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Life held little joy for Celia Murray. Forced by poverty to leave her aunt, who had been her only source of love and warmth, Celia goes to the city to find a job. There she tries to make the best of her new home: a dreary boarding house.

Then everything changes! Celia receives an unexpected inheritance and sets about to make her dreams come true. She sends for her Aunt Hannah, and together they work a miraculous transformation on the old boarding house, making it into a place of warmth and laughter. Yet Celia struggles with a sense that there is something - or someone - missing.

Enter handsome Horace Stafford, minister of the mission chapel. At first Celia believes this is a man whose faith and compassion matches her own. But when a terrible misunderstanding comes between them, will Celia ever be able to confess, even to Horace, the deepest desire of her heart?

©1982 Grace Livingston Hill (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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A Daily Rate

Grace Livingston Hill was a wonderful author. Audible.com should have more of her books available. I know that quite a few of her books were available on audio cassette in the past, but it is hard to find them these days. The audio presentation was excellent; the narrator did very well and had a voice that is easy to listen to. I would see if the narrator has read any other books that would be worth listening to. Wish there were more books by Grace Livingston Hill on the site!

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A Daily Rate

Love all her books. This is one of her best. Loved having it read to me! Hope more will be put on Audible.

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another favorite story by grace Livingston hill

very comforting poor to rich girl story. well acted and we'll told by the narrator.

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Need more of Mrs Hill's books recorded!!

Reader was very good mostly. She needs a dictionary, though, and learn how to pronounce words. I love Grace Livingston Hill's books and am disappointed that there was only one out of the more than 50 books that she wrote.

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Good Inspirational Book

Would you listen to A Daily Rate again? Why?

It's a Christian story written by a Christian author, the narration is done well, and the story is entertaining and has a special message.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aunt Hannah, and the young man who chose to stop getting drunk, and to live a better life.

What about Susan O’Malley’s performance did you like?

Her ability to give each character a different voice, and to use inflections properly.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

a young woman learns to trust God.

Any additional comments?

All of Grace Livingston Hill's books are suitable for the whole family.

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  • GrandmaG
  • Kinnelon, NJ, United States
  • 12-29-12

Quite a bit outdated

I'm a Christian, and I'm aware that many Christians like this book (mostly women), but I couldn't get through this book. Listened to 5 hours of it. The author was born in 1865 and the first copyright was 1922. Some of the dialog is as follows: "I’m sure I’ve not known her to do the like before in the whole of her life." "Aunt Hannah had not a cross so heavy to bear in many a year." "She visited a small house on a by-street where lived an old servant." I found the protagonist to be a person that has good intentions, but is very judgmental - i.e., the way she over-reacts when a young man who is a border in the house comes home drunk. Also, when one of the young girls seeks her help with learning how to do her hair, she is repulsed by the thought of having to touch the girl's greasy hair. Then she goes into a long dissertation about taking a bath everyday, and the proper way to clean her hands and nails and how many rings she should be wearing. After that, I gave up. There are alot of Scripture verses in this book and much praying and leaning on God for strength. If you're not a Christian you might take all of this as preachy.

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