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The Best Man - Grace Livingston Hill #07 [Mass Market Paperback]

Grace Livingston Hill
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April 1996 Grace Livingston Hill (Book 7)
Pursued by men desperate for secret information that could threaten national security, Cyril Gordon seeks refuge in a church. He stumbles into a wedding, and the results are a shock!

Grace Livingston Hill is the beloved author of more than 100 books. Read and enjoyed by millions, her wholesome stories contain adventure, romance, and the heartwarming triumphs of people faced with the problems of life and love.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting if implausible plot Jan. 30 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is definitely not the usual GLH plot. Cyril Gordon works for the Secret Service, and has been assigned to step into another man's place as a codebreaker to retrieve an intercepted letter at a fancy dinner. Cyril successfully obtains the letter -- and a chase scene ensues when he is discovered. He manages to escape straight into a wedding, where he is mistaken for what he believes it the best man. Deciding that he may as well play along with this and hopefully elude capture, he finds himself instead mistaken for . . .
Well, I'm not going to spoil the plot or the chase scenes that follow after the wedding ceremony. Will Celia, the young and beautiful bride, trust him as he slowly unravels his story? Will they escape from the villains who hunt them to kill them, and what of the message that he obtained and must deliver to his chief, all the while protecting the young woman who is beginning to trust him?
I found the plot rather implausible, and sometimes the chases were tedious because there were so many of them, but GLH does deliver a good story with lovable characters and the inevitable happy ending for the good, and the proper punishments for the bad. If only all of life worked out so neatly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Proofreading Oct. 28 2012
By trek mom - Published on
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I generally love reading Grace Livingston Hill's books, but this book has some serious proofreading problems. There are mistakes on almost every page. This book is not only plagued with typos but is missing words making some sentences hard to understand. I have several kindle books from this author and they generally all have mistakes but this book is the worst so far. It's too bad--it really detracts from her message.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite July 8 2007
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This Book has delighted me since I was a child. Unlike one of the other reviewers I found the several chases kept me on the edge of my seat. In fact I have hoped for years that someone would make a movie of it. A couple of improbabilities? - Of course but then so are half of the martial arts movies, James Bond and many of the other fantasies that we eagerly lap up. A wholesome, exciting tale where the hero struggles to fulfil his task and yet maintain his integrity. I highly recommend this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hill Pulls Off Implausible Tale Oct. 16 2010
By R. Stickley - Published on
Cyril Gordon, a young, well-educated agent with the Secret Service, is sent on a dangerous mission to retrieve a coded message from powerful criminals in a New York City crime syndicate. He manages to obtain the message, but his merciless adversaries are hard on his heels. If he does not evade them, they will not only retrieve the message, which will have grave consequences for the United States, but they will also undoubtedly murder him. Thinking only of escape, Cyril jumps into a waiting vehicle outside a neighboring building, closes the door and puts on a disguise. He finds himself rushed into a crowded church and up the aisle to the altar, where he believes he is being mistaken for the best man in a wedding. His mind is almost entirely taken up with the need to escape and, being inexperienced in weddings, is married to an ill, despondent, beautiful young woman before he knows what has happened. They are whisked to a packed reception at the bride's family mansion. There is no opportunity to come clean with the bride or her family before he and his bride are sneaked out of the mansion to catch the train for their wedding trip. The story which follows details their hair-raising adventures, Cyril's and Celia's rapidly growing respect and attachment for one another, and Cyril's need to get his message to Washington and then to spill the beans to his bride. Meanwhile Celia also has explaining to do: Why had she been marrying a man she had not seen for ten years and whom she abhorred?

This is a classic Grace Livingston Hill story. It is intricately and adeptly plotted. It has the charms and limitations of a well-written romantic melodrama of its time, the late Victorian era.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best man is - one of her best! April 1 2014
By chb-book addict - Published on
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This has always been one of my favorite stories from GLH. One unusual factor is that the main character is a man rather than a young woman. Cyril Gordon is a new member of the secret service. His chief asks him to go undercover as a code-reader expert, he is given instructions and asked to not let anything hinder him. Well there are obstacles and the last one is a doozy! When he blunders into a wedding, requests for the Best Man make him think he will be standing in for him, he is married before he realizes that he is not the best man but the groom!

Cyril is the first version of a James Bond like character, with men chasing him all while he's trying to get back to Washington with his new bride, the action is great. This is a special book, the characters are wonderful and the story romantic. You will remember it.
2.0 out of 5 stars Typos, missing sentences, no annotation. March 27 2014
By Linda B. Crawford - Published on
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While I love the well-written story (which rates at least 4 stars, in my opinion), I cannot rate this version of the book higher. First, it claims to be annotated, which is patently false! The only "annotation" is a brief biography of the author. Second, there are many typos and even several sentences and paragraphs missing in places! I know this because I own and have read the soft-cover version of this book. Please do not purchase this version! I'm know there are better version out there.
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