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July 18 , 2009

The Big Blue Soldier


Marilla Chadwick’s beloved nephew is returning from the war, and Marilla is ready to welcome the dear boy home with open arms. With the help of her pretty neighbor, Mary Amber, she prepares a sumptuous dinner for him. But just as her delicious meal is ready to be served, Marilla learns her nephew isn’t coming, after all. It’s a crushing disappointment … and Marilla is too embarrassed to tell Mary Amber that the nephew she adores is too busy to see her. So when she spies a disheveled soldier coming down the road, Marilla immediately invites him to dinner … if he’ll pretend to be her nephew.

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This early novel by beloved Christian fiction author Grace Livingston Hill was first published as a serial story in a 1920 Christian magazine.

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