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The City of Fire

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Author: Grace Livingston Hill (Grace Livingston Hill Lutz)
Published: 1922
Language: English
Wordcount: 106,912 / 293 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 4,753 3553
Genre: Romance

"A Girl Doesn't Have to be Old Fashioned to be Good!"Lynn Severn, beautiful daughter of a small town minister, is deeply troubled by the barrier which has come between her and her former playmate, Mark Carter. A more lovable heroine than this simple and natural girl would be difficult to find.

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"I said I needed twenty-five," said Billy doggedly, lowering his eyes to cover the glitter of coming triumph.

The thick one stood squinting off at the distant mountain thoughtfully, then he turned and eyed Billy again.

"How'm I gonta know you're efficient?" he challenged.

"Guess you'c'n take me er leave me," came back the boy quickly. "Course if you've got plenty help--"

The man gave him a quick bitter glance. The kid was sharp. He knew there was no one else. Besides, how much had he overheard? Had he been around when the station telephone rang? Kids like that were deep. You could always count on them to do a thing well if they undertook it.

"Well, mebbe I'll try you. You gotta be on hand t'night at eight o'clock sharp. It's mebbe an all night job, but you may be through by midnight."

"What doing?"

"Nothing much. Just lay in the road with your wheel by your side and act like you had a fall an' was hurt. I wanta stop a man who's in a hurry, see?"

Billy re

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Diane Gaye

An OK book. The only really well-drawn character is the boy Billy. And it is much, much too "preachy"...


This book runs sort of like a movie in that the chapters end just when something exiting is about to happen and the next chapter will be about a diffrent character.The characters are unique and they grow and evolve throughout the book. A fun read.



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