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Cloudy Jewel

Cloudy Jewel by Grace Livingston Hill
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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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CLOUDY JEWEL

CLOUDY JEWEL

BY

GRACE LIVINGSTON HILL

AUTHOR OF

MARCIA SCHUYLER, THE SEARCH, ETC.

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY THE GOLDEN RULE COMPANY

COPYRIGHT, 1920, BY J. B. LIPPINCOTT COMPANY

CLOUDY JEWEL

CLOUDY JEWEL

CHAPTER I

"Well, all I've got to say, then, is, you're a very foolish woman!"

Ellen Robinson buttoned her long cloak forcefully, and arose with a haughty air from the rocking chair where she had pointed her remarks for the last half hour by swaying noisily back and forth and touching the toes of her new high heeled shoes with a click each time to the floor.

Julia Cloud said nothing. She stood at the front window, looking out across the sodden lawn to the road and the gray sky in the distance. She did not turn around to face her arrogant sister.

"What I'd like to know is what you do propose to do, then, if you don't accept our offer and come to live with us? Were you expecting to keep on living in this great barn of a house?" Ellen Robinson's voice was loud and strident with a crude kind of pain... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 3 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 18, 2016
Subject: Recording
I enjoyed this book very much and appreciate the time the people take to narrate these for us but this one was recorded so soft for most of the story that even with my speakers at 100% I was straining to hear all the chapters.
Reviewer: - December 25, 2015
Subject: One of my favorites
Wealthy orphaned brother and sister are about to enter college but want to live together off campus. Their guardian stipulates that a responsible adult must live with them, in that case, and they immediately think of the favorite aunt whom they haven't seen since they were quite young. The story that follows is charming and fun, as their lives change under the influence of the Godly woman. Old fashioned and wonderful.
Reviewer: - December 15, 2012
Subject: Pick something else
I enjoyed a couple of GLH's other books including the Enchanted Barn despite their shortcomings - but here unfortunately the characters seem to be painted so naively as to be almost grotesquely ill-formed. I did not mind that the sermonising was much more central to the book than in the previous books of hers I'd read - but the unreal portrait of in effect a foster mum living with two teenage children was jarringly far from reality. I struggled with the moralising too - dancing or showing flesh caused massive consternation yet taking pot-shots at minor criminals with a revolver was apparently admirable. There is a real tragedy about the central character that seems to go beyond what the author intended. The pink and white house among the hemlocks seems aptly symbolic. It does give a window onto its time though - for instance the characters consider it generous to give the maid her own "speck" of a bathroom and they reflect that they won't have the problem of finding the maid's toothbrush left on the side of the bath which apparently was a known issue!


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