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The War Romance of the Salvation Army   By: (1865-1947)

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In "The War Romance of the Salvation Army," author Grace Livingston Hill effortlessly crafts a captivating tale that beautifully blends elements of love, passion, and sacrifice amidst the backdrop of war. Set during World War I, the novel takes readers on an emotional journey through the lives of two remarkable characters – Roger and Elaine.

From the very beginning, Hill achieves a perfect balance between vivid descriptions of the war-torn setting and heartfelt portrayals of human relationships. While war is undoubtedly a central theme, it is the blossoming love between Roger and Elaine that truly steals the spotlight. As members of the Salvation Army, their shared dedication to serving others becomes the cornerstone of their relationship, making every interaction between them all the more meaningful.

One of the most striking aspects of Hill's writing is her ability to evoke deep emotions within readers. The love story between Roger and Elaine is beautifully depicted, showcasing their unwavering commitment to one another despite the countless obstacles they face. Hill expertly crafts scenes brimming with tenderness, weaving a narrative that tugs at the heartstrings. The intensity of their love is tangible and intoxicating, transporting readers into a world where love triumphs against all odds.

Additionally, Hill’s portrayal of the Salvation Army as a key element in the lives of these characters adds layers of complexity to the narrative. Through her vivid depictions, she highlights the organization's important role in providing aid and comfort to soldiers during the war. The sacrifices made by Roger and Elaine, as well as their fellow Salvation Army members, showcase the power of compassion and selflessness, leaving readers with a profound sense of admiration and respect.

While the plot is undeniably gripping, the pacing at times feels uneven. Some portions of the story move swiftly, drawing readers in with its intensity, while others linger, burdened by unnecessary details. However, Hill’s captivating prose and her ability to build suspense keep readers engaged throughout, making these occasional lulls easily forgivable.

Overall, "The War Romance of the Salvation Army" is a poignant and deeply moving novel that explores the power of love, sacrifice, and faith amidst the chaos of war. Grace Livingston Hill's compelling storytelling and her ability to draw readers into the lives of her characters make this book a truly memorable read. Whether you are interested in historical fiction, romance, or stories with a strong moral compass, this book will not disappoint.

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[Illustration: William Bramwell Booth General of the Salvation Army]

The War Romance of the Salvation Army


Evangeline Booth

Commander in Chief, The Salvation Army in America


Grace Livingston Hill

Author of "The Enchanted Barn"; "The Best Man"; "Lo Michael"; "The Red Signal," etc.

Copyright 1919, by J. T. Lippincot Company

[Illustration: Evangeline Booth Commander in Chief of the Salvation Army in America]


In presenting the narrative of some of the doings of the Salvation Army during the world's great conflict for liberty, I am but answering the insistent call of a most generous and appreciative public.

When moved to activity by the apparent need, there was never a thought that our humble services would awaken the widespread admiration that has developed. In fact, we did not expect anything further than appreciative recognition from those immediately benefited, and the knowledge that our people have proved so useful is an abundant compensation for all toil and sacrifice, for service is our watchword, and there is no reward equal to that of doing the most good to the most people in the most need. When our National Armies were being gathered for overseas work, the likelihood of a great need was self evident, and the most logical and most natural thing for the Salvation Army to do was to hold itself in readiness for action... Continue reading book >>

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