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Cloudy Jewel

Grace Livingston Hill

Book Overview: 

Julia Cloud, the oldest--and most responsible--child of her family, helped raise her four siblings due to their mother's long-time illness and father's death. After faithfully nursing two ill brothers (who died), she then cared for her invalid mother for many years. When Julia's mother passes on, her only surviving sibling Ellen fully expects--and nearly demands--that her spinster sister come live with her family. But to earn her keep, Julia must be their live-in housekeeper and babysitter for Ellen's four children. But Julia's college-age niece and nephew arrive unexpectedly from California and offer Aunt Cloudy Jewel a surprise opportunity she never expected in her wildest dreams.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Perhaps this was the time to repeat Herbert’s threat.

“Herbert feels,” she began, “that if you refuse his offer now he can’t promise to keep it open. He can’t be responsible for you if you take this step. He said he wanted you to understand thoroughly.”

Julia Cloud turned and walked with swift step to the little parlor where lay the paper she and Mr. Luddington had just signed, and a copy of which he had taken with him. She returned to her astonished sister with the paper in her hand.

“Perhaps it would be just as well for you to read this,” she said with dignity, and put the paper into Ellen’s hands, going back to her clearing of the table.

There was silence in the dining-room while Ellen read, Julia moving on quiet feet about the table, putting things to rights. She had finished her part of the argument. She was resolutely putting out of her mind the things her sister had just sai. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Only a bit of this was romance, unlike most of Mrs. Hill's stories. I enjoyed it for the most part. Interestingly, I read much of it on the Lord's Day, and much of the earlier part of the book focused on reasons for keeping the Sabbath (Lord's Day) holy. The main characters were fun and sweet, if...more

Selfless, caring Julia Cloud finds herself "adopted" as a guardian to her headstrong niece and nephew. It seems like a perfect solution for three lonely hearts--the orphaned teens have a great companion to mother them, and their "Cloudy Jewel" finally gets the loving home she's longed for. But wh...more

Julia Cloud is a middle-aged spinster of slender means. After spending several years nursing her ailing mother, she is now orphaned, and facing the prospect of becoming an unpaid drudge and childminder for her selfish sister and domineering brother-in-law. Luckily for her, her nephew and niece, c...more

Written in 1920, this book sure goes a long way into showing what society was like in America back then. Jewel, whose real name is Julia Cloud, is a lonely spinster aunt who has been much used to take care of everyone else during her 50 years of life. Now her invalid parents are dead and she has...more

I have a deep weakness for Grace Livingston Hill books. Yes, the romance is often overshadowed by the Protestant catechesis. Yes, there is some pretty dreadful dialect, in the mouths of characters of color (who are generally servants) and people of the lower or criminal classes. The slang ages ju...more

Another sweet novel by Grace Livingston Hill. Although some of the problems may seem old-fashioned for our day and time, by substituting problems of today's youth the lessons presented in this story still apply very aptly.

This is a romance novel, but the romance is just a part of the story. You are swept pretty quickly through the romances of the younger main characters, but they are nice little stories. I enjoyed seeing the growth of the characters as they find their true loves.

One character has already had a ro...more

Nice enough book, I had no problems getting into it or getting to know the characters. Sort of idyllic, but that's a good thing about reading. You can get all involved in a rose-colored world without our problems. Couldn't stand the sister!!! I wanted to see her change her attitude but that didn'...more

Another sweet non-romance by GLH

I have only read 3 of Grace Livingston Hill's 100+ books, but I think it's interesting that 2 of them have almost identical beginning plot lines: spinster aunt is a sweet and hard working helper to her sister, yet is disrespected and unappreciated by her sister and her sister's children. Then the...more

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