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The Story of a Whim

Grace Livingston Hill

Book Overview: 

A group of girls send gifts and letters to one whom they think to be a young woman like them. "Christie" is really a poor young bachelor tending his orange grove in sunny Florida. Through his correspondence with Hazel (who still thinks he's a girl) he becomes a Christian, and falls in love with her. What will happen when she takes a trip south to meet her dear pen-pal?

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Community Reviews

I smiled from start to finish with this short sweet book. I think it's now one of my favorites by GLH.

This story was so touching it brought me to tears.

Originally published in 1903, this is the best book ever, and it's out on Kindle! A tender romance, one so beautifully written that you can't help smiling throughout. The adventure begins when a bevy of college-aged beauties are waiting for another friend to join them for their Thanksgiving holiday.

I first read this book from our church library when I was twelve . . . an edition published in 1924. I fell in love with the story and still remember it clearly 46 years later! Yesterday, I pulled out that old copy (which became mine when the library updated!) and read it again. It made me smile. Ye

I would have rated this somewhere between a 3 and a 4, depending on how frustrated you get with the lack of believe-ability of the conclusion.

I did love the part of the story having to do with how much a simple gift meant to the recipient, and how it completely changed his life for the better. Somet

Hazel and her college friends are hanging around the railroad station waiting for some friends, when they spy some decrepit furniture tagged to a "Christie Bailey" of Pine Ridge, Florida. The girls at first make fun of the poor belongings, but Hazel Winship decides that Christie must be very poor an

This was probably my least favorite GLH book I've ever read. The whole thing was centered around a lie that turns out well, which is something I am strongly against.
There was some good faith content, but I didn't feel it outweighed the bad.

This story was so sweet! A case of mistaken identity that turned into a beautiful romance. I love how this story is so much more than a romance though. It is about Christie finding Christ, himself, and his place in the world. Just plain lovely and I couldn't stop smiling the whole way through.

This is probably the weakest Grace Livingston Hill I have read. You can tell that it was one of her early works. Still, it was a cute story.

I love these old fashioned romances.

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