by Grace Livingston Hill

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Shirley sat back in her seat again contented, and resumed her thoughts. The motorman took up his dinner-pail, sat down on a high stool with his back to her, and began to eat. It was a good time now for her to eat her little lunch, but she was not hungry. However, she would be if she did not eat it, of course; and there would be no other time when people would not be around. She put her hand in her shabby coat-pocket for her handkerchief, and her fingers came into contact with something small and hard and round. For a moment she thought it was a button that had been off her cuff for several days, But no, she remembered sewing that on that very morning. Then she drew the little object out, and behold it was a five-cent piece! Yes, of course, she remembered now. It was the nickel she put in her pocket last night when she went for the extra loaf of bread and found the store closed. She had made johnny-cake instead, and supper had been late; but the nickel had stayed in her coat-pocket forgotten. And now suddenly a big temptation descended upon her, to spend that nickel in car-fare, riding to the barn and getting out for another closer look at it, and then taking the next car on into the city. Was it wild and foolish, was it not perhaps actually wrong, to spend that nickel that way when they needed so much at home, and had so little? A crazy idea,—for how could a barn ever be their shelter?

She thought so hard about it that she forgot to eat her lunch until the motorman slammed the cover down on his tin pail and put the high stool away. The conductor, too, was coming out of a tiny frame house, wiping his mouth with the back of his hand and calling to his wife, who stood in the doorway and told him about an errand she wanted him to do for her in the city.

Shirley's cheeks grew red with excitement, for the nickel was burning in her hand, and she knew in her heart that she was going to spend it getting off that car near that barn. She would eat her lunch under the tree by the brook! How exciting that would be! At least it would be something to tell the children about at night! Or no! they would think her crazy and selfish, perhaps, to waste a whole day and fifteen cents on herself. Still, it was not on herself; it was really for them. If they could only see that beautiful spot!

When she handed her nickel to the conductor, she felt almost guilty, and it seemed as if he could see her intention in her eyes; but she told herself that she was not sure she was going to get off at all. She could decide as she came near the place. She would have to get off either before she got there or after she had passed and walk back. The conductor would think it strange if a young girl got off the car in the country in front of an empty barn. How would she manage it? There had been houses on the way, not far from the barn. What was the name the conductor had mentioned of the man who had built another barn? She might get off at his house, but still—stay—what was that avenue where they had said the railroad would come some day with a station? They had called it out as they stopped to let off the woman and the little girl. Allister Avenue! That was it. She would ask the conductor to let her off at Allister Avenue.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015841336
Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
Publication date: 10/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 569,657
File size: 397 KB

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THE ENCHANTED BARN (A Christian Romance Novel) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book a lot, even with the occasional typo. The story is detailed and the two main characters complex. I had most difficulty believing the yougest character, who spoke and acted as a child of 2 or 2 1/2, not the 4 year old the author claimed her to be. Predictable in that it is a romance, but with many unexpected events before the inevitable, and welcome, happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome, parents do not be hesitate to let your kids read this. I found it to be completely wholesome, inspirational, charming, and christian. There was nothing innapropriate about it. No kissing or anything beyond that. All of grace livingston hill's books have been very appropriate. These books are good books for your kids to read if they like romance novels. I would recommend it to even the most conservative christian families i know.
XAV8RW8R More than 1 year ago
A sweet story with potential. However, it was neither proof read nor edited, and was annoying to read with so many errors. There were moments of brillance with descriptive passages, but also some that seemed juvenile and trite. Overall I enjoyed the book and recommend a thorough editing which would improve it greatly.
linda keylon More than 1 year ago
I love this book and author. I belive I have read nearly all of Grace Livingston Hill books as a teen. And reread them in 1980's. The stories are sweet and Christian romance novels. I love all her books 100 or 102 . Gtace has been an inspiration to me. I hope the nook offers all her books soon. Linda
QuietWife More than 1 year ago
What an innocent, sweet book I remember reading from my childhood borrowed from my Aunt. I was so happy to find it again. My first Nook Book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is obvious that Grace Livingston Hill carefully researched the background for this story. The attitude and family values of the main character, Shirley Hollister, is refreshing. Despite tragedy and hardship in her life, she relies on her faith in God as her provider and protector. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, all ages included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even with the typos, this is a really good book. I kove imagining how they transformed the barn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read!!! I didn't want it to end!! There were some gramatical errors through out the book that had to be overlooked.
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MCELWOLF More than 1 year ago
I read this years ago and have a library full of her books. My Mom and I read them all the time. The Enchanted Barn and Marcia Schyler were 2 of my favorites!! It's a great clean story! It is very predictable; but so enjoyable!! I was so glad to find so many of them for my Nook and for either free or for a dollar or less!! Carolyn :o)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the most amazing book about deep and emtional love that I have read in a long time! Almost fantasy of course because of the relevant fact that this could never happen in this day of man's inhumanity to man. Not that it couldn't happen, but will it ever happen this side of God's promised heaven? I think not!
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This is a charming book. I love Grace Livingston Hill books. She writes in a inspirational style. They are good decent enjoyable literature.
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This was a really sweet ,old fashiond story with just enough of a twist to keep your couriosity up. I liked the way the writer described the surroundings and I would definitly like to read more by this writer.
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