking a point though because the ending left me feeling like I’d missed something. I think even just one conversation and some inner reflection added could have made it complete for me.
But it really touched the lonely places in my heart and cal

Grace Livingston Hill - one of the best writers of all time

If you love sweet and innocent romance there is none better than Miss Hill. Big Blue Soldier is one of my favorites. About a lonely soldier coming home from war who finds love, care & new meaning for living. I have everyone of here books tha

Sweet story but much too short!

Lovely little war romance, but ended too soon! It's not very plausible but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I wish it had gone at least ten chapters more.

The book starts with lonely Aunt Marilla, never married, very excited that her nephew would soon be home from the war. She's idolized him for years, and plans a feast for when he drops by her place on the way home. She's invited him; he's sure to come. Right? Right?

Her next door neighbor, a young wo

Since my version of this story is in a tome of three other books, I didn't realize how short it was until I turned the page and it was ... over.

Nevertheless, it was just another precious romance of Grace Livingston Hill. These characters, however, resolved their issues much more quickly. (I mean, h

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